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Video: Boychuk’s intent to injure (twice)

  • Posted on April 17, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Johnny Boychuk

In case you happened to miss it, Thomas Vanek suffered a “lower body injury” Saturday afternoon against the Boston Bruins as a result of a vicious slash from goon Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk.  While it hasn’t been revealed if Vanek hurt his knee on the slash or ankle as Boychuk fell on top of him along the boards, the Sabres are in big trouble if Vanek doesn’t return before Monday night.

The league should take a long look at this video because it’s clear as day what Boychuk’s intention was against the Sabres star forward.  To make matters worse, take a look at the clip 17 seconds in.  Even after the penalty, Boychuk took another wild swipe with his stick at Derek Roy (he came closer to hitting his teammate though).  The stick was more than a foot off the ground; no way he was playing the puck.

Filthy—just filthy.

Bandits blow opportunity in Orlando

  • Posted on April 17, 2010 at 11:00 pm

buffalo bandits logoThe Buffalo Bandits fell to the Orlando Titans in a devastatig 9-7 loss at the Amway Arena.

All-Star forward Mark Steenhuis opened the scoring on the power play to earn his 500th career point.  Assisted by John Tavares and Mike Accursi, the goal marked just one of many power play goals that would follow.

Exactly four minutes later, Darryl Gibson found Kevin Dostie who added another tally to extend the Bandits lead to 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.

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Bruins drop Vanek, Sabres to even series 1-1

  • Posted on April 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Boston-Bruins-v-Buffalo-SabresWhether they’ve played their best or worst hockey this season, there’s been one constant from the Buffalo Sabres; take a lead into the locker room after two periods and you can go ahead and tally a notch in the win column. Including Thursday night’s playoff quarterfinal opener, the Sabres were 31-0 when beginning the third period ahead on the scoreboard.

The streak came to an end Saturday afternoon at the most inopportune time.

Hated enemy Zdeno Chara and Michael Ryder each scored within a two minute span early in the third period, turning a one goal deficit into a lead. They went on to defeat the Sabres, 5-3 to even their best of seven series at a game apiece.

Both finished with a pair of goals.

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Tech pipeline could be a draft factor for Bills

  • Posted on April 17, 2010 at 11:22 am

New Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey’s last stint as a head coach at any level occurred at Georgia Tech, where he headed up the Yellow Jackets program from 2002 through 2007. It’s fairly common knowledge at this point that upon his hiring in Buffalo, he tapped into the coaching tree he cultivated at Tech rather heavily, bringing in four assistants that worked with him at Tech (along with several other coaches he spent time with in other locations).

Curtis Modkins was Gailey’s running backs coach at Tech; he is now the Bills’ figurehead offensive coordinator and running backs coach. Joe D’Alessandris holds the same job in Buffalo that he did at Tech (offensive line coach). Giff Smith coached the defensive line and headed up the recruiting effort at Tech, and he’ll coach the D-Line here, as well. Eric Ciano headed up Gailey’s strength and conditioning program at Tech; now he’s splitting those duties down the middle with John Gamble in Buffalo.

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