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The Buffalo Sabres' last meeting with the Montreal Canadiens left coach Lindy Ruff feeling "embarrassed."
His team's play - and position in the Eastern Conference playoff race - since then has likely changed that dramatically.
The Sabres look to continue their impressive turnaround and close the gap on a playoff position Monday night when they face the Canadiens at First Niagara Center.
Buffalo (32-29-8) fell 4-3 in a shootout to Montreal (27-32-10) at home Feb. 17, and Ruff said he felt "disappointed" and "embarrassed" after his team dropped into a tie for last place in the East.
A lot has changed since.
The Sabres are 8-2-1 since that visit from the Canadiens, climbing into a tie for ninth with Winnipeg, four points behind Washington for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Buffalo's surge continued with Saturday's 4-3 shootout win at Ottawa, as Tyler Ennis netted the decisive goal in the tiebreaker after scoring in regulation. The...
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Buffalo Sabres fourth-line forward Matt Ellis is out indefinitely after hurting his knee last weekend.
Without calling the injury season-ending, coach Lindy Ruff said Ellis will miss an extended period as Buffalo prepared to host Montreal on Monday night. Ellis was hurt in a 4-3 shootout win at Ottawa on Saturday.
The Sabres will also be minus defenseman Andrej Sekera for an uncertain...
Eleven days after he joined the Buffalo Sabres , Cody Hodgson finally got the chance to practice with the team Friday.
The 22-year-old center has played six games since being acquired from Vancouver at the trade deadline but his travel combined with the team's truncated schedule has meant that his only workouts have been light skates the morning of the game.
Buffalo Sabres forward Matt Ellis is out indefinitely because of a knee injury.
Coach Lindy Ruff said Ellis will miss an extended amount of time after he hurt his knee in a win over Ottawa on Saturday.
Ellis, a fourth-liner, has three goals and five assists on the season.
The Sabres are also without defenseman Andrel Sekera because of pneumonia. He has missed three games already.
Given how poorly Buffalo was playing two months ago, defenseman Tyler Myers is certain it would have let this one slip away.
It's a much different story in March, now that the surging Sabres have climbed back in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Buffalo allowed the tying goal with 5 seconds left in regulation, but Myers scored 2:01 into overtime to secure a 3-2 win over the Montreal...
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers faces a hearing Tuesday afternoon with the NHL's Department of Player Safety.Myers could be suspended or fined for a hit he delivered on Montreal forward Scott Gomez in the third period of Monday's 3-2 win over the Canadiens.Myers was assessed a boarding minor on the play.The 22-year-old has eight goals and 13 assists in 50 games for...
It goes without saying that the Montreal Canadiens are likely to make changes to the team’s front office and behind the bench following the 2011-2012 season and names of potential replacements are beginning to surface.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, former Habs goalie Patrick Roy and current Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Marc Bergevin are among the...
The Buffalo Sabres were hardly perfect, but they were perfectly happy to skate off with two points against the Ottawa Senators.
Tyler Ennis scored in regulation and then added the winning goal in the shootout to give the Sabres a 4-3 victory over the Senators on Saturday night.
Nathan Gerbe and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Sabres (32-29-8), and Ryan Miller stopped 33 shots...
After struggling this season for the Calgary Flames, Rene Bourque was traded in January to the Montreal Canadiens. Coming the other way was Mike Cammalleri, who had equally lost his scoring touch. It was hoped that a change of scenery would benefit both players.So far, Bourque has gained no such benefit and has been a big disappointment in Montreal. Cammalleri has not exactly broken...
Good thing David Desharnais played Monday night, because if it wasn’t for him, the Habs wouldn’t have been in this game. The usual storyline: Habs take lead, Habs blow lead, except in this one, they tied it with 3 seconds left, and then lost in overtime.
I won’t even get into the game: what’s with the celebrating? One thing I always appreciated about Saku Koivu was his class...
The dog days of March are here. The Vancouver Canucks have nothing left to play for in a division long since wrapped up, and the prospect of another long, punishing playoff run as seen the effort levels lately drop to a more manageable peak.
It’s a tad disappointing to see these losses, but who will really remember these games once the playoffs start?
On to the Love...
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