As 16 of the Sabres take part in an optional skate inside HSBC Arena this morning, here's a look stories from around the NHL, starting right here in the B-lo:
*The fans have been trekking to the foot of Washington Street night after night this season waiting to be entertained. Finally, in the eighth home game of the year, Thomas Vanek and the Sabres delivered with a 3-2 overtime victory over Washington. His winner moved the Sabres to 3-0-1 in their last four games and 1-6-1 on home ice this season.
"We've been playing some exciting hockey -- if you've been a fan of the visiting team," Sabres defenseman Steve Montador said. "We had to get that first one to get us started at home, and we definitely want to build."
*There are garbage goals and there are superstar goals. Thomas Vanek had one of each Saturday night. He was more than satisfied by the first one but left everybody in HSBC Arena heading out into the night talking about the second one.
*Bucky Gleason caught up with Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn, who has no plans for major changes to his hockey department, such as firing Sabres coach Lindy Ruff or General Manager Darcy Regier. Quinn believed the Sabres could turn around their slow start with their current roster, but he also made it clear they wouldn't sit around if changes were in order.
"We're not going to fire Lindy," Quinn said. "Obviously, we're not where we want to be. The best way to get where we want to be, it's with Lindy. I don't think there's anybody else I would rather have doing that. One of the reasons I went down [to the arena] the other day is to take a temperature of the place. I don't think Lindy has lost any players or anything like that. We're not going to fire Lindy."
"I feel the same way about Darcy," Quinn said. "You're going to go through periods like this. The worst thing you can do is point fingers at each other and blame people. Sometimes, things you do don't work out in the short run. If we have to make changes, we'll make them. Darcy knows he can do that. In the meantime, Lindy feels he can turn this situation around."
*While the Sabres were winning their first home game, the Kings set a franchise record by improving to 8-0 in Los Angeles.
*The Montreal Canadiens are holding their breath that a new injury to top defenceman Andrei Markov's right leg is not too serious. Markov was helped off the ice at 14:50 of the third period of Montreal's 7-2 win over Carolina on Saturday night after a collision with Hurricanes' star Eric Staal. He appeared to injure his right knee — the same knee that needed surgery this summer after he hurt it during the playoffs.