'“He's worked a lot on his game in the offseason,” said Sabres' right-wing Jason Pominville. “He's improved a lot. He is really reliable defensively now. He is so talented offensively that he creates things. He uses his linemates well. They're having good chemistry and they're helping our team win a lot of games.”'
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'He just continues to prove that he is one of the best in the league, making the big stops that keep Buffalo in games. And when the Sabres do have the lead, Miller ensures that it will remain in their favor.'
‘Ottawa matched Buffalo’s speed, enjoyed its best game in weeks and left town with a 3-1 victory. The Sabres have lost only six games all season, including three if four meetings with the Senators. “I don’t like losing to them,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “It gives them confidence. It’s something we have to rectify as a team.”‘
‘Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday that doctors diagnosed Connolly with having a disc that was aggravating a nerve in his neck, which could be the source of persistent headaches that have sidelined the center all season. Connolly recently received an injection in hopes of relieving the neck problem and the headaches.’
‘It’s easy to say McKee’s departure from Buffalo was about the money, but it’s only partially true. He felt he had no choice. He wouldn’t discuss details of what the Sabres offered him, but he said it was less than half of what he signed for with the Blues.’
‘As long as they don’t play them in the postseason, the Ottawa Senators don’t seem to have much trouble against the Buffalo Sabres.’
‘He’s still out with a concussion, though, and the Sabres are over the salary cap by his $2.9 million U.S. salary. They’d obviously like Connolly back for his sake. However, they also want to know where they stand with him, long term, before they decide how they’re going to handle their Daniel Briere-Chris Drury dilemma. With both players estimated to be (at least) in the $6 million U.S. range next season, speculation is that the Sabres will keep one and let the other go. If Connolly is not in the picture, though, that could change the equation.’
Sens shuffle off skid (Ottawa Sun)
‘Thank God Alfie is back’ (Ottawa Sun)
Spezza scores a pair as Sens beat Sabres (Ottawa Citizen)
Sabres take ‘new direction’ in Connolly’s treatment (Ottawa Citizen)
‘”I wouldn’t say we’ve solved them,” Spezza said. “We definitely get up for these guys. They beat us last year in the playoffs, and we’re developing a bit of a rivalry.”‘
‘”My fear was that they’d beat us on special teams,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “They beat us on special teams again tonight. From a skating and playing our systems standpoint, we were close to our game. We generated a lot of good opportunities. We had some real good missed opportunities.”‘