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Turning over a new Leaf: All the coverage as a new era starts with a toppling of Toronto

By Mike Harrington

Quite a Friday night at First Niagara Center as the Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, in a smashing debut of the Pat LaFontaine-Ted Nolan era. The teams will go at it again tonight at 7 in Air Canada Centre, with only a couple of Sabres expected to skate this morning. Nolan and players will be available in the 5 p.m. hour and we'll have updates then.

As for last night's game, I actually forgot this point: The Sabres are on their first two-game winning streak of the season! The purge of Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston, remember, came after a win, Tuesday's shootout escape over the Los Angeles Kings.

That was an ugly-ugly-ugly affair. Last night's game was not. As John Vogl reports in our main story for today's editions, "Hope, fun and noise filled the Sabres’ arena, a hat trick that was desperately needed in Buffalo." Sure was. 

In my column today, No. 16 decided to give his old coach a chance to right a wrong and it was a brilliant move.

In our Sabres notebook, Amy Moritz talks about how the game quickly became fun again for Steve Ott and the results showed on the scoresheet with the captain's first multi-point game of the season.

Photographer James P. McCoy has a gallery of pictures spanning the big night. 

For your video viewing pleasure, click here to see Nolan's postgame news conference.

Click the files below to see the welcome video to Nolan and LaFontaine that fans watched in First Niagara Center, and the highlights from the game.


Sabres coaching | Sabres game day | Ted Nolan | Toronto Maple Leafs
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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.

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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.

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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 |