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Eastern Conference update: Rangers win again

It's a big night in the Eastern Conference as the Sabres host the Devils, the Hurricanes host the Lightning, the Canadiens host the Capitals and the Leafs travel to Detroit. Be sure to join us in the 6:30 p.m. range as warmups begin for tonight's live blog from HSBC Arena.

We've already had one huge game played this afternoon as the New York Rangers held on for dear life to post a 1-0 win at Boston. That puts New York even with Montreal at 87 points (but the Canadiens have a game in hand they'll play tonight), and four points ahead of the Sabres (83 with two in hand going into tonight).

Henrik Lundqvist recorded his NHL-high 11th shutout of the season and really held the fort in the third period as Boston had a 12-1 advantage in shots on goal and buzzed the Rangers' zone. What impressed me the most as I watched was the way the Rangers defense helped him out with an incredible 29 blocked shots in the game. Dan Girardi and Brian Boyle combined for nine.

In the face of injuries and a pop-gun offense, the Rangers have been terrific in recent games. They're idle until playing the Sabres here Wednesday and will come into that game on an 8-1-1 streak. It is odd, however, how their offense has disappeared. The Rangers have just three goals in the last three games -- but have somehow managed five of six points! Prior to that, they had 17 goals in the previous three games. Weird.

So here's the up-to-the-minute standings in the bottom half of the East heading to 7 p.m.

5. TBL, 89 pts, 74 GP
6. MON, 87 pts, 75 GP
7. NYR, 87 pts, 76 GP
8. BUF, 83 pts, 74 GP 
9. CAR, 80 pts, 74 GP
10. TOR, 78 pts, 75 GP 

---Mike Harrington

Hecht and Montador back in tonight

Jochen Hecht (five games, upper body) and Steve Montador (three games, lower body) will end their injury-induced absences tonight when the Sabres host the New Jersey Devils. Coach Lindy Ruff confirmed the changes his morning after his team's optional skate but would not say who is coming out of the lineup.

However, Mark Mancari skated extra and is expected to be the scratch to make room for Hecht. On defense, Ruff said there is an injury that necessitates Montador's return. He would not specify who was hurt but it's believed to be Jordan Leopold, who was shaking his hand on the bench last night late in the second period after crashing into Ryan Miller and the net while running down Florida's Ryan Carter on a short-handed breakaway.

Ruff confirmed that Ryan Miller will again be in goal for his sixth straight start. Tyler Myers, who nearly missed last night's game with the flu, is fine and will also play.

The Devils, meanwhile, are expected to be without defensemen Anton Volchenkov and Colin White tonight and have recalled Jay Leach from Albany

The Devils started 10-29-2 and were 27 points out of the playoffs on Jan. 8. Then then went 23-3-2 to get as close as six points of eighth place. But they have finally fallen off, going 1-3-1 in the last five games and scoring just five goals in that stretch.

Three of those goals came in the lone win, a 3-0 victory over Columbus. The Devils scored just one goal in losses at Ottawa and Boston, and were shut out by Washington and again last night in Pittsburgh in a 1-0 shootout defeat. They're now 10 points behind the Sabres with just eight games to play but Ruff still said today he was amazed by how far they rallied under coach Jacques Lemaire, who returned to the bench after John MacLean was fired.

"I thought it was incredible. I really do," Ruff said. "To come from where they were at and climb to a possible playoff position ... and have the record they did until this last week, I think everybody in the league, especially everybody in the East, was taking a look at what Jersey was doing. You have to give Jacques a lot of credit for walking in and getting that team going in the right direction."

---Mike Harrington

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Live from the Arena: Sabres vs. Panthers

The playoff race continues tonight in HSBC Arena as the Sabres meet the running-for-the-offseason Florida Panthers. Will be definitely keeping an eye on the out-of-town board tonight as the Hurricanes are in Tampa for a 7:30 start and  the gasping-for-air Devils are in Pittsburgh at 7. New Jersey is here tomorrow night and the Sabres will just miss the return of Zach Parise.

 The Devils are simply running out of time after their miraculous run as they enter tonight's game nine points out with nine games to play and this looks like their do-or-die weekend.

Not much to say about the Sabres' game yet. It's the start of yet another back-to-back, their 18th of 22 this season. The Sabres are 9-7-1 in the first half and 7-8-2 in the second. Buffalo has swept two sets, split 13 and been swept twice.

Keep it here for more updates.

