Gare feels at home in Columbus

‘”The change is always good,” Gare said. “It’s tough, obviously, to leave Buffalo, but the opportunity came up and I wanted to get back into the game and get back to broadcasting. . . . It’s only four, five hours from Buffalo, so I have gotten back to see my daughters and my granddaughter once in a while.”‘

Ex-Sabre helps out one of his fans

‘Fitzpatrick, who knew Ray from various charitable events, decided that asking the Sabres alum to present the jersey to MacKinnon would be a nice way to end the case. And Ray agreed.’

Local boy puts Sabres gear to good use

‘The Sabres employees took note of Cameron’s generosity and donated 30 more hats to his cause, so Cameron would have enough for each first-grade student at Charles Upson. “It shows how great (the Sabres) are,” Paul said. “They want to help and make sure the kids each have a nice warm hat.”’

Saturday’s Columbus Coverage (Updated 7:00 a.m.)

Jackets make noise (Columbus Dispatch)

Checking line puts some pop in offense (Columbus Dispatch)

Game wrap-up (Columbus Dispatch)

Postgame quotes (BlueJackets.com)

Columbus 3, Buffalo 2

‘The Sabres, cheered by thousands of fans who made the trip, came in 24-1-2 when leading through two. “You can’t sit back. We made a couple of mistakes and they took advantage of them,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “We had our opportunities to put them away but we didn’t. We spent the whole second period in their end. When you have nine or 10 opportunities to score, you need to put two or three away and we didn’t.”‘

Columbus 3, Buffalo 2

‘The Sabres had their best chance to tie things up with five minutes to play, as Chris Drury sent a slap shot just high and wide of the net. Paul Gaustad was then called for tripping with just 2:23 remaining, while Jaroslav Spacek joined him on a holding charge 1:22 later, effectively sealing the win for Columbus.’

Blue Jackets Trip Up Sabres 3-2

‘The Sabres did give a decent effort in the first 40 minutes.’

Another Fatal Third Period

‘”We had a few chances and we didn’t really trail off [in the third], but I just get this impression that we think we need to change our game and play defense,” said goaltender Ryan Miller regarding how the team plays with a third-period lead. “Our game is puck control which is complimented by defense. I think we have to realize that’s the way it has to go.”‘

Game # 50: Blue Jackets 3, Sabres 2

‘Yet, once again as has happened alarmingly often this season, Buffalo’s lack of killer instinct in the final period ended up costing them another contest against an inspired Blue Jackets team that was fighting for its playoff lives.’

Sabres blow third period lead as slump continues

‘The loss was Buffalo’s seventh — including a shootout defeat — in 12 games since the start of the New Year.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks cruise past depleted Griffins (Rochester D&C)

Cut can’t keep Stafford down (Rochester D&C)

Griffins have tough night in Rochester (Grand Rapids Press)

Rochester 5, Grand Rapids 1 (AP)

Amerks Sweep Griffins (RNews.com)

Amerks roll over Grand Rapids 5-1 (Amerks.com)

NHL Network to televise seven Amerks games this season (Amerks.com)

Another quintet for Rochester (GriffinsHockey.com)

Pucks and hoops

‘Miller was 21 and entering his junior year when he was drawn to Izzo. The goalie was searching for ways to deal with the pressures that came after he was named college hockey’s MVP, and the expectations of fans wondering why he couldn’t get a shutout every game. Who better to turn to than Izzo, who had just led the Spartans to their third straight Final Four appearance, including 2000, when they won the national title.’

Sabres go back to work on power play

‘The Sabres face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight in Nationwide Arena with a power play that’s tied for 23rd in the league at 15.8 percent. In other words, only six teams are worse. The Sabres are 3 for 26 in the past six games, and they’ve won only two of them.’

Tallinder could play in Columbus tonight

‘”I feel pretty good. I can’t lie to you, I don’t feel great,” Tallinder said. “Do I feel good enough to play? We’ll see [tonight].”‘

Sabres vs. Blue Jackets

‘The Sabres have won the last two against Columbus after starting 0-3-1.’