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“If you look back in Detroit, [Tomas] Holmstrom, whatever it is he just really grinds on people. Pittsburgh had [Matt] Cooke last year – same thing. Patty, I think for his part is maybe a little in between those guys. He plays with a good edge but I saw a few times last night that he held up because it wasn’t the right opportunity to take a hit or a run. When he does crash into the boards it just means that he thinks it’s a little late and he might put our team at a disadvantage so he does a good job of paying attention to that kind of stuff.

-Ryan Miller on Buffalo teammate Patrick Kaleta.  More on Kaleta from Erin Pollina at BuffaloSabres.com.

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Bruins Want A Review Of Myers Hit

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

If it’s up to the Bruins players, 19-year-old Sabres defenseman and Calder Trophy candidate Tyler Myers would be one of the first players to be penalized under the blind side, head shot “Savard” rule the NHL adopted last month.

Johnny Boychuk was drilled in the side of the jaw by an elevated Myers’ shoulder – that was either a lateral hit or a hit from behind—during the third period, and went down in a heap before quickly recovering and hopping back into the play.

It ranked high on the dangerous scale, but ultimately didn’t put the tough Boychuk out of commission with a head injury. That’s both the good and bad news….

“I didn’t see him coming, I didn’t have the puck and I felt like it was a shot to the head, I guess,” said Boychuk. “Then they called it the freakin’ hit of the night in the arena with the fans going crazy.  He was coming right at my head.

“[He hit] me right on the side of the jaw. I guess they’re letting that go now. I expected a physical game no matter what. It is playoffs and everybody is going hard and putting everything on the line because they want to win the Cup.”

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added 1:05pm, Watch the hit below…

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Jochen Hecht Out After Surgery On Finger

via Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff just announced that Jochen Hecht had to have another procedure on his finger yesterday and will be out for “weeks, not days.” Looks like he’s out for the entire series, perhaps longer if the Sabres advance.

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Ryan Miller Ready For A Playoff Run

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

It’s in his eyes and attitude, his words and actions. Basically, it’s in everything he does.

Ryan Miller has a desire to be elite, a hunger to be champion.

“This guy, he wants to be the best,” Buffalo Sabres teammate Steve Montador said. “He practices to be the best. He talks about being the best. Not in a cocky “I’m better than anybody,’ with a sense of entitlement, it’s, “I want to be the best. Don’t you want to be the best with me?’

“What he represents is true grit and character of a winner. No matter what, he’s going to give it his all. If it doesn’t attract you, there’s something wrong with you.”

Now is when Miller’s magnetic approach needs to pull his team forward.

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Sabres Not Getting Much Attention

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

A goalie in the mix for the Vezina and Hart trophies, a defenseman who is the odds-on favorite to win the Calder Trophy, a team offense that was top 10 in the NHL this season and a goals-against average that was top five.

Sounds like a Stanley Cup contender, right?

Well, you’d be hard-pressed to find many media pundits who have the Buffalo Sabres in their Stanley Cup finals predictions (I’ve got Washington coming out of the East). So, what gives? Why no national buzz for a Sabres team that essentially went wire to wire in winning the Northeast Division en route to a 100-point season?

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Patrick Kaleta Out After Thumb Surgery

BUFFALO, NY (March 29, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today that forward Patrick Kaleta had surgery on his thumb Monday, and is expected to be out a minimum of 2 weeks.

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Hart Trophy Should Go To Ryan Miller

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Hart Trophy hardly ever goes to a goaltender, give or take the odd Dominik Hasek or Jose Theodore.

But this may be one of those years when voters select a goalie as the recipient of the NHL’s most valuable player award. In large part, voters shun selecting a goalie because netminders have their own award, the Vezina Trophy, to contend for, just as Major League Baseball voters figure pitchers have the Cy Young Award.

This season, however, NHL voters should get their heads out of the sand.

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Mike Fisher Hit On Patrick Kaleta Last Night

Fisher received 5 for boarding and a game misconduct. Too much?

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Mike Robitaille’s Health Is Improving

from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News, H

e advises men where to get treated for prostate issues, explains where to get dental implants and tells customers what cheese to buy. But those commercials were filmed some time before the Buffalo Sabres studio analyst was seriously injured Feb. 3.

On his way to a Sabres game, he had stopped at a light on Oak Street when a a car behind him rammed his BMW, which hit the car in front of him, Robitaille said. Almost instantly, he knew he was in trouble.

“I couldn’t move my arms; I couldn’t move my legs,” he said. “My nose was itchy, I couldn’t scratch my nose. I couldn’t get my cell phone. I couldn’t do anything. ... I knew it was spinal. My arms and legs — there was nothing there.”

Some feeling returned later that night, but so did pain and fears. Five weeks later, after Dr. Kevin Gibbons — the same neurosurgeon who treated Bills tight end Kevin Everett — attached his vertebrae to a metal rod, Robitaille walks slowly with a cane, wears a neck brace and is on painkillers.

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Ryan Miller - Superstar?

from Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal,

Ryan Miller was the most valuable player at the Olympic tournament, where he won a silver medal for Team USA. He’s one of the best hockey players America has ever produced. He’s making $6.25 million this year for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. His team is in first place. He’s dating an actress. And if you asked him, he’d probably be happier if we shut up right now.

“What can I say?” Mr. Miller said during an interview on a press tour Monday, where he said all the attention has been a bit surreal. “I’m from the Midwest, and everything was always about keeping a low profile.”

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