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LIVE BLOG: Sabres vs Bruins @ 7pm

  • Posted on April 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

The Buffalo Sabres travel to Boston tonight to take on the Bruins in game three of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.  Drew Stafford is in the lineup tonight in place of injured Thomas Vanek.  Can the Sabres gut out a victory in this increasingly dirty physical series?  Join us at 7pm and discuss the game as it happens live.

Portland Looks To Get First Playoff Win Tonight

  • Posted on April 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Portland PiratesThe theme from the Portland Pirates after practice this morning at Portland Ice Arena is they need to simplify their game, and get more pucks on Monarchs’ goalie Jonathan Bernier.

The Pirates head to the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester tonight for Game 3 of their Atlantic Division semifinal down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series against the Monarchs knowing they need to start scoring if they want to see another game at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

More importantly they need to start scoring at even strength.

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Miller named finalist for Vezina Trophy

  • Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Ryan MillerTo the surprise of no one who follows hockey, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller has been named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the league’s best goaltender, the league has announced.

Martin Brodeur (New Jersey) and Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix) are the other two finalists.

Miller finished second in the league in goals against average (2.22) and save percentage (.929), which were also both career-bests.  He also set a franchise high with 41 wins in goal.

Brodeur led the NHL in games played (76), shutouts (9) and wins (45). He was third in the league with a 2.24 goals against average.

Bryzgalov was third in wins (42), second in shutouts (8) and sixth in GAA (2.29).

If Miller wins the Vezina he’d be the fifth Sabre to capture the honor.  Dominik Hasek won it three times while Tom Barrasso won it as a rookie in 1983-84.  Don Edwards and Bob Suave split the Vezina in 1979-80 when the award was given to the team that allowed that fewest goals in a season.

Miller is considered the favorite to win though league sentiment can certainly fall to Brodeuer’s side.

Mets to call up Ike Davis

  • Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I’m told the Buffalo Bisons will lose Ike Davis, who will be called up to the parent club New York Mets today.

Davis has hit .364 for the Bisons through their first 10 games this season, including a pair of home runs and four RBI to go with a team-high nine walks.

No word yet on who the Mets will be sending down to Buffalo in exchange.  Davis has never had an at bat in the major leagues.

The Bisons are taking on Scranton at 1pm today in the final of a four-game series.  Buffalo won the first two contests while the Yankees came back for a win on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills: Five Biggest Questions To Be Answered

  • Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:59 am

Buddy Nix Buffalo Sports DailyAfter what seems like an eternity of never-ending speculation, the time has finally arrived when the Buffalo Bills future begins to come in focus.  By this time next week we’ll know a lot more about which direction the team is headed and what kind of general manager Buddy Nix is looking to be.

Will he be the commander that ultimately rights a sinking ship or does he fall down the bumbling draft weekend path his predecessors Marv Levy and Tom Donahoe are infamous for?

The reality is despite his admission that he’ll never be accused of being the smartest man in the room, we know precious little in regards to Nix’s team building skills as the man in charge.

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Milsher Floor & Roller Hockey Leagues Kicking Off Soon

  • Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:49 am

For those  looking for your summertime floor or roller hockey fix, you’re in luck.

MilSher Hockey is now accepting registration for teams and players in both their summer floor and hockey leagues.  The summer season begins May 24 and features roller hockey on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.  Floor hockey leagues run on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

There’s also a Sunday roller hockey league that begins play in early June.

Owner Tom Mangione tells me that are price breaks for teams that play in two or more leagues and there’s also a second-shift league for guys that work late during the week.

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An Open Letter to Paul Gaustad

  • Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:15 am

paul_gaustadDear Paul Gaustad,

Come home Goose, we miss you.  At least, we miss the guy Darcy Regier thought was worth four years at $2.5 million dollars.  Remember when you won every meaningful faceoff on one of the most effective energy lines in hockey?  That time you fed Tim Jackman for falling on Ryan Miller?  Fighting Dion Phaneuf after he tried to goon it up with Clarke MacArthur?  When you ran over Dennis Wideman and tried to fight Zdeno Chara?  Playing like an absolute beast after the team was called out for being too soft last season?  When fans thought you were in line for the captaincy?

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Buffalo fighter to be featured on ESPN Boxing

  • Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:00 am

Guillermo Lopez ESPN In a press release by ESPN, it was announced that 21-year old Buffalo featherweight Guillermo Sanchez will fight against Dominic Salcido (17-2, 9 knockouts) in a televised edition of “Friday Night Fights” on May 14 at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada.

The eight-round fight will be the first on the ESPN telecast, which begins at 10p.m.

Sanchez is currently on a medical suspension following an accidental head butt suffered against Carlos Laudio on March 26 that left a cut near his left eye.  Since the referee determined the head butt was accidental the fight was called a draw because it was stopped before the end of the fifth round.

Sanchez, 21- years old (11-0-1) was born in Puerto Rico but moved to Buffalo around seven years ago. This will be his first fight near the Las Vegas area.

Salcido will be far and away the toughest opponent Sanchez has faced.