JFK TERMINAL 5 -- I have just landed in New York and received the official notice from the Sabres that they have canceled their morning skate in advance of tonight's game against the Rangers. Madison Square Garden is unavailable due to a St. John's-Notre Dame basketball game this afternoon and the Sabres had ice time at Chelsea Piers but opted to simply meet in the hotel and head to the rink for the game in the 4:30 range today.
So we'll speak to Lindy Ruff in the 5 o'clock hour about his surging team, which is now five points out of a playoff spot and 11th in the Eastern Conference standing as we head into the final game before Monday's NHL trade deadline. Just last Friday night after a shootout loss to Montreal, the Sabres were 10 points out and last in the East.
Still, Bucky Gleason writes this morning that the schedule and the number of teams to pass leave the Sabres with a daunting task. It's made tougher when teams above the Sabres play each other, which happens tonight when Washington plays at Toronto.
In John Vogl's game story, he recounts how Ryan Miller was again golden in net and Derek Roy earned a huge measure of redemption in the shootout.
My Sabres notebook talks to Andrej Sekera about his first goal in 22 games, the callup of Corey Tropp and several number-worthy items from the win.
The Bruins, meanwhile, are just 8-9-2 in their last 19 games and the Ottawa Senators can pull within one point of them with a regulation win tonight when the teams meet at Scotiabank Place (Boston will still, however, maintain three games in hand). They also play Tuesday in Boston.
In the Boston Globe, the Bruins were happy with Friday's game (minus the outcome). They should be, because they played a terrific third period and got a good showing from struggling backup goaltender Tuukka Rask.