'Vaclav Varada is looking forward to Christmastime. It's the season for giving, and the rugged Buffalo Sabres winger wouldn't mind delivering a little special something to a former teammate.'
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'Sabres rank third in Eastern Conference in shots taken (343) and second in shots blocked (162).'
'Rhett Warrener, one of the Buffalo Sabres' top defencemen, could be out for as long as a month with a strained groin, the team said Monday.'
'Rhett Warrener could be out up to four weeks with a slightly torn groin and Dmitri Kalinin is having a MRI done on his injured hand and is considered day-to-day.'
'Across the league, more players are using Easton's "Synergy" stick, the first one-piece stick to create a buzz in the hockey world.'
'Gilmour did the right thing – he went after Varada. Going low to take the knee, well, that wasn't nice, but what do you do when a guy has tried to knee your goalie's head into the cheap seats? Invite him for tea?'
'I witnessed one of the most flagrant cheap shots in the history of the National Hockey League Friday night. The problem is that I'm not sure whether it was Vaclav Varada's knee to the head of Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore or Doug Gilmour's attempt to perform major surgery on Varada's knees without benefit of anaesthesia.'
Playing without 3 of their regular defensemen, the Buffalo Sabres still put up an wall in front starting backup goalie Bob Essensa Saturday night in New Jersey. The only problem was that the New Jersey Devils still found a couple of cracks in the wall during powerplays and were able to defeat the Sabres 3-1 despite getting off only 11 shots on goal.
'The two-time defending Eastern Conference champs beat Buffalo, 3-1, on the strength of a pair of power-play goals and a brick-wall outing by goalie Martin Brodeur. The loss was spectacularly frustrating for the Sabres, who played their best defensive game of the season despite the absence of injured defensemen Rhett Warrener, Richard Smehlik and Dmitri Kalinin, and suspended checking forward Vaclav Varada.'
'"Their two physical players were out of the game. Maybe if we were all in, maybe the other guys could have played hockey and we could have taken care of it," said Boulton, who also faulted the officials for losing control of the game early. "It was just a rough game. That's what hockey's about. Sometimes it gets a little out of hand, but it's the refs' job to keep it intact."'