Myers scores go-ahead goal for Sabres

‘Miller made several quality saves during three short-handed situations, including a 5-on-3, during the second. He also had a point-blank stop on Steven Stamkos in the third.’

Buffalo 2, Tampa Bay 1

‘Rolston, who replaced long-time Buffalo bench boss Lindy Ruff, had led the Sabres to back-to-back losses, but got 30 saves from Ryan Miller on Tuesday, as Buffalo snapped a four-game skid.’

Sabres Edge Lightning 2-1

‘After skating to a scoreless 2nd period, Tyler Myers put Buffalo ahead very early in the final frame, ripping a shot into the Tampa Bay net 52 seconds in. Just moments after nearly tapping in a goal of his own, Thomas Vanek gained possession behind the Lightning net and fed Myers near the top of the faceoff circle. The Buffalo defenseman, after taking two penalties in the 2nd period, gave his team the lead for the first time.’

Sabres played looking for pace

‘The Sabres kept skating until the Stamkos line put on a lot of pressure with about five minutes left. When Buffalo did get it out Hodgson went in alone only to be stopped by Garon.’

Rolston gets first win as Sabres edge Lightning

‘Tyler Myers put broke a 1-1 tie and put Buffalo in the lead for good on the first shot for the Sabres in the final period, just 52 seconds after the faceoff. Myers took a pass from behind the Lightning net and one-timed it behind Mathieu Garon from the right faceoff circle.’

Rolston’s first win snaps skid

‘Tampa Bay came into the game with a league-high 69 goals scored, with their 33 third-period goals also tops in the NHL. Not only did the Sabres limit them to just one goal on the night, they held the Lightning off the scoresheet in the third after Tyler Myers scored what would end up being the game winner just 52 seconds into the final stanza.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Losing skid continues for Rochester Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Palat is great as Syracuse Crunch streak reaches eight with 4-1 win at Rochester (Syracuse Post Standard)
Amerks fall to Syracuse, 4-1 (Amerks.com)
Ondrej Palat’s hat trick lifts Crunch over Rochester (SyracuseCrunch.com)

Sunshine State could save season for Sabres

‘“You need to have belief,” winger Drew Stafford said Monday. “As bad as it gets, obviously we’re not going to give up. We have the right guys in here that we can turn it around. We’ve done it before. … We’ve got roughly 30 games or so left and it’s one of those things where it has to start tomorrow.”’

Pardy’s back to reinforce defense

‘“It was frustrating,” admitted Pardy, who was paired Monday with Mike Weber. “It’s always frustrating when you get sent down. It’s never easy to take but you have to use the time there to move forward and help yourself get better.”’

Sabres’ Rolston: ‘It’s going to be a process’ improving

‘“I know patience isn’t big with anybody,” interim coach Ron Rolston said Monday inside the First Niagara Center after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s tilt in Tampa Bay against the Lightning. “It’s not big with me. It’s not big with fans. It’s not big with media. But right now, it’s going to be a process.”’

Sabres summon Pardy from Rochester with Sulzer sidelined

‘“You’re always expecting injuries,” said Pardy, who played his 184th NHL game on Feb. 5 before returning to the AHL. “It’s going to happen at some point. You got to be ready for it either way. You don’t know when it’s going to come. You never want to see what’s going on right now here with this start. It’s tough for everybody. There’s an opportunity for me here to come in and try to help out where I can.”’

Tuesday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Preview: Lightning vs. Sabres (Tampa Bay Times)
Sabres-Lightning Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (6-12-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (9-8-1) (The Sports Network)
Sabres hope to right ship against Lightning (NHL.com)
Bolts vs. Sabres Preview (TampaBayLightning.com)

Sabres Vanek thinks it’ll take .724 hockey to get into the playoffs

‘“We don’t have to kid ourselves, we have what, 29 games left? We probably need to win 21 of them to even have a chance. It’s a big task, but I think this is a group that can put a streak together, but it starts with one. Not just to win, but it starts with having a good win, playing a good 60 minutes. A lot of our mistakes come from us turning it over and not getting out of the zone, but I don’t think we’re that far off. I know we’ve said that for week now and we keep losing, but as long as you believe, and I think the guys do then there’s a chance.”’

Sabres Vanek gets second day off in a row

‘ek was given another day off after the team had Sunday off. When I asked him if he was hurting he said, “Yes, that’s basically what it is, I’m trying to get better and ready for tomorrow.” Ron Rolston said, “He’s fine, just kind of a rest day, basically maintenance day for him.”’

Sabres recall defenseman Adam Pardy

‘Pardy (3/29/84, 6’4″, 226 lbs.) will join the Sabres for the second time this season after tallying an assist in his Sabres debut on Feb. 5 at Ottawa. Pardy has five points (1+4) and a plus-1 rating in 11 AHL games with the Americans.’