The Sabres Report - February 26, 2017

Mile High mess costs Sabres dearly   

Buffalo News:

‘Pick a problem, any problem, and the Sabres had it Saturday night in Pepsi Center. The sum of the parts was a 5-3 loss to the lowly Colorado Avalanche, about as ill-timed a defeat as Dan Bylsma has had in his two years as Sabres coach.’

Sabres Notebook: Kane shutting out trade talk   

Buffalo News:

‘”It definitely doesn’t affect me,” Kane said of trade talk prior to Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche in Pepsi Center. “Am I aware of it? Of course. But it doesn’t affect me. It’s just this time of year.”‘

Quick Hits: Avalanche 5, Sabres 3   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres also fell to 0-4-2 in their last six games in the Mile High City. They have not won here since 2005.’

Former Sabre Andrew Peters allegedly involved in youth hockey fight (video)   

Buffalo News:

‘Peters is the coach of the Jr. Sabres Midget 15U team. A coach is shown in the video going after an opposing player around the 17-second mark when a fight spills into his team’s bench.’

Sunday's Colorado Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Jeremy Smith has 34 saves, gets his first NHL win as Avalanche beats Sabres (Denver Post)
Avalanche Journal: Somebody out there probably was playing his last Colorado home game (Denver Post)
It’s amazing that the Avalanche is drawing as well as it is. Yes, “well.” (Denver Post)
Avalanche hang on late in win over Sabres (BSN Denver)

Landeskog scores twice, Avalanche beat Sabres 5-3   

AP:

‘Buffalo came back from its bye week and missed a chance to make up ground in the Eastern Conference standings. The Sabres are seven points behind Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division and six back of Boston for the second wild card.’

Landeskog leads Avalanche past Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Marcus Foligno, Evan Rodrigues had goals, and Sam Reinhart also scored in his return after missing two games for Buffalo. Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots for the Sabres, who continued the poor record for teams coming out of the league-mandate five-day rest period. NHL teams are 6-14-4 after their break.’

Avalanche hold on for 5-3 win over Sabres   

WGR-AM:

‘Robin Lehner made 25 saves on the night in the losing effort, while the blue and gold recorded 37 shots on goal in the game. Jeremy Smith stopped 34 of the 37 shots for the win.’

5 Observations: Sabres fall to Avalanche 5-3   

WKBW-TV:

‘Less than 15 minutes into the Sabres first game since returning from the bye week the blue and gold found themselves trailing 3-0 to the worst team in the NHL. Plain and simply, that can’t happen.’

Jeremy Smith of Avalanche gets first NHL win   

NHL.com:

‘Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and an assist for Colorado (17-40-3), which jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.’

Sabres lament missed opportunities against Avalanche   

Sabres.com:

‘”His message was, we still had a good part of the game to get ourselves back in it. We weren’t that far off and we go down 3-0,” captain Brian Gionta said. “No matter who it is, it’s going to be tough coming back. We had a good effort in that, but it just wasn’t good enough at this time.”‘

Sunday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks’ rally falls short in 4-3 loss to Syracuse (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
However long he stays, Erik Condra is invaluable asset to Syracuse Crunch (Syracuse Post Standard)
Late push not enough as Amerks fall to crunch in series finale (Amerks.com)
Erik Condra nets first pro hat trick in 4-3 win over Amerks (SyracuseCrunch.com)

The Sabres Report - February 25, 2017

With R&R over, Sabres return to ice focused on Ws   

Buffalo News:

‘And with only 22 games left, the Sabres need every point. They’re 26-24-10 for 62 points in 60 games and enter Friday six points out of both the final wild-card slot (New York Islanders) and third place in the Atlantic Division (Toronto). They are even in games played with both of those teams. Here’s how others in those races have fared while the Sabres have been idle…’.

Sabres Notebook: Girgensons says bye to injury   

Buffalo News:

‘Grant was lost on waivers to Nashville when the Sabres tried to send him to Rochester in January but Buffalo reclaimed him when the Predators put him on waivers earlier this month. After leading the Sabres in scoring in the preseason, Grant did not score a goal and had only three assists in Buffalo during the regular season. He missed the last two games with a shoulder injury suffered Feb. 16 vs. Colorado.’

Sabres’ Cody Franson could be wanted before trade deadline   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Injuries helped Franson seize better opportunities late in the fall. Now, he plays 20 minutes again most nights and has three goals and 16 points in 53 games.’