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Here are your Sunday morning reading materials, starting right here in the B-lo:

*It wasn't pretty by any stretch. In fact, it was probably one of the ugliest, most dull games in recent history. The scene afterward, though, was absolutely beautiful for the Buffalo Sabres. They jumped into each other's arms. They looked around in search of fresh teammates to hug. They smiled. They laughed. They celebrated.

It was a long time coming. The Sabres ended their five-game winless streak Saturday with a 3-2 shootout victory over Toronto.

*Matt Ellis rejoined the Sabres for their game in Toronto, getting the call-up because Drew Stafford is out with an upper-body injury.

*Bucky Gleason writes that the Bruins weren't good enough for General Manager Peter Chiarelli. He took an honest look at his roster, became more aggressive in the offseason and plowed forward without worrying about making mistakes. The Bruins, back among the NHL's best teams, are now capable of winning the Stanley Cup.

Sabres GM Darcy Regier was so impressed with a team that lost to the Bruins in the first round last season that he kept his hands off the roster and hoped for the best.

*Buffalo News arts critic Colin Dabkowski explores today's opening of "Forty: The Sabres in the NHL," an unconventional exhibition that has the Sabres and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery collaborating to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the franchise's hard-won entry into the NHL.

For gallery director Louis Grachos -- a self-proclaimed hockey fanatic -- the show is not intended as an art exhibition, nor a factual history lesson about the team. Instead, he characterized the show simply as a visual experience fueled by dramatic photographs and absorbing video. But, the exhibition is drawing sharp rebukes from some in the art world -- not for its focus on the Sabres, but for how the exhibition was conceived and paid for. The exhibition was funded by Larry Quinn, managing partner and part-owner of the Sabres.

*Here is the Canadian Press' wrapup of the Sabres-Leafs snoozefest, with a headline I'm sure all Sabres die-hards will love: "Ennis scores shootout winner as lowly Sabres beat Leafs"

*While the Sabres can't win on home ice, their minor-league team in Portland finally lost its first game in front of their fans.

*As always, my childhood street hockey buddy and fellow Public Enemy concert-goer Kris Baker catches fans up on all the Sabres' prospects at SabresProspects.com. Today's update includes video of fights by Marcus Foligno and Zack Kassian.

*A 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic gold medal has been sold at public auction for nearly $311,000.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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