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Vanishing Act of Sabres Key Players Raises Questions

  • Posted on April 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Tim Connolly Buffalo Sports DailyIf anyone still had visions of this group of Sabres skill forwards someday leading their team to a Stanley Cup run, then the events of the past six games should pretty much run the hope tank to empty.

What we witnessed during the Boston Bruins 4-2 series win over the Buffalo Sabres was a colossal vanishing act by Derek Roy, Tim Connolly, and Jason Pominville.  Sure, you can point fingers at other players like Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford, but on a team desperate for big goals it is pretty evident where the biggest holes are in this lineup.

Gritty efforts by players like Mike Grier, Tyler Ennis and Steve Montador were overshadowed by the poor all around performance of the three players in question, who stood out like sore thumbs in every facet of the game. They were the top three leaders in ice time on the power play that went 0-for-19.  All three played major roles on the penalty killing units that allowed Boston an ugly 27% conversion rate.

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Sabres Housecleaning Pt. 1- Case Against Regier

  • Posted on April 28, 2010 at 8:53 am

sabres original logoAs the curtain closes on the 2009/2010 Buffalo Sabres’ season, it’s hard not to be left wanting more.  After an eternity of sound bites about “making noise” and “doing damage” once the postseason arrived, the chips fell, and the team flat out sucked.

Instead of erasing the history of two straight playoff-less seasons, every frustrating inconsistency of the past two years was maddeningly magnified.  The Sabres’ couldn’t overcome any of the hardships of playoff hockey and demonstrated the same frailty that has characterized one of the most up and down clubs of the past few years.

With the team hitting the links after their first round defeat to the Bruins, major organizational and roster changes are needed to take the club to the next level, and that starts with sending both parts of the NHL’s longest tenured general manager/coach combo packing; Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff.

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Canisius Baseball Earns Split at St. Bonaventure

  • Posted on April 28, 2010 at 8:46 am

Canisius GriffinsAfter hitting into four double plays in the first game, the Canisius College baseball team bounced back to earn a split in a doubleheader at St. Bonaventure on Tuesday. The Golden Griffins dropped the first game 7-2 and won the second 7-6 to improve to 28-15 on the season.

Seniors Ian Choy and Shayne Willson each had three hits on the day, with Choy recording three RBI and reaching base in five of his seven plate appearances. Junior Josh Marshall allowed one run in four innings of relief in the second game to improve to 4-0 on the season.

St. Bonaventure slowly built a lead, scoring one run in the first and second innings and then scoring three runs in the third. Canisius had at least two runners on base in each of the first three innings, hitting into a double play in each of those innings. The Griffs cut into the lead with a two-run fifth. Sophomore Brad Medici led off with a single and senior Mike Deuschle walked to start the inning. Junior Will Chomicki had an RBI single while Choy had a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

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