6:52: Bob DiCesare here at HSBC Arena filling in for the ailing Mike Harrington. It's a tripleheader for me. Already covered the Canisius College men's and women's basketball games. I'm sure I'll be blogging at a less frequent pace than you're accustomed as I re-acclimate to Sabres game story coverage.In any case you can't complain about the price.
7:04: Sabres open with Tallinder and Myers on D, with Connolly centering MacArthur and Stafford. Miller in net.
7:09: Roy between Pommer and Vanek. Sekera with Butler. Hecht with Grier and Kennedy.Montador-Lydman.
7:17: First penalty. Brind'Amour two minutes for tripping. Perhaps this will breathe some life into a listless start on both sides. Shots 3-1 Canes.
7:21: Canes get a goal from Matt Cullen after Myers coughs it up near the Sabres blue line. Cullen beats Miller with a high backhader. It comes nine seconds after penalty expired. Sabres had two shots on PP, both by Pommer. Goal came at 8:19.
7:38: Still waiting for Sabres to break out of slumber. Not that Canes are full of vitality either. Second night of back-to-back games for both.
7:41: First period ends with Canes on top, 1-0. Stafford went off for high sticking at 18:53. Shots 9-7 Carolina.
7:47: Observations: Neither team has much gas in the tank. Canes, who are 0-9-3 on the road, could start sensing a breakthrough victory. Be interesting to see if Sabres can reach a little deeper in the second period. Missing sparkplugs Gaustad and Kaleta doesn't help.
8:09: Sorry. Dozed off. Sabres get a good chance by Vanek during another PP but it goes for naught. Came with Sergei Samsonov off for high sticking at 3:21. Otherwise . . .
8:16: MacArthur off for high stick. Anyone else have the feeling a Canes goal here could put this away? Of course, Carolina did blow a third-period lead Friday night.
8:19: Canes go on two-man advantage for 46 seconds after Roy trip.
8:24: Some boos after sustained Canes flurry that included a coupole of Sabres giveaways. They're the Quicksand Kids tonight.
8:27: Sabres go on PP as Ward goes off for a hook on Vanek cutting in on net. Vanek gestured like he wanted a penalty shot. No dice.
8:32: Amazing glove save by Miller on Brind'Amour keeps Sabres within a goal. He was prone and somehow manage to thwart one of the league's wily veterans.
A sustained rally . . . and a goal. Grier nets his fourth from a crowd in front just after Vanek fails to convert into an open net.
9:05: First MacArthur, then Roy, and now it's 3-1. Looks like the Sabres had plenty in reserve for the third after sleepwalking through the first two periods. Canes just can't finish off anybody on the road.
9:22. Sorry folks Deadline intervenes. Hecht and Vanek make it 5-1 and Sabres are going to get away with playing 20 serious minutes of hockey. Miller's save made all the difference.
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