'"I got a chance," Fitzpatrick explained of catching on with the Buffalo organization. "I got confidence from them that I could play. That's the biggest change, getting that confidence and having someone who believes in you."'
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'The Sabres are seven points ahead of No. 5 Philadelphia, which has four games left.'
‘Tim Connolly had a goal and assist and Maxim Afinogenov set up two goals for Buffalo (49-24-6), which tied a franchise record for victories set in 1974-75. Taylor Pyatt also scored and Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots — including 15 in the final period — in helping the playoff-bound Sabres inch closer to securing fourth place in the Eastern Conference.’
‘Connolly, a player with ratings of minus-25, minus-14 and minus-28 in past seasons, became one of Buffalo’s top penalty killers and a key member of the power play. With four regular-season games remaining, and despite missing nearly a quarter of the season, he was second on the team in assists and fifth in points. His 14 multipoint games ranked second.’
'Teppo Numminen will return tonight against Montreal after missing five games due to a sprained knee. Rory Fitzpatrick will sit along with Andrew Peters. Ryan Miller is once again in goal.'
'It may take some patience and time for Funk to develop into a quality NHL defenseman but it might be worth it for Buffalo. At the end of the day all the Sabres and their blueline prospect want to hear from the crowd is, "We want the Funk!"'
‘Chris Drury and Mike Grier are regarded as two of the Sabres who are most sound defensively. If the team is holding a one-goal lead in the waning seconds, odds are good Drury and Grier will be out there to secure a victory. Yet there they are in the Sabres’ bottom five in plus-minus. Drury is minus-14, worst among forwards, and Grier is minus-10 heading into tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens in HSBC Arena.’
‘Results from Tuesday’s tests will show for sure, but it appears post-concussion symptoms are bothering Adam Mair again.’
‘G Cristobal Huet leads the league with a .931 save percentage.’
‘”It is quite possible I have waited too long on this. It wasn’t until the last two or three months that I have become educated on the topic and started doing some of my homework relative to it,” Golisano said during a news conference. “I almost wish I had gotten involved before the one in Niagara Falls was built.”‘