Ted Nolan, Rob Ford, Norm Kelly and lessons learned

‘Ted just has a knack of getting players to play for him. They will run through brick walls. Systems can be taught. The stuff Ted brings is not as easy to bottle.’

Saturday’s Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs edge Sabres in shootout (Toronto Sun)
Sabres’ Scott continues to create drama vs. Leafs (Toronto Sun)
Sabres’ Ted Nolan brings work ethic (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs give coach something to like about shootout (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf appears close to signing long-term deal (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs sink lowly Sabres in shootout (Toronto Star)
Franson, Kessel in penthouse, Bernier and Phaneuf in doghouse after shootout win (Toronto Star)
Photo gallery (Toronto Star)
Leafs recover from early lapse to beat Sabres in shootout (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Toronto Maple Leafs squeeze out shaky shootout win over Buffalo Sabres (National Post)
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf appears set for big payday with new deal reportedly close (National Post)
Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle not focusing on Winter Classic yet (CP)
Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle hears it from fan in Swiss Chalet (CP)
Maple Leafs write twist in shootout script (CBC)
Nearly healthy, the Leafs have run out of excuses (Sportsnet)
Bernier vanguishers SO demons as Leafs edge Sabres (TSN)
Photo gallery (MapleLeafs.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Carlyle doesn’t like shootouts but they are working well for the Leafs

‘”I thought we started off real well, but the second period shows you how you can get yourself in trouble when you keep turning the puck over,” said interim Buffalo coach Ted Nolan. “We turned it over a number of times.”‘

John Scott doubles career goal total in Sabres’ 4-3 shootout loss to Maple Leafs

‘”It was nice, unexpected, but when you don’t score many of them, it makes it a little more special,” said Scott. “I knew (Leafs goaltender Jonathan) Bernier was kind of coming back in, so I wanted to get it to the right side of the net.”‘

Toronto 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)

‘”That was one of the worst periods we’ve played all year,” Moulson said. “Obviously, they took advantage of that.”‘

Lupul scores shootout winner as Leafs edge Sabres

‘”I thought we started out real well,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “The second period shows you how you get yourself in trouble, of you turn the puck over and we turned it over a number of times. What we deserved tonight is what we got.”‘

Miller’s crossing

‘ I came to Buffalo, we had a few playoff runs and there was a lot of hope. Then you go to the Olympics and get pumped up even higher. It feels like something is going to come from all of this, but you go through a couple of tough seasons. People are disappointed and frustrated. That doesn’t change my job; it just explains the trade rumors and other stuff hovering around.’

Sabres sniper Matt Moulson faces interesting times

‘”Definitely, I think there is,” answered Moulson, when asked if there is a chance he could sign a new deal to stay in Buffalo. “I don’t know what they think of me. I love playing for Teddy.”‘

Leafs Outlast Sabres 4-3 after Shootout

‘It remained 3-2 until the final minute of regulation when Dion Phaneuf was called for hooking. Steve Ott popped his fifth goal of the year into the net on the ensuing power play, tying the game 3-3. The two sides skated to a scoreless overtime period, sending things to a shootout where Lupul was the only skater to find the net.’

Many firsts early in Leafs game

‘We found out what the Sabres would do with a 2-0 lead, in 20 minutes they’d be down 3-2.’

Maple Leafs beat Sabres in shootout

‘Buffalo tied the game late after Phaneuf was called for hooking with 51 seconds to play in regulation and gave the Sabres a power play. With Miller on the bench for a sixth attacker, giving Buffalo a 6-on-4 advantage, Bernier lost track of Tyler Myers’ shot in the crease and Ott shoveled it home to send the game to overtime.’

Scott scores rare goal in shootout loss

‘“It was good to see our team battle back,” Ott said. “The relentless of our team that came back and found a way to tie it up, that’s the stuff that we need and that’s why we continue to find character together.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks fall to CSKA Moscow 4-3 at Spengler Cup (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Grigorenko match winner for CSKA Moscow (Davos Zeitung)
Amerks come up short in 4-3 loss to CSKA Moscow (Amerks.com)

Surging Sabres’ next challenge, win away from home

‘While the Sabres have seven points in their last five games, the road has not been a kind place. The last time the team earned a point a way from First Niagara Center was an overtime loss at New Jersey on Nov. 30. Its last road win was Nov. 5 in a shootout at San Jose.’

Sabres fondly recall world junior championship memories, believe tournament shaped their careers

‘“To be able to make that team was so cool,” Ennis said. “I remember as a kid just thinking it was cool to make your top team in the city. To be amongst the top players in your age group in the country, especially a country where hockey means everything, was very special and twice as special to win it.”’