Sabres give Stafford another shot

‘“You shouldn’t wait until the third period to turn it up a notch,” center Cody Hodgson said. “We needed to be in that mode the whole game. They had a pretty good collapse going down low and they take away all your routes so you’ve got to make sure you use your points to get some offense going. That was part of our strategy but getting only 14 shots isn’t nearly enough.”’

Former Sabres prospect Brennan feeling comfortable with Panthers

‘“It’s obviously a bit of a surprise,” Brennan said about getting dealt. “Leaving the Buffalo organization after seven years now, (it felt) a little, I don’t know, hard to swallow at first. You don’t really know any better. You don’t know anyone else. … It’s definitely a little bittersweet.”’

The Drive for Ninth

‘Keep those playoff ticket invoices handy and on your desks at home. But don’t mail them in to the ticket office just yet.’

Thursday’s Florida Coverage

Preview: Panthers vs. Sabres, 7:30 p.m. Thursday (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Sabres-Panthers Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (13-16-4) at Florida Panthers (9-19-6) (The Sports Network)
Panthers return home, play host to Sabres (NHL.com)

Sabres back to regrouping

‘“I was just frustrated, because we had been playing fairly good hockey and we wanted to continue to build on that and we hit another speed bump, so you’re frustrated with it, but we’re back this morning, short meeting, short message and we have to be better tomorrow night.”’

Sabres may not have Vanek. Stafford is back

‘As far as if it’s still possible Vanek will play Rolston said, “Potentially, but he’s still pretty sore today.”’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

David Leggio carries Rochester in shutout victory (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Leggio ruins Zettler’s debut as Rochester blanks Syracuse Crunch, 1-0 (Syracuse Post Standard)
Amerks’ Leggio is NHL Worthy (WGR-AM)
Leggio shines as Amerks shutout Crunch, 1-0 (Amerks.com)
Amerks sign Patrick Rissmiller to AHL contract (Amerks.com)
Crunch blanked by Amerks (SyracuseCrunch.com)

Sabres’ streak grinds to a halt in Tampa

‘The Sabres had seven shots on goal through two periods and finished with a season-low 14. They generated basically no offense against a team on a three-game losing streak that was two days removed from firing coach Guy Boucher.’

Griffs’ run lifts Conacher’s spirits

‘Tuesday’s game was the second of three meetings with the Sabres for Conacher. He will make his NHL debut in Buffalo when the Lightning visits April 14.’

Wednesday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Tampa Bay Lightning open Cooper era with victory (Tampa Tribune)
Cancer claims former Tampa Bay Lightning assistant (Tampa Tribune)
Lightning tops Sabres 2-1 (Tampa Bay Times)
Former Lightning assistant Fleming dies (Tampa Bay Times)
Lightning 2, Sabres 1 (TampaBayLightning.com)
Photo gallery (TampaBayLightning.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Stamkos, St. Louis send Lightning past Sabres

‘The Lightning ended a three-game losing streak while Buffalo failed to make up ground in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.’

Tampa Bay 2, Buffalo 1

‘Steven Stamkos and Martin St Louis each set up one another’s goals, helping Tampa Bay snap a three-game losing streak. Mathieu Garon needed to make only 13 saves to pick up his fourth win of the season and first against a team other than Carolina.’

Lightning snap Sabres’ three-game win streak with 2-1 win

‘”There wasn’t a lot of urgency in anything tonight,” he said.’

Lightning Halt Sabres’ Streak With 2-1 Victory

‘Jordan Leopold cut the deficit in half with a little over three minutes remaining in regulation, but the Lightning hung on for the win. One injury note, Thomas Vanek left this game in the third period with an upper-body injury.’

Sabres looking to extend their streak

‘Miller and the defense did its job in this game, it was the offensive part that had no get up and go. The problem is there’s no longer any room for error.’