Sabres Take Eighth Place: Beat Capitals 5-1

‘Next up the Sabres host the Penguins on Friday.’

Sabres Kept Ovechkin in Check

‘Buffalo continued to keep that Caps’ star player off the scoresheet in the final frame. After the game, Ryan Miller was pleased with his team’s defensive effort against Ovechkin. “We forced him and pressured him and he likes to cut inside and we had great pressure with the third man and that allowed our D to be close to him and that’s frustrating for him.”‘

Sabres 5, Capitals 1

“It was huge for him to outbattle Ovechkin there. Anytime you can get a shorthanded goal that can sway the momentum for you big time,” said Stafford. “It’s tough for a power play to give up one like that. So for Jason to bury that one, that was big for us. They seemed like they had a little bit of life at that time in the game, so it was big for us.”

Sabres take 8th in East by whipping Caps 5-1

‘”We’ve been in this mode for a while, a playoff mode where every game has been a must-win for us,” Stafford said. “Obviously with this game, them being right there with us in the standings, the stakes are a little bit higher, but we’re not done yet. We’re in the position we want to be, but we know the road is just going to get tougher.”‘

Sabres’ Christian Ehrhoff injured vs. Caps

‘”We’ll have our doctors evaluate him, but it looks like he’s going to miss a little bit of time,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Turnbull returns as Rochester Amerks take on Albany (Rochester D&C)
Amerks travel to albany for a Wednesday morning matinee with Devils (Amerks.com)

Sabres face Caps in biggest game yet

‘The loser’s chance at the playoffs will be diminished. A loss in Verizon Center won’t be a death knell by any means, but it will feel like a karate chop to the temple.’

Holtby parked overtime in Caps’ crease

‘Holtby is 2-0-1 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .955 save percentage since the call-up, numbers that have boosted the Capitals’ confidence in the rookie. The team is expected to start him again tonight when the Buffalo Sabres visit Verizon Center in a showdown for eighth place.’

Sabres say loss in Washington won’t squash playoff hopes

‘“It’s a huge game,” Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr said Monday inside the First Niagara Center. “To say it’s a big game is an understatement. It’s the biggest game we’ve faced all year. We just have to make sure we’re playing the way we have been. You don’t want to get yourself too worked up.”’

Sabres’ Miller named NHL’s second star of week

‘Miller allowed only five goals during the week and just two during his last three starts. He recorded his career-high sixth shutout in a 3-0 win Wednesday over Montreal.’

Tuesday’s Washington Coverage

Sabres ‘going to empty the tank’ vs. Capitals tonight (Washington Post)
Ryan Miller, balanced offense have led to Sabres push up the standings (Washington Post)
Now’s not the time for the Capitals to get rattled by the Sabres (Washington Times)
Chance at postseason possibly is on the line for Capitals (Washington Examiner)
Buffalo (37-29-10) at Washington (38-30-8) (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (37-29-10) at Washington Capitals (38-30-8) (The Sports Network)
Capitals challenge Sabres in battle for eighth seed (NHL.com)
Caps And Sabres Battle for Control of Playoff Destiny (WashingtonCaps.com)

Surging Sabres to face Capitals in key showdown

‘Regehr can appreciate how much adversity—injuries, criticism, and a franchise-worst road skid—the Sabres have already overcome. He had difficulty quantifying how significant this next test is by saying, calling it a big game would be an understatement.’

6 Pack To Go

‘A regulation loss wouldn’t mean the end of the line for the Sabres, but given the tiebreaker advantage Washington enjoys, it would put the Sabres in the position of having to make up 3 points on the Caps with only 5 games left to play.’

Ovechkin a concern even in an off year

‘”The game has changed since Alex entered the league, and we are looking for him to be a better all-around player,” Capitals owner Ted Leonsis told the Post in an email. “We want him to adapt his game to be productive within the framework of our team, not necessarily in comparison with others in the NHL.”‘

Sabres earn some R&R after win over Wild

‘The hype leading to Tuesday’s matchup, one of only six remaining for the Sabres, will be intense. The fans are already talking about it, but the team will give it a day.’