‘Buffalo, opening a three-game road trip, suffered its sixth straight loss for the first time since March 18-27, 2006. The Sabres (19-18-3) have made the conference finals each of the last two years but are in danger of missing the playoffs this season.’
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‘”We had a couple chances in the first two shifts of the third period and we gave them two mistakes,” said Buffalo captain Jaroslav Spacek. “We gave them a couple chances and they buried both of them.”‘
‘Johan Hedberg was solid in net stopping 37 of 39 Buffalo shots, while Ryan Miller put aside 25 shots in the loss.’
‘The Sabres play 11 of their next 13 games away from HSBC Arena, starting with today’s matinee against the Atlanta Thrashers in Philips Arena.’
‘Sources across the gabby NHL contend that Regier isn’t the primary reason the Sabres have lost so many players in recent years. Add up all the talk behind the scenes, and you see a pattern that suggests his own bosses are his biggest obstruction. Basically, he’s made the right call on players, only to have his decisions vetoed.’
‘“I get asked a lot whether we’ll reopen when we have the first opportunity to do so, which is next year,” Kelly said. “Frankly, it’s too early for us to tell. We’re going to evaluate how things are at the end of this season, and then we’ll decide. I don’t think the guys appear to have a strong appetite for getting into some sort of heavy labor discussions. They’re doing pretty well.”‘
‘Look to the horizon. Here comes Albright- Knox Art Gallery, skating into the picture with an uplifting winter classic of its own Friday, featuring the Stanley Cup and other coveted trophies of professional hockey.’
'The most interesting fact was that the best seat was in the 300 level as you were able to see the entire playing surface. Originally, my thoughts were the people sitting in the last row would only see a bunch of dots skating around. However, it was the exact opposite as those who sat up there could see everything. As I walked down the 100 level and stood front row, the only time the fans could see the puck was when it was along the far boards in front of the players. The rest of the time, the only thing the fans could see was the top half of the players' body.'
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Buffalo Sabres (19-17-3) at Atlanta Thrashers (20-21-1) (The Sports Network)
'On a night meant for fun, players and fans alike seemed to enjoy the atmosphere. Jackals general manager Robbie Nichols and the Sabres' Rob Ray and Morris Titanic hammed it up with each other, officials and the crowd.'