Although the Sabres battled back from down 2-0 to collect a point from the Islanders Saturday night, there was a collective feel of disappointment in the locker room after the game. Sabres fan Andrew Boron pinned the loss squarely on his own shoulders after watching the game without his jersey for the first time in months. "It was a big letdown for me," Boron said of forgetting his jersey. "I feel like I let myself down, and I let the whole team down."
Other players noticed the mental mistake as well, including Derek Roy. "I just wasn't feeling as good as I normally do out there, and I think a big part of that was Borsie's jersey mix-up." Roy then added, "I probably would have buried that shootout chance if he was wearing it." Lindy Ruff said he doesn't know what to do with the embattled fan. "Sometimes you've got to find different ways to reach different people. Maybe a year or two in the doghouse will wake him up." Boron gets a chance to redeem himself when the Sabres travel to Phoenix on Monday.
Islanders 3*, Sabres 2 (*SO): Rick DiPietro's first win since Dec. 2008 - Lighthouse Hockey
Rick DiPietro earned his first win since December 2008, as the Islanders continue to roll, slipping past the Sabres in a shootout.
Spitfire Zack Kassian suspended indefinitely - Canada.com
Recently traded Sabres prospect Zack Kassian was suspended indefinitely for laying a monstrous but illegal hit on Matt Kennedy. You can see a video of the hit here (and also see Kassian destroy the guy who challenged him afterward)
NHL on TSN panel selects their 2010 All-Stars - TSN
Since there will be no NHL All-Star game this year because of the Olympics, the NHL on TSN panel deliberated over who they would select to take the ice on the first line, if there were an All-Star game in 2010. Ryan Miller is among the starters, but would believe Tyler Myers is as well?
Orpik credits Buffalo roots for his Olympic moment - The Buffalo News
Bucky Gleason talks to Brooks Orpik about Buffalo and hands out his midseason awards.
Danton deserves second chance - The Hockey News
Should a player who's played 161 games in the NHL be allowed to play collegiate hockey if he goes back to school and has eligibility? Jason Cassidy explores.
Jersey Fouls: Buffalo 'Boni, linesman goof, holiday nightmares - Puck Daddy
Jersey Fouls is Puck Daddy's look at awful/hilarious custom jerseys, and this version has two particularly awesome Sabres-centric examples.