---Mike Harrington

7 p.m: All seven defensemen take the ice for the Sabres. There is a rumor that Tyler Myers is ill but he is taking the warmup. So is Steve Montador. Stay tuned.

7:30 p.m.: Sabres scratch Montador. Myers is in. 

Sabres starters: Gerbe (big hand when he was introduced)-Gaustad-Mancari-Butler-Leopold. Goal: Miller
Panthers starters: Booth-Reasoner-Dadonov-Weaver-Garrison. Goal: Vokoun.

Third Period

9:21 p.m.: The puck is dropped. Gaustad returns to take the draw.

13:43 left: Miller with a nice pad save on Weiss. Shots are 3-2 for Buffalo.

10:48 left: Samsonov for hooking. Sabres need to get a clincher right here.

10:17 left: There you go. Pominville's shot from the point is deflected home by Leopold. What was he doing there? Sabres lead, 3-1.

10:04 left: And that's going to be it for the Panthers. Stafford makes a steal at center ice and puts home an Ennis rebound. His second of the night and 28th of the year. Sabres lead, 4-1. Two goals in 13 seconds.

8:45 left: Mancari goes for slashing. Carolina takes a 3-1 lead in the third at Tampa, which is really struggling of late. Looks like Buffalo lead will remain at three points.

6:19 left: Penalty killed. Shots are 8-4 for Buffalo in this period (29-18 game). This is called taking care of business.

5:00 left: If Sabres hold on -- and they better -- they will improve to 17-16-4 at home. It will mark the first time this year they have more home wins than regulation home losses. Remember, they started here 0-6-1 so they've spent nearly five months climbing back.

2:43 left: The fans are doing the wave. Really? Ugh. OK. At least we get some hip music to it with the Hawaii Five-O theme. But still. Very 80s.

1:30 left: Ennis stopped in tight after a great move to avoid the defense. Good thing he did or he might have lost a knee.

2.5 left: Panthers beat Miller for a meaningless goal to make it 4-2. Evgeny Dadonov.

It's over: A solid 4-2 win. Carolina leading 4-1 with 5:00 left so no change there. Final shots were 32-24 for Sabres.

Second Period

8:28 p.m. The puck is dropped. AP eagle eye Bob Matuszak spots no David Booth on the Panthers' bench.

17:27 left: Ennis has been a maniac in this game, skating all over the place. He dumps it to  Boyes and his backhander is tipped home by Stafford for his team-high 27th. Sabres lead, 2-1. Stafford's first goal since the March 6 overtime winner at Minnesota, a drought of six scoreless games and two missed due to a hamstring strain.

13:35 left: Shots are 5-2 for the Sabres in this period. A good start.

10:00 left: We've played half the period in 12 minutes of real time. Almost no whistles.

9:35 left: Finally a whistle on a Vokoun save. Shots are 7-2 for Buffalo. Booth will not return tonight according to the Panthers.

9:11 left: Weiss for elbowing Gaustad. Pretty high. Looked a little like Crosby-Steckel although this didn't look all that accidental. Gaustad to the room.

8:39 left: Vanek absolutely robbed by Vokoun with the left pad trying to wrap the rebound around the Florida goalie.

7:52 left: Leopold and Connolly avert disaster at the point as Leopold gets back to snuff Ryan Carter's breakaway attempt. The net came popping off behind Miller and Leopold was shaking his left hand going back to the bench.

6:34 left: A dangerous game with the weak Panthers hanging around. Shots are 20-10 for Buffalo (10-4 in this period)

5:02 left: Carolina takes a 2-1 lead in the second period at Tampa Bay.

3:50 left: Gerbe goes for tripping, a quick takedown of Samsonov at center ice.

2:36 left: Miller with his best save of the night, moving to his left to rob Dmitry Kulikov with the glove. Came a few seconds after Weiss' shot was tipped through teh crease but not into the net by MIke Santorelli.

1:38 left: Sabres survive the Florida power play.

1:00 left: Miller stops a Marty Reasoner deflection after some rough work in his own zone by Leopold.

9.4 left: Miller again as Santorelli breaks in through the circle. Shot gap cut to 11-8 by Panthers.

First Period

18:37 left: Pominville pounds home a rebound from the edge of the crease after Vanek ends up on his butt in the crease bumped into Vokoun. They ruled he was pushed in there. Sabres lead, 1-0, on Pominville's 19th.

