The Daily Dasherboard 1/19/11

Great win by the Sabres last night! Yes, the Canadiens were down numerous forwards and a couple of blueliners throughout the game. The Sabres have had their fare share of injuries too. Buffalo has been without Derek Roy for almost a month and Drew Stafford didn’t play for much of the game. But I must admit, I have never witnessed so many players on one side of the bench fall to the ice in one game!

I wish the Sabres would play with heart and grit like they did last night more often. That was the difference maker. As a Sabres Fan, I wish a speedy recovery to both Mike Cammalleri and Max Pacioretty!

Headlines from across the Interwebs

Video: Canadiens get injured, injured and injured again vs. Sabres ( -The Montreal Canadiens lost to the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1 in overtime, on Tuesday night. The amazing part, at the rate they were going, was that they actually had enough healthy bodies to finish the game — and gutted out an impressive effort in the face of mounting injuries.

Sabres’ Stafford Doubtful for Boston ( BUFFALO, NY- After suffering an injury in the team’s overtime win over Montreal, Buffalo Sabres forward Drew Stafford was absent from the ice during practice on Wednesday morning.

Power has been restored on home ice ( The offense may be gurgling along during five-on-five situations but the Buffalo Sabres seem to have found their stride on the power play in recent weeks at HSBC Arena.

Pirates Notebook: Returning forwards give Pirates’ offense a boost ( – Forwards Mark Parrish and Igor Gongalsky have returned from injuries to provide a lift for the Portland Pirates.

Across the Rink

McDonald’s USA renews partnership deal with NHL ( NEW YORK – The National Hockey League® (NHL) today announced that McDonald’s USA has renewed as League partner in the United States. As part of this agreement, McDonald’s has secured the position of title sponsor for Hockey Day In America — a six-hour celebration of the sport of hockey on NBC, and will serve as sponsor of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, NC amongst other unique brand extensions.

The NHL’s first-half disappointments ( PHILADELPHIA – The word “disappointment” is a relative term. Two people could look at the exact same situation and one could call it a success while the other deems it to be a failure.

Wake-Up Call: NHL standings not all that they seem even for first-place Canucks ( – A friend said the other day, while discussing the state of the Vancouver Canucks: “You can’t please the media.”

NHL rescinds instigator penalty against Minnesota Wild’s Brad Staubitz ( CALGARY, ALBERTA — There will be no suspension of forward Brad Staubitz and no fine for coach Todd Richards from the NHL after a late-game fracas in the Wild’s 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night in Edmonton.

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