Reunited line puts on a show of force for Sabres

‘”No matter what, the work is going to be there,” Gerbe said. “All three of us want to work hard. That’s our goal.”‘

Sabres’ Boyes ready to break out

‘“Most of my goals have always been around the net or right in front there or off to the side, close to the paint,” Boyes said Wednesday inside the First Niagara Center after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s tilt against the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets. “I don’t tend to score a lot from the outside. It’s a matter to remind myself to go there and get those opportunities and look for those loose pucks.”’

Thursday’s Columbus Coverage

Jackets-Sabres preview (Columbus Dispatch)
Columbus (1-7-1) at Buffalo (5-3-0) (AP)
Columbus Blue Jackets (1-7-1) at Buffalo Sabres (5-3-0) (The Sports Network)
Jackets chase second straight as they visit Sabres (NHL.com)
Game day: At Buffalo (BlueJackets.com)

Sabres Pominville likes face-offs

‘Pominville said, “I started a little bit last year just practicing and taking more on my strong side which is the backhand side. This year it’s been more with Lukie coming in and I think he feels more comfortable taking the draws on his strong side and so far it’s been working pretty good.”’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ Brayden McNabb finding home on ice (Rochester D&C)

Bolts foil Sabres’ master plan

‘”We started off with good energy, and they get it back in the game,” Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller said. “You can’t get rattled. It’s an entire night of hockey. Teams in the NHL are good. You can’t expect to shut them down every night.”‘

Ellis brings work ethic to Sabres

‘”It’s an honor to put on the Sabres’ jersey,” Ellis said. “I’ve thought about that each day that I’ve been here, being able to compete with the team and do my part. It’s a pretty exciting feeling even at this stage, a couple of hundred games deep.”‘

Boyes scores as consecutive games streak hits 500

‘”I’ve always wanted to play every chance I got,” Boyes said in First Niagara Center. “My first year in junior [1998], I was 16 and scratched early in the season, a couple games in. I remember watching it and saying, ‘I never want to sit here and watch a game again.’”‘

Ellis makes season debut filling in for injured Ennis

‘“He doesn’t take a single second of practice for granted,” coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday prior to Ellis’ season debut in the Sabres’ 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the First Niagara Center. “He is the consummate pro, from how hard he works, how hard he hard he trains and an unbelievable attitude. If you could take some of his attributes and if you could drop one or two on different players, it’d be a hell of player. It comes with the battle of him trying to stay in this league, too. It’s a determination that’s pretty impressive.”’

Wednesday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Lightning rally to sweep home-and-home with Sabres (Tampa Tribune)
Lightning keeping rookie Connolly on roster (Tampa Tribune)
Mathieu Garon’s 36 saves push Tampa Bay Lightning past Buffalo Sabres 4-3 (St. Petersburg Times)
Brett Connolly sticking around for Tampa Bay Lightning (St. Petersburg Times)
Photo gallery (Fox Sports Florida)
Lightning 4, Sabres 3 (TampaBayLightning.com)
Photo gallery (TampaBayLightning.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (AP)

Garon leads Lightning to 4-3 win over Buffalo

‘Brad Boyes had a goal and assist, and Thomas Vanek and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Sabres (5-3-0), who’ve now squandered leads in both of their losses in Buffalo so far this season.’

Tampa Bay 4, Buffalo 3

‘Thomas Vanek, Brad Boyes and Nathan Gerbe scored for Buffalo, which got 19 saves from Ryan Miller.’

Lightning trump Sabres 4-3

‘Another puck deflects off of Christian Ehrhoff, this time from a shot by Matt Gilroy along the half-wall and it results in a lead for Tampa Bay.’

Lightning strike Sabres again

‘Miller made 19 saves. He had been 17-4 against Tampa before the two losses in the last four days.’

Lightning crashes Sabres’ party

‘”I didn’t think he had enough time to get to that side. I just need to make some adjustments next time.”‘