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Miller, Vanek propel Sabres to game one win

  • Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:47 pm

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After 82 NHL regular season games and an unforeseen Olympic run, if you don’t think Ryan Miller is the best goaltender in the sport of hockey today—I truly don’t know what to tell you.

While the rest of his Buffalo teammates forgot you’re required to skate and play in the second period of opening playoff games, Miller stood on his head—stopping 23 of 24 Boston Bruins shots to somehow keep his suddenly lifeless team from getting run off the ice.

Fortunately for Buffalo, by the end of the period Craig Rivet’s scorching slap slot found the upper corner of the Bruins net and propelled the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory in grabbing game one of the best of seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal in front of a jam-packed, exuberant sellout HSBC Arena crowd.

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Martinez, Bisons Walk off with 3-2 Win

  • Posted on April 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Daisuke Matsuzaka was the star attraction on Thursday afternoon in downtown Buffalo, but Fernando Martinez and the comeback Bisons stole the spotlight.

Martinez sent the Herd to their first walk-off victory of the season when he drove home Alex Cintron in the bottom of the 10th inning of a 3-2 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Matsuzaka was making his second rehab start of the season for the Sox Triple-A affiliate, this time against the Bisons. He was solid through six shutout innings, giving up just three hits and striking out two with no walks.

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Dice-K to make rehab start in Buffalo today

  • Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

If you’re a Boston Red Sox (I’m not) who was looking for any extra motivation to check out the Bisons at Dunn Tire Park, pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, AKA “Dice-K” will be making a rehab start this afternoon for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The game is scheduled for 4:05pm.

Matsuzaka has been sidelined with neck and back injuries. He had a five inning setback-free start in his last outing and is scheduled to have one more rehab start before returning to Boston within the next two weeks.

He went 18-3 in 2008 before struggling to just 4-6 in 12 starts last year before injuries cut his season short.

Hecht out for series; Sabres lines for tonight

  • Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:20 am

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There’s bad news on the injury front for the Buffalo Sabres; head coach Lindy Ruff announced this morning that Jochen Hecht had to have another procedure done on his injured finger.  He will be out for at least a few weeks, meaning he won’t be available at all for the Sabres in the quarterfinal series against the Boston that starts tonight, and perhaps longer.

Hecht had 21 goals and 21 assists for Buffalo this season and his playoff experience will be missed against the Bruins.

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BSD Series Preview: Bruins vs Sabres

  • Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:00 am

Bruins vs Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres are back in the playoffs for the first time in three years as champions of the Northeast Division. Their first test? The Boston Bruins, who did not live up to expectations this season after recording the most points in the Eastern Conference last year.

The Competition

The Bruins were a scary team in 2008-09. They had a powerful offense led by a first line of Milan Lucic, Marc Savard and Phil Kessel, while Zdeno Chara (who won the Norris Trophy for best defenseman) and Dennis Wideman were the backbone of one of the top defenses in the league. In net, Tim Thomas led the NHL in save percentage and goals against average en route to the Vezina Trophy. Most importantly, the Bruins were mean. Lucic was a wrecking ball, while Shawn Thornton could enforce while putting in a solid 10 minutes of physical hockey on the fourth line. Those two combined with Chara’s looming presence for a group that could impose itself at will. And impose they did, all the way to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and only one point shy of the Presidents’ Trophy.

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UB throttles Niagara in baseball, 21-4

  • Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:52 am

The University at Buffalo baseball team erupted for nine runs in the top of the fifth including 16 unanswered runs en route to defeating Niagara, 21-4 on Wednesday evening at Sal Maglie Stadium. In the mid-week victory, the Bulls improved to 15-15 overall.

Holding a 5-3 lead after four complete innings, the Bulls erupted for nine runs, their most runs scored in an inning this season, to take a 14-3 lead. With the bases loaded, senior shortstop Jacob Rosenbeck drilled a two-RBI shot to left center, following an RBI single by senior designated hitter Brad Cochrane at the beginning of the inning to give the Bulls an 8-3 lead. Next up, freshman third baseman Alex Baldock belted a two-RBI base hit into left center to further the Bulls’ lead to 10-3.

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Bisons win home opener, 8-2

  • Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:48 am

You can’t draw up a Home Opener much better than what played out at Coca-Cola Field for Home Game #1 of the 2010 season.

Great pitching, check! Clutch hitting, check! Throw in great weather and a great crowd and it was a perfect start to the baseball season in Downtown Buffalo.

R.A. Dickey tossed a complete game and Chris Carter drove in four as the Bisons defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox, 8-2, on a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon in front of 13,323 Opening Day fans.

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