Sabres ink Gauthier-Leduc to entry level contract

‘“Jerome has continued to improve as a player since we selected him [in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft],” Regier said. “His play in Rimouski this season demonstrates the offensive abilities that he possesses.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks unsteady in goal in loss to Hamilton (Rochester D&C)
Dogs rebound to beat Americans 5-4 (Hamilton Spectator)
Amerks are everything Sabres should be (WGR-AM)
Amerks fall 5-4 to Hamilton to close out 2011 (Amerks.com)
Bulldogs down Amerks 5-4 (HamiltonBulldogs.com)

In sports, high hopes and painful losses

‘The Sabres lose to the Flyers in the playoffs. Buffalo had a 3-2 lead entering Game Six of its first-round playoff series with Philadelphia. The Sabres were at home. They were facing the Flyers’ third-string goalie. If you are the Sabres, you have to win that game.’

Following Vanek’s example may cure Sabres’ scoring woes

‘”We’ve got to find ways for other guys to score,” right wing Brad Boyes said Thursday in SkateQuest, 20 miles from the capital. “We’ve got the same guys scoring every game. You’re not going to win relying on two guys. You look at the lineup, a lot of guys have history, but that doesn’t do anything right now.”‘

Thrills in NHL turn extinct

‘Watching an NHL game is like attending an archeeological dig.’

Gragnani gains insight from press box

‘”The game from on top looks like the easiest game,” the Sabres’ defenseman said Thursday. “Everyone can play the game from up there, so you just try to watch, try to pick up a couple things that when you’re on the ice you can’t see.”‘

Sabres healing slowly, look to climb standings

‘“It gives you a little bit of confidence, seeing guys that have been around, that have been successful in this league and have been a big part of this team for a while now getting back in the lineup.” Buffalo captain Jason Pominville said. “Hopefully they can give us an extra spark and help our team out because we’ve got to get on a roll.”’

Friday’s Washington Coverage

Sabres healing slowly, look to climb standings (Washington Times)
Capitals seeking a little payback (Washington Examiner)
Buffalo (17-16-3) at Washington (18-15-2) (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (17-16-3) at Washington Capitals (18-15-2) (The Sports Network)
Caps look to avenge earlier losses to Sabres (NHL.com)
Caps Seek Better Results vs. Buffalo (WashingtonCaps.com)

Sabres Skate Without Sekera

‘Head Coach Lindy Ruff says that Sekera will be out for awhile with an upper-body injury and that Marc-Andre Gragnani will take his place in the line-up. Buffalo will not call anyone up from Rochester at this time.’

Are the Sabres unlucky?

‘Lindy Ruff isn’t a firm believer that they’re lucky, “On a consistent front, you’ve got to earn your breaks. You’ve got to create enough that they start going your way. You can look at all the posts we hit at home and Pommer’s off the post last night, if you’re consistently creating those opportunities, they start going your way. You’ve got to be able to create them game in, game out. A game like last night which I’d call it even, you could say they won on breaks, but I don’t think so. We’ve got to tip the table our way. It’s got to be a 60/40 or 70/30 when it comes to the type of chances and the type of breaks you get in a game.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks feeling confident (Rochester D&C)
Amerks host Bulldogs on Friday to close out December (Amerks.com)

Sabres spin their wheels against Brodeur

‘”Obviously, we know we’ve got to put a streak together, but you get down, 3-0, it’s tough to win games,” Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek said. “Overall, I thought we played good, but we’re not in a position where good is going to win games.”‘

Gerbe stays upbeat during recovery

‘”I had a better understanding with this one,” said Gerbe, who also suffered a concussion in December 2008. “I had one three years ago, and I learned from that. Things I did then, I didn’t do now. Just little things differently to help.”‘

Thursday’s New Jersey Coverage

Doctor’s orders: Devils play complete game (New York Post)
Devils’ Petr Sykora scores twice in 3-1 win over Buffalo Sabres (Newark Star Ledger)
Petr Sykora, with two goals, happy Devils bounced back from loss (Newark Star Ledger)
Devils’ Anton Volchenkov modest after scoring three points in two games (Newark Star Ledger)
Sykora scores twice, Devils protect the lead in the third period in a victory over Sabres (Bergen Record)
Tallinder’s back is better (Bergen Record)
Devils 3, Sabres 1 (NewJerseyDevils.com)
Photo gallery (NewJerseyDevils.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (AP)
Photo gallery (WGRZ-TV)

Sykora’s 2 goals lead Devils over Sabres 3-1

‘“We definitely have had a frustrating start to the season,” Miller said.’