‘”It was pretty easy tonight after our effort in Florida,” said Vanek, who in the shootout abandoned his usual point-blank trickery for a hash-mark slapper. “We just take a lot of pride. We know we’re not going to win every night, but it’s just our mentality not to lose two in a row. After a loss, it’s “Do whatever it takes.’ “‘
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‘Sekera became the 28th player to wear a Sabres jersey this season, the fifth in his NHL debut. He played left defense with partner Nathan Paetsch. Toni Lydman took Numminen’s spot alongside Dmitri Kalinin.’
'While it is possible to find many former CHL players on the pro rosters in the Buffalo Sabres organization, the club currently has just four prospects skating in those junior leagues. This may well be the fewest number of prospects the club has developed in the CHL in many years.'
'The 18-year veteran suffered the injury during Buffalo's 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, and X-rays confirmed the break. He did not dress for Saturday's shootout win over Montreal.'
'Sekera, 20, was voted best defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League last season when he played for Owen Sound. The native of Slovakia was a third-round draft pick (71st overall) by Buffalo in 2004, and most scouts consider him a can't-miss prospect.'
Canadiens unable to capitalize on lacklustre Sabres (Montreal Gazette)
Streit proves value as Habs’ jack of all trades (Montreal Gazette)
Extra-special teams (Canadiens.com)
‘”With Tomas, there’s nothing that surprises me,” Ruff said. “I thought he might have faked it, but I’ve seen other guys in the league do it, and I think the odd time it catches the goalie a little bit off guard. It was a terrific shot, and in the right spot.”‘
‘”If you break a bone, it’s four to six weeks,” Numminen said. “I don’t know what it is but with a toe you can see how it feels in the skate. I haven’t talked to the doctors yet, but I’m sure it’s not going to be that long.”‘
‘”The past few shootouts, I tried my old moves and I wasn’t successful, so I just went with something different,” said Vanek. “I was hoping he’d think it was just a fake and it worked out. I don’t think he was expecting it.”‘
‘”We played a lot harder. In Florida the other night, it was embarrassing. We were outskated and outworked. A reality check produced a good win for us.”‘