Buffalo 2, NY Islanders 1 (SO)

‘”I took a moment to have a milestone,” Miller said. “The position we were in, not going to be able to make the playoffs is just something that took my mind to a little bit of a different place. I just tried to enjoy the guys.’

Sabres’ Hecht retires

‘Hecht finished his career ranked 12th in franchise history in games played (612), 18th in goals (138) and 23rd in assists (207).’

Sabres win finale in Miller’s 500th game

‘”It was a lot of fun,” Miller said. “We just tried to enjoy everything. I’ll take a moment to have a milestone. I thought the crowd was very receptive. I really appreciate that. It made it a fun night and it’s something I’ll remember.”‘

Sabres’ Hecht retires

‘Hecht, 35, began his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues during the 1998-99 season. He joined the Sabres during the 2002-03 season.’

Sabres Close Out Season With 2-1 Shootout Win

‘The final game of a frustrating season went to overtime where Miller stopped another Isles breakaway by John Tavares. The Sabres were short-handed for two of the five minutes in OT, but Miller remained strong forcing a shootout.’

Is this the last time we see Miller?

‘Before the game, Miller was voted the team’s MVP by his teammates. There isn’t a higher honor than being selected by your teammates.’

Sabres beat Islanders in shootout

‘”I just tried to have some fun with it, just remind Buffalo people that I appreciate everything they’ve done for me,” Miller said. “It’s just taking this as a milestone because we’re not going to make the playoffs. I can just step out of myself and try and appreciate the moment just a little bit more. It was nice.”‘

Sabres 2, Islanders 1 (SO)

‘Miller stopped all three shooters in the shootout, as the Sabres concluded their season with a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. Thomas Vanek clinched the win for the Sabres, scoring the only goal of the three-round shootout. Brian Flynn’s sixth of the season was Buffalo’s lone regulation marker. Keith Aucoin accounted for New York’s scoring with a goal at 7:26 of the third period.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Grigorenko, Flynn, Pysyk to join Amerks for playoffs (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Reinforcements arrive for Amerks, but how will Cassidy use them? (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
All-around game (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Toronto Marlies open AHL playoffs Saturday against Rochester (Toronto Star)
5 Reasons the Amerks Can Upset the Marlies (WGR-AM)
Amerks, Marlies open playoff series with Game 1 in Toronto Saturday (Amerks.com)

With future unclear, Miller savors the present

‘“There’s been a lot of ‘could be last game as a Sabre’ the last few years,” Miller said. “I’m just trying to enjoy the moment. It’s going to be my 500th game. I’m going to approach it the same way I’ve approached the other 499: Just put your pads on and try to do your best. See where it kind of goes, go out and have fun, try and make the saves and see where it all shakes out.”’

Reflective Miller aware 500th game could be last with Sabres, not angry at fans

‘“Some people were giving me some grief,” he said, “and I just picked my hand up, like, ‘OK, I hear you.’ It wasn’t a, ‘Screw you.’ It wasn’t a, ‘I hate you guys.’ It was, ‘You know what? I hear you. All right, enough. I get it. Just let me try to do what I got to do.’ It was just a tough game.”’

Sabres’ Rolston hasn’t spoken to management about future

‘“That’s obviously one of the strong points that I have in terms of helping players move on and get better in development situations and that process,” Rolston said. “Right now, we’re in that. It’s been difficult with the lockout year, just the time that you have. A lot of your time is just trying to get yourself back to preparation for the next game.”‘

Friday’s New York Coverage

Islanders-Sabres Preview (AP)
New York Islanders (24-17-6) at Buffalo Sabres (20-21-6) (The Sports Network)
Sabres wrap up season vs. playoff-bound Islanders (NHL.com)
Game Preview: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Sabres Miller not mad at the fans

‘That’s what I don’t understand, it’s the heat of the moment, you get emotional. You’re telling me that if some of the fans came up to me and just spoke to me a couple hours after the game, they couldn’t have a civil conversation?’

Sabres Leino has lung injury

‘I had heard weeks ago that Leino had a collapsed lung and I asked him right away before a game. He flatly told me no. Today I asked Ron Rolston if he had a collapsed lung and he said, “He had some issues with his lung yes that he’s dealing with and he’s actually a lot better, he’s doing well right now.”’