NEW YORK -- Greetings from 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The view actually is identical to the picture on the right. Anyway, it's time for the Sunday morning look around the NHL, starting right in the defenseless B-lo:
*Don't let the score fool you. The Buffalo Sabres' two-goal loss to the New York Islanders really wasn't that close. If the Isles were better at burying the glorious chances presented to them by the Sabres, Buffalo might've trudged home from Long Island with double digits in the goals-against column.
"It was just an inconsistent night with a large lapse of not getting it done," defenseman Steve Montador said after the 5-3 loss. (Side note: I'm not even entirely sure if that quote makes sense, but it is by far my favorite quote of the year so far.)
*All the Sabres have to do is say "yes" and they will start next season in Europe, according to ESPN.com and the rumor mill inside the team dressing room.
"Nothing is finalized," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier told The Buffalo News during the third period of Saturday's 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders.
*In the NHL. Those three words made a world of difference to Chris Mueller, the West Seneca native and former Nichols star who made his debut with Nashville on Dec. 28 against Dallas after taking a circuitous route to the NHL. Bucky Gleason has the story.
Bucky also writes that sources last week said Sabres minority partner Dan DiPofi is likely headed for the exits whenever Terrence Pegula takes over as owner. Managing partner Larry Quinn and General Manager Regier are expected to remain through a transition process before departing.
*Marc-Andre Gragnani tied a Portland record by assisting on five goals, giving the Pirates an 8-3 win over Worcester.
*My good buddy George Richards of the Miami Herald reports the Panthers again turned to goalie Scott Clemmensen instead of Tomas Vokoun, and the result was a third straight victory that pushed the Sabres back to 11th in the Eastern Conference.
*Speaking of good buddies, Tim Graham has plenty of takes on the big Patriots-Jets game today. I know, that's not hockey, but I haven't seen Tim in way too long, so it's just another way of saying hello.