Sabres’ Stafford performing like an elite scorer again

‘“A lot of it has to do with my linemates getting us some great looks because of their creativity,” Stafford said about his resurgence following practice Wednesday inside the First Niagara Center. “They’re moving the puck around. I just happen to be getting some great looks because of them.”’

Sabres defenseman Ehrhoff out indefinitely

‘Ehrhoff’s loss is huge, though. While he hasn’t quite met expectations in the first season of a 10-year, $40 million contract, he still leads all Sabres in ice time (23:03 a game) and the blue line with 32 points.’

Sabres lose D Christian Ehrhoff to knee injury

‘Coach Lindy Ruff would only say that Ehrhoff will miss a “period of time.” Ruff spoke following practice Wednesday, after Ehrhoff was evaluated by team doctors a day after he was hurt in a 5-1 win at Washington.’

Sabres’ Ehrhoff out with knee injury

‘In 66 games this season, Ehrhoff has five goals and 27 assists.’

Weber Ready To Step In

‘Ruff said that the news is better than expected for Ehrhoff, but did not want to put a timetable on the injury.’

What, Me Worry?

‘What can you say about the line of Tyler Ennis, Drew Stafford and Marcus Foligno?’

Swagger!

‘ “I don’t know if you’d call it swagger,” said Marcus Foligno, whose play has sparked the team’s fortunes. “I’ve only been around here for 10 days or so, so I don’t have the basis to compare what it was like around here earlier this year. I can say that this team has the confidence to do just about anything. We know what we need to do. But as excited as everyone here is right now, we haven’t won anything yet, and there is work to be done. The minute we lose focus of that is when things will become unhinged, and in a hurry.”’

Wednesday notebook

‘“It’ll be a period of time,” said Ruff following today’s practice at First Niagara Center. When pressed further for news on Ehrhoff’s evaluation by team doctors today, Ruff would only say that he would “put it in the better category.”’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks lose at Albany (Rochester D&C)
Devils wake up in time for victory (Albany Times Union)
Amerks come up short in 2-1 loss to Devils (Amerks.com)
On the move (TheAlbanyDevils.com)

Timing is Everything

Buffalo Sabres (38-29-10) Jason Pominville battled captain on captain for control of the puck in the neutral zone with the Washington Capitals (38-31-8) Alex Ovechkin late in the second period, Tuesday.
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Sabres make an emphatic statement

‘”We’ve figured out how to win. That’s the difference,” said defenseman Jordan Leopold. “It’s not a real tough formula. We need everybody together for 60 minutes of hockey. Some nights it’s going to take 65 and a shootout, but tonight we scored on our opportunities.”‘

Pominville gets the best of Ovechkin

‘”I know from playing defense on the power play, it’s not an easy situation,” said Pominville, who posted his 29th goal of the season. “You’re not used to it. There’s a bouncing puck that goes behind him and I kind of had a little bit of speed going and I was able to get right on him. It’s a tough bounce on his side and a fortunate bounce on my side.”‘

Wednesday’s Washington Coverage

Washington stumbles in key game against Buffalo, 5-1 (Washington Post)
Capitals don’t show playoff desperation in 5-1 loss to Sabres (Washington Times)
Braden Holtby’s puck-handling gaffe sets tone for rough night (Washington Times)
Caps fumble away an opportunity in loss to Sabres (Washington Examiner)
Rough night in goal for rookie Holtby (Washington Examiner)
Odds against them, Caps still believe (Washington Examiner)
Caps a no-show in season’s biggest game (Fredricksburg Free Lance Star)
Death, Taxes and the Capitals Choking (Cape Gazette)
Caps trounced by Sabres (CSN Washington)
Miller, Sabres steal the show (CSN Washington)
Dull Blades (CSN Washington)
Postgame notebook (WashingtonCaps.com)
Photo gallery (WashingtonCaps.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (AP)
Photo gallery (WGRZ-TV)
Photo gallery (WIVB-TV)

Sabres beat Capitals 5-1 to move into 8th place

‘Buffalo took a 3-0 lead early in the second period and coasted home behind Miller, who’s 14-1-3 over his last 18 games, allowing only 32 goals in that span. He’s also 8-0-2 in his last 10.’

Buffalo 5, Washington 1

‘Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and Cody McCormick also lit the lamp for the Sabres, who hold a two-point edge over their Tuesday foes for the final playoff berth in the East. Both clubs have five games remaining.’