Consistency is the key for Vanek

‘“Ever since Rochester, Jason and I have never really played together. We practiced together a few times, and had some games here and there. But last year after Derek went out, we got put together and ever since then we’ve been clicking.”‘

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ Phil Varone itching for goals (Rochester D&C)
B-Sens scouting report: Rochester Americans (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Cool Enroth dazzles for Sabres in victory

‘“He puts a smile on your face because I don’t know if he ever gets excited,” Ruff said. “ … I think that’s what’s made him an effective goaltender. For his size (listed at 5-foot-10), he’s got this calmness, he’s got a patience about him that you don’t see out of many goaltenders.”’

Sabres’ Weber quietly waiting for another turn

‘“After last year, the part I played, the consistency I had, I was pretty happy with the way I performed and obviously pretty happy with training camp,” Weber said Thursday morning prior to the Sabres’ 4-2 win. “But obviously we added some key additions and some big names. It’s put me in this situation again. I’m just trying to stay positive.”’

Missing components surface to lift Sabres

‘”We talked about it for the most part in our practices this week,” said captain Jason Pominville, who scored twice and added an assist. “It was the focus of improving the power play and working on different things. We got some good looks [Thursday], did better things. If the power play doesn’t click [Thursday], it might be a different story.”‘

Enroth again superb but Miller’s No. 1

‘”He puts a smile on your face,” Ruff said. “I don’t know if he ever gets excited. I think that’s what’s made him an effective goaltender. For his size, he has this calmness, this patience about him that you don’t see out of many goaltenders. There’s not many times he gets out of control or lost in his crease. He’s been very good for us.”‘

Weber bursting to reclaim lineup spot

‘”Of course there’s frustration building,” Weber said. “I want to play. Sitting out is not easy. It’s a tough situation when you have the caliber of defense that we have. There’s seven of us, and every one of us is a top-six or top-four guy.”‘

Friday’s Columbus Coverage

Efforts aren’t rewarded (Columbus Dispatch)
Photo gallery (Fox Sports Ohio)
Post-game: at Buffalo (BlueJackets.com)
Photo gallery (BlueJackets.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (AP)

Enroth, Pominville help Sabres over Columbus

‘Enroth has won both of his starts this season, and improved to 11-3-2 since making his NHL debut in 2010. He was steady and sharp throughout, especially in the first two periods when the Sabres were outshot by a 33-19 margin.’

Buffalo 4, Columbus 2

‘Brad Boyes and Patrick Kaleta both had a goal for the Sabres, who halted a two-game slide. Jhonas Enroth stopped 41 shots.’

Pominville Leads Sabres Past Columbus 4-2

‘Buffalo coughed up another lead, but unlike the previous home results against Carolina and Tampa Bay, the team managed to hang on for their first win at the First Niagara Center.’

Enroth shuts the door on pesky Blue Jackets

‘Of more importance to the Sabres was the performance of their power play, which snapped a 1-for-17 run with a pair of goals in the victory.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks lose to Hamilton (Rochester D&C)
Leblanc saves the night as Dogs nip Rochester (Hamilton Spectator)
Amerks drop fourth straight in 3-2 overtime loss to ‘Dogs (Amerks.com)
LeBlanc, ‘Dogs down amerks in OT (HamiltonBulldogs.com)

Sabres hopes for excellence still hinge on Ryan Miller

‘Now it may seem unfair to focus on a guy whose 2011-12 goals against average increased to 2.01 after he allowed three goals to the Lightning on Tuesday night. But the losses, like many others in previous seasons, do suggest that Miller needs to become more of a dominant force.’

Sabres get no boost from power play in crunch time

‘”We’ve had good chances to win games with the power play, and we haven’t done it,” defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani said Wednesday. “All the power-play guys, we need to step it up.”‘