Getting to the playoffs comes first for Buffalo Sabres

‘“I guess we’re better late than never,” Miller said. “It’s not ideal, but it’s what’s necessary. We were being questioned about our makeup and the kind of players we were for a long time, and I think we knew we had better hockey. You don’t want to be remembered for having a horrible start and basically wasting a season. You want to battle and compete.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks squander late lead, lose to Toronto (Rochester D&C)
Zigomanis scores in OT in Marlies’ win (CP)
Amerks drop 5-4 overtime decision to Toronto (Amerks.com)
Marlies Earn Thrilling Overtime Victory in Rochester (Marlies.ca)

Streaking Sabres, Penguins collide

‘”It’s going to be an extremely fun game,” said Weber, who will return to the lineup in place of injured defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. “It’s really playoff hockey right now. Teams are ramped up and playing extremely solid. We’ve just got to keep playing the way we’ve been playing.”‘

Fan Appreciation Night precedes game against Penguins

‘The Sabres Store will have fan-appreciation prices in effect throughout the night. Ticket-holders can take advantage of family friendly food prices inside the arena from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.’

Visit from Crosby, Penguins promises to challenge Sabres

‘“It’s going to be an extremely fun game,” said Sabres defenseman Mike Weber, a Pittsburgh native who will replace Christian Ehrhoff tonight (knee) following a four-game absence. “There’s been a lot of them lately, so everything’s extremely important. It’s really playoff hockey right now. Teams are ramped up and playing extremely solid. We got to keep playing the way we’ve been playing.”’

Maine hockey linemates, roommates Brian Flynn, Spencer Abbott agree to pro contracts

‘“I’m very excited,” said Flynn, who will sign a $92,500 signing bonus and will get a two-way contract that will pay him a salary based on whether he plays in the NHL or AHL.’

Friday’s Pittsburgh Coverage

Starting goalie vs. Sabres unclear (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Pittsburgh (47-24-6) at Buffalo (38-29-10) (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins (47-24-6) at Buffalo Sabres (38-29-10) (The Sports Network)
Penguins try to cool off sizzling Sabres (NHL.com)
What to Watch For: Pens vs. Sabres (PittsburghPenguins.com)

Maine F Brian Flynn agrees to 1-year with Sabres

‘Flynn’s contract doesn’t begin until next season, though he’ll finish this year with Buffalo’s minor-league affiliate, AHL Rochester.’

Sabres stress staying dialed in for final 5 games

‘”Well we’ve talked about it for almost two months now, of not getting too excited after wins — enjoying the win and putting it away. I think we’ve done a good job with that,” head coach Lindy Ruff told reporters Thursday.’

GM Regier discusses Sabres’ hot streak on ‘NHL Hour’

‘”I think the biggest thing is we got healthy,” Regier said. “It probably starts with the goaltending, with Ryan Miller. I think we learned some things while we were injured as well. We had some young guys that played some games for us that probably would not have otherwise have gotten into games. They performed well and they continue to perform well. We’ve gotten a lot of energy from them, and the rest of the guys are doing their jobs.”‘

Sabres Agree To Terms With Forward Brian Flynn To NHL Contract

‘Flynn (6’1”, 185 lbs., 7/26/1988) recently completed a four-year collegiate career at the University of Maine. During his senior season, Flynn appeared in 40 games and recorded 48 points (18+30), along with 37 penalty minutes and a team-leading plus-18 rating, while serving as captain. His 48 points ranked second on the team and ninth among all NCAA Division I skaters, earning him Hockey East First Team honors.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks Hall of Fame will welcome Rick Pagnutti and Darcy Wakaluk (Rochester D&C)
Amerks back-to-back weekend highlighted by Hall of Fame night on Friday (Amerks.com)

Buffalo proud but job not finished

‘”It felt good to get to where we are,” forward Cody McCormick said. “After the season, we’ve got to be where we are. I don’t think we’ve accomplished anything until we get to that point. There’s still a lot of work ahead.”‘

Foligno’s brotherly pride has its limits

‘”He’s my brother and I would be excited for the opportunity for him to play in the playoffs,” he said. “That’s every player’s dream. It’s pretty impressive to see their run right now and they’ve done well, but I’m more worried about how we’re playing and what we’re doing.”‘

Buffalo Sabres still getting used to NHL’s high-rent district

‘“You don’t want to be remembered for having a horrible start and basically wasting a season. You want to battle and compete. However things turn out, we’ve showed we have pride. We’re happy at the checkpoint we’re at now but five games (left), some tough opponents. Same situation we’ve been in for 2 1/2 months: Gotta win.”’