Archives for November 2013

D’Agostini plays big role in win

‘“I was just trying to work hard and contribute in any way I can,” D’Agostini said after Buffalo’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center on Friday. “Early on, I didn’t want to try and do anything special, just work hard and shoot the puck. I think I passed up a couple opportunities, but it felt good to get the first one under my belt.”’

Saturday’s New Jersey Coverage

Sabres-Devils Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (6-20-1) at New Jersey Devils (10-11-5) (The Sports Network)
Sabres, Devils meet after ending losing streaks (

Sabres take down Maple Leafs, 3-2

‘“The last couple days the players are starting to get to know me better and I’m starting to get to know them,” coach Ted Nolan said. “We’re starting to understand one another. The last couple of games, we’re starting to come. We’re doing some good things. We’re starting to finish our checks. Defensive zone, we’re getting a lot better.”‘

Leafs aren’t ready for their closeup

‘That’s two wins for the Sabres against the Leafs here in two weeks – and 13 in the last 15 meetings since 2008. Bizarre.’

Special teams play role in Sabres victory

‘A power-play goal and a big penalty kill helped key the Sabres to their 3-2 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center.’

Sabres beat Leafs in overtime, send legions of Toronto fans home unhappy

‘“Look what happened after the game was over,” winger Drew Stafford said following the Sabres’ first win in six games. “After a home win you get beer cans thrown at you. We’ll take it. Everyone’s happy in here. We got to remember how this feels.”’

Sabres’ Mikhail Grigorenko and Brayden McNabb should return tonight after healthy scratches

‘“But we’re in a competitive sport, and the guys … they got to try to keep their positions,” he said. “They slip off a little bit, somebody’s right there to take your job. There’s nothing like a good old competition.”’

Saturday’s Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs drop OT decision against Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs’ play should be a major concern for fans (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs’ Bernier anxious for home work (Toronto Sun)
Woes continue with OT loss in Buffalo (Toronto Star)
Trevor Smith in Leafs’ penthouse, James Reimer among four in doghouse (Toronto Star)
When in Buffalo, it’s wings and pizza time (Toronto Star)
Is Buffalo the worst team in the NHL’s three-point game era? (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Toronto Maple Leafs burned by late penalty in overtime loss to Buffalo Sabres (National Post)
Is Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel covering up ailing wrist? (National Post)
Gloomy November continues for Leafs in Buffalo (TSN)
Leafs swimming in a pool of frustration (Sportsnet)
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Sometimes You Can’t Beat the Postgame Spread

‘At the First Niagara Center, visiting teams favor a handful of places that serve Buffalo-style pizza — thicker than in New York but much thinner than in Chicago, with pizza sauce light on the sugar and salt. Ricota’s gets the call about 30 times each season, said Samir Khoury, one of the brothers who own the modest pizzeria and grocery store in an old south Buffalo neighborhood.’

Sabres upend Maple Leafs 3-2 in OT

”’It is always really fun to play,” Ehrhoff said. ”The fans that come down sometimes outnumber the Sabres fans and it brings out the best in our fans, too. They are up for the challenge and they were really loud again tonight.”’

Buffalo 3, Toronto 2 (OT)

‘”I thought tonight we had a pretty solid night and also scored some goals,” said Buffalo forward Drew Stafford. “You’re not going to win a lot of games 1-0.”‘

Feisty Sabres edge Maple Leafs in OT

‘”We really deserved that power play that we got at the end,” Ehrhoff said. “There were probably three or four situations we should’ve gotten a call and we finally did. It set us up for the goal.”‘

Sabres Get 3-2 Win Over Leafs in OT

‘After a scoreless third period, the two sides skated to overtime where Ehrhoff won it just 35 seconds in. The victory marks Buffalo’s first since November 15th, a 3-1 win over the Leafs on home ice The Sabres own a 13-1-1 record against the Maple Leafs in their last 15 meetings at First Niagara Center.’

Sabres new winger works well on the walls

‘”Players that come from St. Louises and Pittsburghs, they know how to play the game right,” said Nolan. [D’Agostini] did it tonight.”‘

Ehrhoff scores in OT to lift Sabres past Maple Leafs

‘”It was definitely nice,” Ehrhoff said. “It wasn’t a big blast, it just found a little lane there and put it through [Carl] Gunnarsson’s legs and Reimer didn’t see it.”‘