17:42 left: Referee Bill McCreary talked to Panthers coach Pete DeBoer about the goal and said he was going to call a cross-checking penalty on Keaton Ellerby for the bump on Vanek and that's why the goal stood. McCreary, by the way, is working his final regular-season game in Buffalo tonight in a career that dates to 1984. The longtime NHL official is retiring after the season.

15:59 left: Myers certainly looked ill there. Falls to his knees in front of his own net and lets go a weak backhander that's easily intercepted by Sergei Samsonov. He backhands one past a clearly surprised Miller to end the Panthers shutout streak at 135 minutes, 21 seconds. Game tied, 1-1.

14:23 left: Vokoun with the nice stop on Morrisonn and the rebound by Ennis.

12:51 left: The Edge sends its thanks to the Panthers Radio Network for some pregame air time. Longtime NHL defenseman Randy Moller, who played parts of two seasons in the 90s with the Sabres, is the Florida radio voice and his goal calls are wildly popular in the Sunshine State. Moller is best known for his days with the Quebec Nordiques and also played with the New York Rangers before finishing his career with the Panthers in 1995.

11:39 left: Boyes stoned from in front on great Ennis feed. Shots are 8-3 for Buffalo so far as Vokoun has been excellent.

8:30 left: Excellent attention to detail by the game staff to again put NCAA Tournament scores up on the out-of-town board. Just noticed Kansas has an early 25-9 lead on Richmond. So much for the Cinderella.

5:10 left: Not many whistles here. Gerbe-Gaustad-Mancari still causing plenty of havoc in the offensive zone. No substitute for hard work. Shots are 9-4.

2:35 left: Kansas is up on Richmond 33-11 and North Carolina leads Marquette, 36-15? No drama for CBS and TBS early, that's for sure. Meanwhile, Carolina and Tampa Bay are 1-1 in the first period.

2:31 left: David Booth to the dressing room for the Panthers after taking a puck to the mouth.

End-1st: Tied at 1-1. Shots were 10-6 for Buffalo. Panthers outscored Buffalo, 8-1, in the first period of their four meetings this season.

Sabres look to stay in front

The Sabres are playing in front in the standings and hope to do that on the ice tonight against the wounded Florida Panthers, who are 14th in the East and have been shut out in two straight games.

It would be a change from the way Buffalo has played against Florida this season as the Panthers have outscored the Sabres, 7-0, in the first period of the three meetings. The Panthers were blanked Tuesday in Madison Square Garden and again Wednesday in Chicago, with goaltender Tomas Vokoun calling out his teammates after that 4-0 defeat.

"Their desperation should be greater," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said today when asked about the Panthers' shutout streak, which is at 131 minutes, 24 seconds. "Any time you haven't been on the board offensively, there's always a push to be better. That makes them a club I consider more dangerous."

Florida has been without leading scorer Stephen Weiss the last two games with a leg injury and he's doubtful for tonight.

The Sabres have a three-point lead on Carolina for eighth place and the Canes have a toughie tonight at reeling Tampa Bay, which is just 2-4-4 in its last 10. The Sabres can pull within two points of the idle Rangers and four of idle Montreal with a win and still keep a game in hand over both of those teams.

"When you're chasing, you're looking at hopefully getting some help," said Brad Boyes. "Where we're at is the point that if we can just do things for ourselves and play well, we control our own destiny."

"We're in a situation where we don't have to look behind us," Ruff said. "If we take care of what we have to do, we're in good shape for the rest of the year."

Ruff said Steve Montador will be a game-time decision tonight. He's missed the last two games with a lower-body injury.

"He's doing pretty good," Ruff said. "He's not 100 percent but he's doing well."

---Mike Harrington

Video: Remembering a Buffalo sports legend

John Vogl, Mike Harrington and Bob DiCesare recap the Sabres' tribute to former player Rick Martin.

Sabres present a first-class day

As I left HSBC Arena today following the Rick Martin memorial, as I transcribed the quotes from it and as I prepared to write the story, one thought continually popped into my head:

That was a first-class tribute and event.

The Buffalo Sabres' organization did everything right. Every detail seemed to be taken care of, every touch from the flowers to the stage to the seating to the speakers to the videos -- you name it -- was right on. It was impressive.

I write this with much respect -- and a bit of shock. I've reported on this organization for nine years, and for the past four I've been around the team at home and on the road almost daily. Let me say without hesitation, the organization has done plenty of things wrong. Who hasn't? you might ask. That's true, but there have been so many behind-the-scenes, daily-grind screw-ups and head-scratching policies that it's almost inconceivable.

