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Miller gets little help in 3-1 loss to Caps

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Buffalo SabresIt hardly went unanticipated, but before the Buffalo Sabres faced off against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night fans on hand at the HSBC Arena gave Ryan Miller a prolonged, heartfelt standing ovation for his heroics during the Olympic Games.  The much deserved reception lasted nearly two minutes; long enough to make the typically unflappable netminder nearly blush.

Sadly, the team gave its fans precious few reasons to get on their feet once the puck dropped.

Miller fared well and was spectacular at times in his return from the Olympic break in making 37 saves, but his teammates continued to wallow in offensive misery as the Eastern Conference leading Capitals skated out of town with a 3-1 victory.

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Buffalo Sabres trade for Raffi Torres

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Raffi Torres

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired left winger Raffi Torres from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the final hour before the NHL trade deadline.

According to reports the Sabres gave Columbus Nathan Paetsch and a second round draft pick.

In addition, the Sabres traded forward Clarke MacArthur to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for third and fourth round draft picks.

Torres has 19 goals and 12 assists for 31 points in 60 games for Columbus this season. He’s spent most of the season on the team’s second line.

“It’s exciting. Torres said on TSN. ” I’m coming into a playoff group and I’m hoping I can just come there and help them along the way.”

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Report: Gaustad to be out for at least a week

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Paul GaustadAccording to a report from, Buffalo Sabres center Paul Gaustad will miss at least a week of playing time with what head coach Lindy Ruff officially called an “upper body injury”.

By upper body injury, he really means a right hand that is sore as hell.  Gaustad scuffled with Mike Rupp of the Penguins in the third period of last night’s game and after the fight was over immediately skated off the ice holding his right hand.

“Someone is going to have to pick up the slack,” Ruff said in the online report. “Derek Roy’s percentage in the last five, six games has gone way up so he’ll become a real key faceoff guy for us.”

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Game Preview: Sabres vs Capitals

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 9:53 am

One thing we know for certain is the Buffalo Sabres will be returning home to face the Washington Capitals tonight at the HSBC Arena.  What remains to be seen is exactly who will or won’t be on the roster that was when everyone went to bed last night.

As of this posting the NHL trade deadline was under five and a half hours away and Buffalo had yet to make a move.

Buffalo News Sabres beat writer John Vogl wrote last night that Sabres general manager Darcy Regier was not close to making any trades.

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UB Wrestler Looking For a Perfect Ending

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 9:50 am

University at Buffalo 157-pound wrestler Andrew Stella has lived through what some would say has been a “unique” career. Competing in the sport of wrestling his entire life, the fifth-year health and human services major is looking for a perfect ending to a deserving career.

Growing up in a competitive family in nearby Tonawanda, New York, Stella wrestled in New York’s Section VI and was victorious at the sectional tournament all four years. When asked who his biggest athletic influence was Stella immediately responded with his father, a well-respected Section VI wrestling referee for 20 years. Since he was about four or five years old, Stella competed under the close instruction of his father. With each win, his love for the sport grew larger.

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HS Hoops: East, Maryvale & Akron move on in sectionals

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 9:22 am

For Section VI boys high school basketball, Saturday’s finals are starting to fall into place.  Tuesday night saw a pair of A-2 semifinals contested at Buffalo State College and by the time the night was over East and Maryvale advanced to Saturday’s class final.

East star forward Domonique Jackson scored a game-high 23 points as East was in control throughout and eliminated city rival Lafayette, 68-48.  Jackson is a much-needed piece to the East squad, who suffered badly while he served a two-week academic suspension.  It was just his second game back.

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Regime change brings opportunity for young Bills

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 7:01 am

trent edwardsRegime change in the National Football League is many things to many different people. For fans, seeing their favorite team begin anew is both cathartic and challenging to one’s patience. To ownership, it’s pretty similar. With coaches, it’s all about the opportunity to not only build a team from scratch and try to build a consistent winner, but about making a name for yourself as well.

It’s very different for players. Take the current Buffalo Bills, for instance. Buddy Nix is the new GM, while Chan Gailey is the new head coach. The team will be making massive changes on both sides of the ball, particularly defensively, where they’re switching to the 3-4 alignment. With those changes, many players could quickly be out of jobs. Bills players such as Chris Kelsay, Kyle Williams, John McCargo and others may be released or see their roles change drastically under the new regime. Many more players are in the same boat.

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Achiuwa named Region III Co-Player of the Year

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 6:45 am

AchiuwaErie Community College men’s basketball player God’s Gift Achiuwa (yes, that’s really his name) was named the Region III Co-Player of the Year, an honor he shared with Leon Nelson of Genesee Community College.

Achiuwa was named the co-player of the season after a freshman campaign that saw him average 13.0 points and 13.5 rebounds a game.  He led the team in scoring in five games this season and in rebounding in 25 of 29 games.  He had a season-high 30 points versus Rhode Island on December 13 and 22 rebounds February 6 versus Jamestown-Olean.

Also being named to the first-team All-Region was Tola Lawal.  Lawal was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 16.2 points per game.  Lawal was a second-team All-American last season and ended his Erie career with 1,104 points.  He finished seventh on the school’s all-time list, just one point ahead of Kilroy Jackson (1994-1996).

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Simmons, McElroy Named Rookies of the Year

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 5:30 am

Buffalo State’s Jake Simmons and Staci McElroy were named the men’s and women’s basketball State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Rookies of the Year respectively.  Simmons and McElroy along with senior Antonio Samedi were also all named to All-SUNYAC honorable mention.

Simmons exploded on the scene this season as the fourth highest scorer in the league averaging 16.8 points-per-game.  A theatre major, he also led the league with 2.36 steals-per-game and 2.68 3-pointers-per-contest, and set a new Buffalo State record, hitting 67 total treys on the season.

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UB Athletic Communications Office Receives National Recognition

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 5:15 am

The Football Writers Association of America has announced its first “Super 11″ field of sports information departments, which were deemed the best in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2009 season.

In alphabetical order those 11 schools are: Buffalo, Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, San Jose State, Southern California (USC), Texas and Utah.

“There are clearly many outstanding sports information departments across the country,” said Tim Griffin, 2010 FWAA President and chairman of the Super 11 Committee. “But our group felt there was a smattering of schools that merited commendation because of their exemplary work above and beyond the call of duty. This is our first collection in what will be an ongoing process.”

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Sabres lose at Pittsburgh; Gaustad injured

  • Posted on March 3, 2010 at 12:05 am

A Buffalo Sabres comeback attempt fell short at Pittsburgh Tuesday night as they lost to the Penguins 3-2 in a duel of back-up goaltenders. Backups Patrick Lalime of the Sabres and Brent Johnson of the Penguins each had solid nights, stopping 25 and 26 shots respectively.

Pittsburgh opened the scoring almost 15 minutes in as Sergei Gonchar drilled a shot just inches off the ice past Lalime on the power play. It was the 200th goal of Gonchar’s career.

The Penguins made it 2-0 at 3:13 of the second period when Ruslan Fedotenko slid a pass through the crease to Lalime’s right and the puck was directed in by an untouched Pascal Dupuis.

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