Here's a look around the NHL, starting right here in the B-lo with the team that's on a 4-0-1 run:
*The Sabres needed extra time for the fifth straight game Monday, and for the fourth time they celebrated at the conclusion. Tyler Myers' goal with 22.2 seconds left in OT gave the Sabres a 4-3 victory over Vancouver and moved them to 4-0-1 during the run of close affairs.
By accumulating nine of a possible 10 points over the last five games, the Sabres have moved from last place in the Eastern Conference to 10th, just one point out of the eighth-place playoff spot.
*Jerry Sullivan catches up with red-hot Derek Roy, who has points in five straight games and is trying to prove he is one of the NHL's top centers.
"I want to be an elite player in this league," Roy said. "I don't want to cruise through my career and just get 60, 70 points or whatever. I think that's a part of being a human being and growing up. Whatever you do in life, you want to be skilled at it. You want to be the best. I'm trying to approach it that way every day."
*Buffalo Sabres winger Thomas Vanek had a good excuse to skip the morning skate as his wife gave birth to twin boys at the noon hour Monday. A few hours later, he was skating all over the HSBC Arena rink in yet another solid performance.
*NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell is getting attention for a series of e-mails, including one that urges Stephen Walkom, then the director of officiating, to find out if a penalty against his son late in an untelevised game was called properly. In a subsequent e-mail, Campbell says he would have had to fine himself had he attended the game where his son was called for tripping - which he refers to as a "weak penalty" that "makes me sick."
Contacted by TSN for his reaction, Campbell said: "For me, it's much ado about nothing. Stephen and I would have banter back and forth, and Stephen knows I'm a [hockey] dad venting and both of us knowing it wouldn't go any further than that."
*Because the Islanders have dropped 10 games in a row in the final year of coach Scott Gordon's contract, it was hardly a surprise that Gordon was fired Monday.