The Sabres Report - April 1, 2015

Win over Coyotes has Sabres gunning for more   

Buffalo News:

‘Plenty of folks are worried the jolt of pride could cost Buffalo a guaranteed shot at McDavid or Eichel. The Sabres climbed to within four points of 29th-place Arizona, with one fewer game played. They’ll make it up Wednesday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit First Niagara Center.’

Weber nominated for Masterton Trophy   

Buffalo News:

‘Weber earned the nomination in part by being a veteran leader on a young team in need of them. The longest-tenured player in the organization mentors teammates such as Ramsus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov. He also shows how to be a spokesman during tough times, like when he eloquently represented the Sabres in speaking about the death of former teammate Steve Montador.’

Sabres could still finish 29th, lose guarantee of elite prospect   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres are 4-7-1 this season against their remaining opponents.’

Wednesday's Toronto Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Game Day: Maple Leafs at Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Leafs at Sabres: Wednesday game preview (Toronto Star)
Maple Leafs-Sabres Preview (AP)
Toronto Maple Leafs (29-42-6) at Buffalo Sabres (21-47-8) (The Sports Network)
Sabres return home to host Maple Leafs (NHL.com)
Match Preview: Maple Leafs vs. Sabres (MapleLeafs.com)
Keys to the Game: Maple Leafs vs. Sabres (MapleLeafs.com)

Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes make things interesting in the McEichel Derby   

National Post:

‘Buffalo hosts the Maple Leafs on Wednesday — a dangerous potential for two points, especially since Toronto will be playing the second half of a back-to-back — and also has games left against Carolina and Columbus. The Sabres will also face Chicago, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders in games that would seem unlikely to generate points for Buffalo.’

Last-place buzz about to get louder   

WGR-AM:

‘Tomorrow it’s Toronto, a team thousands of ticket-holders commonly show up to root for. That Arizona game made easy sense: Buffalo fans, comprising the vast majority of the crowd and seeing the benefits of losing, preferred the Coyotes. But Toronto’s different. Leafs fans are fed up with their team and while not much can be gained in the standings, they may heckle the Leafs out of spite.’

Wednesday's Rochester Coverage   

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Amerks’ McCabe returns on weekend, Pysyk done for year (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
RIT’s Matt Garbowsky staying in Rochester (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks agree to terms with Matt Garbowsky (Amerks.com)
Peters impresses; Catenaacci steps up (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - March 31, 2015

Sabres aren’t finished yet, knock off Coyotes   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres took advantage of the lethargy to end a five-game winless skid and win for just the second time in 14 games.’

Sabres’ Gionta has been showing his skills lately   

Buffalo News:

‘“He’s played 14 seasons, and it looks like it’s his first,” Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said. “His enthusiastic approach to the games, the way he plays, the way he competes should make all the young kids given opportunities play even harder because of that. I’m really, really impressed with Brian’s approach.”’

Tuesday's Phoenix Coverage   

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Buffalo Sabres rally for win over Coyotes (Arizona Republic)
Photo gallery (Arizona Republic)
Sabres series ends, draft talk persists (Fox Sports Arizona)
Battle of the bottom tier ends in Buffalo’s favor over Coyotes: By the Numbers (KMVP-FM)
Photo gallery (PhoenixCoyotes.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Buffalo beats Arizona 4-1 in battle of NHL's worst teams   

AP:

‘The Sabres, the NHL’s lowest-scoring team, had a rare strong night on the offensive end, generating 31 shots in the first two periods against goalie Mike Smith.’

Buffalo 4, Arizona 1   

The Sports Network:

‘”It started with forechecking,” said Lindback. “We were on the right side of the puck all night.”‘

Meszaros scores two more in Sabres' win   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”I really believe that for the last number of weeks we’ve been giving what we had to give and it’s great to see when you give it, you get rewarded for it,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “We mixed up all the line combinations and said ‘Let’s just start doing the simple things.’ Sometimes the simple things work out for you.”‘

Sabres recall G Makarov   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The 6-foot-1, 186-pound Makarov, 21, joins the Sabres for his fourth career NHL recall after being signed by Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 2012.’

Meszaros Leads Sabres To 4-1 Win In Arizona   

WGR-AM:

‘In the third, Buffalo killed off a pair of penalties by Zach Bogosian and Nikita Zadorov. Brian Gionta locked things up with a shorthanded empty-netter while Zadorov was in the box, making it 3-1. Rasmus Ristolainen added extra insurance with an empty net goal of his own at 19:17 of the final frame.’