Yet today, it was perfect. Terry Pegula and Co. promised to do things first class when they took over last month, and it appears they are intent on delivering.

The organization can rest assured that it is being noticed.

"It’s fantastic," said Rene Robert, who also has had plenty of complaints about the way the franchise has done things in the past. "Not to take anything from the previous owners, but this Mr. Pegula, as you’re going to find out over the upcoming years, how genuine this person is, and so is his wife. For me to say this, I have to be sincere because as you know I’ve been burned many times before. To come back in the loop under this ownership, I am looking so forward to bringing the Stanley Cup to Buffalo."

---John Vogl

Video: Rick Martin memorial service

(James P. McCoy / Buffalo News)

Family, friends and former teammates of Rick Martin remembered and honored him during a public memorial service today in HSBC Arena.

Watch clips of the various speakers below, and keep checking back as more videos will be uploaded throughout the day.

Ian McPherson, friend and golfing buddy

Rick Jeanneret

John Vogl, Mike Harrington and Bob DiCesare recap the event

Jumbotron segment with players, coaches, coworkers and friends

Gilbert Perreault

Rene Robert

Brother Robert Martin

Son Corey Martin

Danny Gare

Martin honored by his extended family

Corey Martin, the son of Sabres legend Rick Martin, knew his dad was a public figure. It was obvious whenever they'd be out and people would stop by to say hello or reminisce.

Corey got a good look at much Buffalo really appreciated his father when he died suddenly March 13. Many of the folks who sent their condolences gave Corey a standing ovation today following his speech in HSBC Arena during the Sabres' tribute to their former player.

The approximately 2,500 people who attended the memorial rose to their feet following Corey's glowing tribute to Martin.

"He went out doing what he loved," said Corey Martin, who recalled the high spirits his father was in just hours before his heart gave out. Rick Martin was pleased to talk about new owner Terry Pegula and was riding with his dog to visit friends when he died.

"There was that renewed sense of optimism from my father," Corey Martin said. "You could see that little gleam in his eye."

Corey Martin was one of eight speakers, in addition to program host Ed Kilgore, who paid tribute to the left winger on the French Connection. Below is the audio of the 70-minute memorial.

---John Vogl

Video: Rick Martin's memorial service

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Rick Martin: Fan appreciation

Remembering Rick Martin

Before the memorial services Thursday, join a live chat here at 10 a.m. to leave your remembrances of high-scoring Sabres winger and Hall of Famer Rick Martin.

Words from the dressing room

MONTREAL -- The Sabres dropped the Montreal Canadiens, 2-0, in Bell Centre. Nathan Gerbe scored both goals, while Ryan Miller made 31 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and first since Jan. 6.

Miller: "I was able to see some pucks, and we’re blocking them and stepping into lanes to force them outside a lot. As for defensive efforts, that was one of our strongest."

Paul Gaustad: "Both goalies played great. Ours played a little bit better."

Lindy Ruff: "There was a lot of anger and frustration in us giving up a point the other night, and this was a real good answer for it."

Gerbe: "We’re trying to play smarter. We need to learn to win games 1-0. That’s what’s going to help toward the end here. We knew we needed to be smart."

---John Vogl

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Live from Sabres at Montreal

MONTREAL -- Greetings from the best place in the world to see a hockey game. There are a few Sabres staffers in town and in Bell Centre for the first time, and I told them there is no other place like it. Sorry, Ted Black, but this is Hockey Heaven. Of course, it helps that they invented the game. The only bad part is they don't let you forget it.

Anyway, the goaltending matchup is Ryan Miller versus Carey Price. A huge roar from the 21,273 fans just went up when Price was shown on the scoreboard.

There aren't too many places in the United States I haven't been, but I made my inaugural appearance in Vermont on Monday. Flights to Montreal are ridiculously priced, so I flew to Burlington and drove the 100 minutes to Montreal. It was pretty easy, though it wouldn't be in December or January.

Burlington is exactly as I pictured it: quaint. Hills topped with church steeples, trees galore, old-New England feel, covered bridges across flowing rivers. Postcard stuff.

Anyway, it's almost game time.


7:40 p.m.: The Sabres start the game with Tim Connolly between Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville, with Chris Butler and Jordan Leopold on defense.

