'Defenseman Alexei Zhitnik wore the "C" for the Sabres' 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators in the preseason opener at HSBC Arena, a surprise move to some of the 16,558 spoken-for seats. It is uncertain who will wear the "C" for tonight's home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6 because Sabres coach Lindy Ruff insisted he will move the letter around the roster before settling on someone. That's if he settles at all.'
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'"I felt good, getting the puck in the pads, in the glove, in the chest," Biron said. "A few of the rebounds were really close in front of me so I could freeze them. "I'm going to go home and put that away and feel good when I come back (to practice this) morning."'
'When the Sabres made their first wave of cuts yesterday, Fitzpatrick remained with the NHL team while fellow veteran defensemen Mike Hurlbut, Doug Houda and Mario Larocque were sent to the Amerks…Also re-assigned were goalies Tom Askey and Ray Bourcier, defensemen Doug Janik and Luc Theoret, left wingers Karel Mosovski and Andrew Peters and right wingers Milan Bartovic, Alan Fyfe, Ales Kotalik and Jaroslav Kristek.'
'Round-trip bus service will be offered to six Buffalo Sabres games this hockey season. The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Au-thority, which provides bus service for the Rochester area, made the announcement yesterday.'
'While the Senators struggled to get through the Sabres' tight-checking style, Lalime stood strong by kicking aside 30 shots — including 14 in the second period — as Ottawa skated to a 1-0 shutout win over Buffalo.'
'Sabres spokesman Michael Gilbert said the team has handed out close to 10,000 free tickets for its two preseason home games to area firefighters, police officers and emergency medical workers. Midway through the first period, the crowd – prompted by a tribute on the scoreboard – gave a two-minute standing ovation in honor of all emergency workers.'
'Patrick Lalime was in midseason form, recording 30 saves as the Ottawa Senators spoiled the Buffalo Sabres' preseason opener with a 1-0 blanking.'