'LaFontaine made his return, but was always one hit away from having to retire for his own good.'
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'With the NHL locked out, Ruff, the Sabres coach, and Regier, their general manager, don't have a whole lot else to do.'
'The other night the Americans set a franchise record for their largest home crowd when they played in Buffalo. How enthusiastic were they?
Ryan Miller: They were great. They were happy to see hockey back in Buffalo. They have been deprived for a while with the lockout. The team had some fun around town; we got there early and went around town.'
'I love to tell stories about Buffalo, the old Aud or just the people I met there when I lived in Buffalo. It’s a great city, good community and a great place to raise a family. I always enjoy going back. It’s one of the most underrated cities in the country. It’s too bad that Buffalo ended up with the reputation that it has, because it’s a great place to live and raise a family.'
'Pyatt will depart Thunder Bay for the Swedish capital of Stockholm where he will play in the All-Swedish league, which is the second division of hockey in that country.'
Miller helped Rochester extend its winning streak to six games by stopping 109 of 112 shots in three victories last week.
" He's got a hairtrigger on his shot. It's uncanny how quick he shoots that puck. It just touches his stick and it's flying at the net. Few are really quick and none are quicker."
'His strong play through January and February earned him his first extended recall to the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. In 23 games with the Sabres, he scored 1-8-9. Instead of a breakout season of domination with the Amerks, Bartovic has been just another player most nights. The Amerks hope that changes tonight when they play the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:05 at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.'
'"As much as it's an individual honor," Kelley said after speaking to an audience that included NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and legendary coach Scotty Bowman, "I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the people of Buffalo and Western New York. "For a kid from Buffalo to write for his hometown newspaper and have an audience in his hometown believe and trust in his words, that's every bit as important to me as getting this award."'
'"It's part of our job right now with the hunger the fans have to portray the game in a good light," Miller said. "We're the show right now in Western New York, and a lot of people showed up to support us. I was excited so many people turned out. It was a great chance for us to showcase. It's good to see hockey is still strong in people's minds."'