7:42 p.m.: Andrej Sekera and Tyler Myers are still a defense pairing.

7:46 p.m.: Montreal gets the first power play, with Brad Boyes going for tripping with 14:50 left.

7:49 p.m.: Miller stops six shots during the penalty kill to keep it scoreless at the first commercial break. Montreal has an 8-2 shot edge with 12:39 to go. These fans like P.K. Subban almost as much as I like Dunn's smoked meat and Sortilege maple whiskey. Had a little (OK, a lot) of both Monday night.

7:52 p.m.: Buffalo gets its first chance on the power play with Hal Gill tripping Tim Connolly with 12:10 to go.

7:55 p.m.: The Habs kill the penalty.

7:59 p.m.: Subban interferes with Pominville with 8:07 to play.

8:02 p.m.: Miller makes a solid glove grab on Michael Cammalleri with 5:29 left to send the teams to the last commercial scoreless.

8:09 p.m.: Scott Gomez's pass to Brian Gionta at the top of the crease gets fired over the net to keep it scoreless with 3:58 to go.

8:13 p.m.: And the teams head to intermission knotted at 0-0. Montreal has a 12-8 shot edge.


8:31 p.m.: Game on.

8:33 p.m.: The Sabres get the man-advantage again with Patrick Kaleta's buddy Paul Mara cross-checking Paul Gaustad with 17:51 left.

8:35 p.m.: The power play last just 1:04 as Vanek gets whistled for goalie interference with 16:47 to go.

8:39 p.m.: Sabres back up a man with 14 minutes to go when Alexandre Picard trips Nathan Gerbe, just seconds before Price stones Jordan Leopold from close range.

8:41 p.m.: Still scoreless at the first commercial break with 11:56 to go. Montreal has a 15-13 shot edge.

8:45 p.m.: Gerbe opens the scoring with 11:04 left, skating through the slot and tipping Myers' slap pass from the point.

8:48 p.m.: It's still 1-0 with second commercial break hitting with 8:31 left.

8:54 p.m.: More chants of "Carey, Carey" go up as Price gets a pad on Tyler Ennis' shot with 5:11 to go. Still 1-0 lead for Buffalo.

9:04 p.m.: Habs supply intense pressure in final minute, but Sabres skate to dressing room with 1-0 lead intact. Montreal has a 22-19 shot edge.


9:21 p.m.: The Sabres are 19-2-3 when leading after two periods, while the Habs are 1-23-2 when trailing after two.

9:27 p.m.: The fast-paced hockey is finally interrupted by a commercial with 14:28 to go and the Sabres still up 1-0.

9:29 p.m.: The Sabres need to win to keep pace with the seventh-place Rangers, who beat Florida, 1-0. Carolina holds a 4-3 lead over Ottawa with three minutes left.

9:32 p.m.: The Sabres head to the power play after James Wisniewski gets called for hooking with 12:07 to go.

9:46 p.m.: Sabres hold a 1-0 lead with 2:54 to go at final commercial.

9:54 p.m.: Gerbe scoress into an empty net with 21.3 seconds left to give the Sabres a 2-0 victory.

---John Vogl

Sabres seek better start against Canadiens

     MONTREAL -- The Sabres are done lamenting their poor finish in the last game. They're focusing on a better start to the next.

 The Sabres visit the Montreal Canadiens tonight, two days after blowing a 3-1 lead in the final 2:30 of regulation and losing to Nashville in overtime. In the Sabres' last visit to Montreal, they were down, 2-0, in the game and 2-0 in the shootout before becoming the first team in NHL history to overcome those dual deficits in the same game.

 "We got off to a tough start here last time, but we played a good 40 minutes after that and ended up winning it in a shootout," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after the optional morning skate in Bell Centre. "You're looking at two teams that are similar, good speed, good transition, good goaltending. I expect this to be a real tight game. I don't expect either team to run away with the play, but I think both teams could have pockets of good play that you're going to have to take advantage of."

 The Habs are coming off an 8-1 trouncing of Minnesota on Sunday that helped defenseman P.K. Subban get named the NHL's Third Star of the Week. He had a hat trick and an assist in the game.

 Ruff, meanwhile, agrees with the league's decision to suspend Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke for the final 10 games of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs for a head shot on the Rangers' Ryan McDonagh.

 "The league nailed that one," Ruff said. "A repeat offender, lots of incidents the same, and we need them out of the game. We need those plays out of the game.

