Some Buffalo Sabre fans were quite upset Monday night that they were unable to see the 2-1 playoff loss to the Boston Bruins in high definition while the rest of the country could.
The reason for that is that the Versus telecast of first-round games is blacked out in the markets of the participating teams to give the home market exclusivity.
Versus carried the games in HD. MSG, the Sabres home channel, only carries the team's away games in HD when they play teams in the New York City market. CBC, which also is carrying the Sabres-Bruins series, isn't in HD on Time Warner Cable.
The same thing is going to happen Wednesday night for Game 4. Versus' HD coverage will be blacked out here again.
-- Alan Pergament