Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Toronto’s pressure sinks Amerks late (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Toronto scores three times in third period to defeat Rochester 4-1 (CP)
Amerks Lose, but get Tropp back in the lineup (WGR-AM)
Amerks drop 4-1 decision to Marlies (Amerks.com)
Marlies Pad Division Lead with Win Over Rochester (Marlies.ca)

Sabres give up lead, lose in shootout

‘With coach Ron Rolston promising a strong start following the morning skate after Tuesday’s clunker in Tampa Bay, the Sabres failed to deliver against the NHL’s last-place team. They gave up a goal 3½ minutes in to Shawn Matthias and played sleepy and sunblocked for the opening 20 minutes.’

Brennan finds a home in Florida

‘Brennan, a former second-round pick by the Sabres, was essentially dumped for a fifth-round pick. He had struggled in several attempts to become a regular in the NHL but the move was still a mild surprise given the likelihood the Sabres will deal veteran defensemen but so quickly gave up on a 23-year-old blue liner. The Panthers almost certainly jumped at Brennan in part because his coach at Portland of the AHL was current Florida coach Kevin Dineen.’

Barnaby gets $50,000 engagement ring back from ex-fiancee

‘In exchange, Barnaby paid Lindke $1,000, on top of a $5,000 payment he made to the 25-year-old Lockport woman when they broke up.’

Friday’s Florida Coverage

A bittersweet night for Florida Panthers (Miami Herald)
Photo gallery (Miami Herald)
Panthers win on Santorelli’s shootout goal (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 5, Sabres 4 (SO) (FloridaPanthers.com)
Photo gallery (FloridaPanthers.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Santorelli lifts Panthers past Sabres in shootout

‘Marcus Foligno, Drew Stafford, Andrej Sekera, and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Sabres and Ryan Miller stopped 36 shots. Jason Pominville had a shootout goal.’

Florida 5, Buffalo 4 (SO)

‘The next three shooters each came up empty before Santorelli skated in and avoided a Ryan Miller stick check before lifting a wrister over the prone Buffalo netminder to end the Panthers’ three-game skid.’

Sabres rule Vanek out against Panthers

‘Vanek exited Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay early in the third period with an undisclosed muscle strain and has not participated in the Sabres’ last two practices.’

Santorelli’s game-winner lifts Panthers past Sabres in shootout

‘Jason Pominville beat Jacob Markstrom, but Markstrom rejected Tyler Ennis, Drew Stafford and Steve Ott in order. Ryan Miller denied Peter Mueller, but Jonathan Huberdeau’s shot crossed the line to tie it at 1 upon further review. Shawn Matthias couldn’t put in the game-winner as the third shooter.’

Panthers Outlast Sabres in 5-4 Shootout Win

‘After a scoreless overtime, the Panthers ended it in the shootout on goals by Huberdeau and Mike Santorelli. Jason Pominville picked up the lone goal for Buffalo in the shootout. The Sabres leave Florida having picked up one out of a possible four points. They’ll return home now to face the Washington Capitals on Saturday.’

Sabres Stafford attempting a comeback of sorts

‘Overall I think Stafford had a great game. I liked many things he did and seemed to be moving his feet and competing all night long.’

Sabres Stafford is ready to be better

‘Stafford has said all the right things while sitting and he feels he’s ready, “For sure, it’s a tough situation sitting out, it’s not fun by any means, it’s pretty frustrating, but it’s over and the focus is on going out and having a great game tonight.”’

Panthers rally in third, defeat Sabres in shootout

‘Nathan Gerbe, Andrej Sekera, Drew Stafford and Marcus Foligno scored for the Sabres, who were swept on a two-game Florida trip for the fifth time in 28 sets of back-to-back games against the Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.’

Shut down in Sunrise

‘e Buffalo Sabres were able to generate 40 shots worth of offense on Thursday, but it was their penalty killing that ultimately did them in.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Colin Jacobs could prove to be coach’s pet with Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
A homecoming to remember for rookie forward Colin Jacobs (Amerks.com)