Another concussion sidelines Hecht

‘”He’s not good,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after the game. “He’s got concussion symptoms. Wasn’t feeling bad [Monday]. He took a hit from [T.J.] Oshie in St. Louis, kind of an elbow — and came off [Tuesday] and he was a mess. He couldn’t focus. Emotionally, he was really unstable. He’s in a tough place right now. We’re worried. … To come off and be the way he was tells you that there’s something wrong.”‘

No way top-paid Sabres finish worst in NHL

‘”As poorly as the Sabres have been playing, they’ll surely finish ahead of at least Columbus and Edmonton.”‘

Wednesday’s New Jersey Coverage

Devils fall in shootout, lose 2-1 to Sabres (New York Post)
Devils stumble into All-Star break with loss to Buffalo Sabres (Newark Star Ledger)
Devils’ Martin Brodeur after loss to Sabres: ‘We’re not an elite team’ (Newark Star Ledger)
Devils’ Adam Henrique won’t blame mini-slump on sore groin (Newark Star Ledger)
Devils head to break with a shootout heartbreak (Bergen Record)
Photo gallery (NewJerseyDevils.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (AP)
Photo gallery (WIVB-TV)

Sabres snap 12-game road skid

‘Jason Pominvile and Nathan Gerbe scored in a shootout and Ryan Miller made 27 saves as the Buffalo Sabres snapped a 12-game losing streak on the road with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.’

Buffalo 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)

‘Nathan Gerbe’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout gave the Buffalo Sabres a rare road win in a 2-1 decision over the New Jersey Devils.’

Sabres beat Devils 2-1 in shootout

‘Outside of the early chances, neither team had many opportunities to score and the Sabres and Devils went to a shootout.’

Dear Mr. Pegula

‘Goal scoring, playmaking, toughness, heart, leadership and character. There are a number of areas in which your team is lacking.’

What Am I Supposed To Do Now?

‘You could hope they keep losing because they would have to make a move then, right?’

Sabres 2, Devils 1, SO

‘The Sabres were only able to manage 14 shots on goal in the game, matching their season-low set on December 3 in Nashville. Ironically, that was also the date of Buffalo’s last win on the road.’

Sabres say they’ve got to get defensive

‘”We may have to win a game, 1-0,” he said Monday.’

Ehrhoff’s goals: Life spirits, then win games

‘”I’m happy to get back, and hopefully we can get out of this hole and get a win,” Ehrhoff said. “Just bring some confidence and some fun. It’s been a tough few weeks for the guys that have been playing, and I’ll just try to come in and bring a little excitement and try to give them some confidence.”‘

One game before break, Sabres in the cellar

‘Right now, they’re atrocious, arguably the NHL’s worst team.’

Tuesday’s New Jersey Coverage

Buffalo (19-24-5) at New Jersey (26-19-2) (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (19-24-5) at New Jersey Devils (26-19-2) (The Sports Network)
Struggling Sabres hope to snap road slide (NHL.com)

Scuffling Sabres continue their downward slide

‘Though the NHL’s single-season record of 37 consecutive regulation defeats on the road set by the 1974-75 Washington Capitals appears out of reach, the Sabres are within striking distance of their franchise record of 23 straight winless games on the road (15 losses and 8 ties in 1971-72).’

Sabres Ehrhoff returns

‘The defenseman said, “Yes, it’s been awhile and obviously I’m happy to get back and hopefully we can get out of this hole and get a win.” Lindy Ruff said, “It should be a boost for us in the back end.”’