 "He can miss 17 games, that's a pretty good message. I think any guy that has a head shot in his history now, a deliberate attempt, the message is pretty clear. I think that's a good message to have."

-- John Vogl

NHL throws the book at Penguins' Cooke

This has been a wildly interesting afternoon full of news in the NHL. Let's go around the league:

---The big one came down in the 5 o'clock hour: Matt Cooke of the Penguins is suspended for the remaining 10 games of the regular season AND the first round of the playoffs. Will cost him more than $219,000. About time a message was sent by this league. Is it still a garage league, Mario?

5:50 p.m. update: Guess the Penguins are totally on board. Kudos to them. Read GM Ray Shero's statement, a scathing rebuke of his own player. Very, very refreshing to see.

And look at this scathing tweet on Cooke by Edmonton defenseman Ryan Whitney.

---The Penguins, meanwhile, play tonight in Detroit with the Red Wings down to 10 forwards and can't call up anyone else due to salary cap consideration. Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler are all out.

 ---Alexander Ovechkin is nursing a groin injury and will not play in tomorrow's Capitals-Flyers showdown. He could be out 7-10 days. Hmmm. Bet this has been lingering longer than the Caps admit and is a big reason for the Great Eight's lackluster season.

---The Canucks suffered a huge blow with the news Manny Malhotra's eye injury is very serious and he will be gone the rest of the season and playoffs. A very terse release, which doesn't portend good news longterm either.

---The Blackhawks are holding their breath over what could be a serious knee injury to Patrick Sharp.

---The Senators announced a four-year, $12.75 million extension for goaltender Craig Anderson, who has been a huge upgrade over Brian Elliott since Ottawa swapped goalies with Colorado.

---The Thrashers are still stinging from Saturday's rout in HSBC Arena and coach Craig Ramsay had some serious words for his players in face-to-face meetings and again in this Atlanta Journal-Constitution interview.

---Mike Harrington

Sabres move on from Sunday's collapse

The Sabres met, talked, watched video and then skated for 30 minutes today in HSBC Arena before heading for Montreal and Tuesday night's matchup with the Canadiens. The big message was to forget Sunday's collapse against Nashville -- but also to learn from it as well.

"It was a bad situation," said goaltender Ryan Miller. "You completely own up to that, get a point and move forward. If we start hanging our heads and beating ourselves up, it's going to spin into something else and that doesn't need to happen. It's a long season. We're down to the crunch time of it and everything is magnified."

"They realized to put all that work in and to give it away to make the mistakes we made was unacceptable," added coach Lindy Ruff. "They know that. Mistakes are part of the game. We take a lot of pride in being a smarter team. We made a couple mistakes we don't want to make again."

Miller bolted off the ice after Martin Erat's overtime goal went into the net (think Dominik Hasek-Darius Kasparaitis circa 2001), and was quickly out of the locker room after reporters were let in.

"I did not like the way that played out," Miller said today. "I thought a 3-1 lead with under three minutes left and to lose? Unacceptable. On every front. Top down. So I got out of there quick and didn't talk because I had nothing good to say. Maybe you guys wanted to hear something from me but it wasn't going to be good or productive. It wasn't going to be positive."

On the injury front, Steve Montador (lower body) skated some but left early because his lower-body injury was still troublesome so he's almost certainly going to be out again tomorrow. Patrick Lalime (knee) was also on the ice before the main practice began. Ruff said Jochen Hecht (upper body) is improving and could return this weekend.

Here's audio from Ruff and Miller after today's practice.

Lindy Ruff

Ryan Miller

---Mike Harrington

Timing for Martin service announced

Rick Martin's retired No. 7 banner was lowered from the roof of HSBC Arena during Sabres practice today and hung from the bottom of the HD board after the team left the ice in preparation for Thursday's memorial service.  

The Sabres have announced the following details for the event:

---It will begin at 11 a.m. and be streamed at

---Doors will open at 10. The service is expected to last until approximately noon.

---Seating will be general admission  on the press box side of the building and a stage will be positioned in front of the player benches.

---There will be free parking in the Sabres' surface lots on Perry Street.

---Mike Harrington

Postgame audio from Lindy, Connolly

The Sabres coughed up a chance at a wonderful weekend by coughing up a two-goal lead in the final 2:30 Sunday. Tim Connolly and Lindy Ruff reflect on the 4-3 overtime loss to Nashville.

---John Vogl


Tim Connolly


Lindy Ruff

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