'Ryan Miller's development this season with the Rochester Americans may have put him ahead of Martin Biron and Mika Noronen for good.'
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'The measure of Vanek's progress is in the numbers. It's not that he leads all American Hockey League rookies with 30 goals. That might have been expected from the University of Minnesota star who dazzled Buffalo with his offensive gifts during the 2003 Frozen Four. More telling is Vanek's plus-4 rating, a positive compiled even though 16 of his goals have come on the power play and therefore are stricken from the equation.'
'"We had a producer from ESPN and two league people and they were really excited," Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said.'
'I like a bright arena and I feel this made the arena look darker. I would've liked to have one zone white and one zone blue so I could've compared it. I could see the puck very well and the blue was much sharper after being resurfaced. It only took about seven minutes for the snow to start developing. By the end of the period, the snow covered most of the blue. I looked at the TV monitors and it almost looked like the old white ice.'
'But from afar there was a distinct difference, as the black puck seemed to stand out well on its powder-blue backdrop, especially when it slid along the orange ''blue'' lines. ''I think the orange lines really stood out,'' said Rochester forward Derek Roy, who watched the game from the press box after he was given the night off. ''I think that was a positive. But overall, it didn't look that much different. It looked like everyone adapted and everyone liked it.'''
Blue ice, orange blue lines didn’t faze Amerks players (Rochester D&C)
Amerks’ mastery of Barons continues (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Miller Records 8th Shutout (RNews.com)
Amerks Win On The Blue Ice (WGR-AM)
Ammerks shut out the Barons 2-0 to set season record (Amerks.com)
Americans Defeat Barons 2-0 (ClevelandBarons.net)
Amerks Shutout Barons, Set Record (Sabres.com)