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Bruins Played A Desperate Game

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

One thing never seems to change with the Sabres. They want things to come easy. So early in the second period, with a 2-0 lead, they let up. It was as if they expected the Bruins to drop their sticks, bow down to Ryan Miller and concede a 2-0 series lead.

But the Bruins reminded us of some basic truths (OK, they’re regular-season truths, but still worth reciting). Boston was a very good road team, the second-best in the East after Washington. The Bruins allowed the fewest goals in the NHL away from home. They’re a tough, resilient team, one that doesn’t melt in the face of a two-goal deficit.

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Vanek Takes A Slash To The Knee Today

Word is he will not return to the game today after taking this slash from Johnny Boychuk.

added 2:35pm, Looking at the video again, he may have also hurt his left leg/ankle when sliding into the boards.  Sabres are just saying lower-body injury.

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  Tags: johnny+boychuk, thomas+vanek

Afternoon Line

“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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  Tags: johnny+boychuk, tyler+myers

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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  Tags: ryan+miller

Mike Fisher Hit On Patrick Kaleta Last Night

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

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  Tags: mike+fisher, patrick+kaleta

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