Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Ex-Amerk Drew MacIntyre faces old team (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Toronto Marlies will lean on veterans in series against Rochester Americans (CP)
Regular season in review (Amerks.com)

Sabres rookie getting his feet wet

‘“I’ve definitely had to adjust to the speed here,” he said. “I’ve had a couple semi-decent games, trying to work every day so my life gets a little easier. Going to the next level, you have to dumb things down some at the start, simplify things and go step by step. Focus on making good passes breaking out, make plays when you have to. Anything like jumping into the offense after that is just a bonus.”‘

Sabres tough guy Scott earning regular shift, says he will score rare goal

‘Scott has more fights this season (six) than career points (five). He hasn’t even recorded an assist since Dec. 16, 2011, a 54-game stretch.’

Ryan Miller: ”If they can dish it out, they can take it”

‘While the 8-4 loss hurt badly enough, and the slim probability of making the playoffs vanished in the blink of an eye, the talk around the arena, in the locker room, on blogs, and on social media networks was the behavior of Miller and what this means for his future as a Buffalo Sabre.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Players show new resolve in series against Marlies (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Ott goal puts the icing on Miller’s rebound effort

‘“We found a way,” Ott said. “It’s frustrating at times. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs this season, but consistency’s a main factor.”‘

Sabres’ season not all doom and gloom

‘The Sabres have issues that need to be addressed before a growing number of fans reach their breaking point, but it wasn’t all bad. Don’t get the wrong idea here. I’m not getting soft or tired of criticizing them. It’s actually quite the opposite. But to overlook promising signs would be as irresponsible as ignoring their problems.’

Hecht a finalist for Masterton Trophy

‘Not only has Hecht returned to the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup this season, he’s been ready to play in every game. The comeback and desire have made him a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.’

Buffalo Sabres, Ryan Miller at a crossroads

‘For eight seasons, the only reason I tuned in to many Sabres games was to watch Miller, the team’s Zen master good for 35 to 40 saves with a few Houdini had a role in. But a great goalie on a below-average team isn’t going to win a Cup, whereas a solid goalie on a great team might. In order to improve, the Sabres need the trade haul Miller, who has a year left on a $6 million per year deal, could bring in.’

Miller bounces back as Sabres down Penguins

‘“He’s impressed the whole season. He’s been our best player.”’

Ruhwedel’s whirlwind NHL adventure brings Sabres rookie back to Pittsburgh

‘“Coming out of the tunnel (Monday) night and seeing Pittsburgh again was cool,” Ruhwedel said. “It’s a great city. They did a great job hosting the Frozen Four. It was incredible, a lot of fun.”’

Wednesday’s Pittsburgh Coverage

Sabres win, 4-2, end Penguins’ streak for second time this month (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Martin, Neal likely to return soon; no timetable for Crosby (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Malkin sharp in Penguins’ loss to Sabres (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Crosby skates, but no timetable for return (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Malkin in, Orpik out in loss to Buffalo (Beaver County Times)
Penguins foiled again by Sabres; Orpik injured (Washington Observer Reporter)
Endgame: Sabres 4, Penguins 2 (PittsburghPenguins.com)
Photo gallery (PittsburghPenguins.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Vanek powers Sabres by Penguins 4-2

‘Steve Ott gave Buffalo the lead for good when he batted a rebound out of the air past Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury with 2:34 left and Vanek added an empty-netter in the final minute.’

Buffalo 4, Pittsburgh 2

‘Thomas Vanek scored twice and added an assist, while Jochen Hecht made the other goal for the Sabres, who snapped a two-game skid. Ryan Miller posted 40 saves in the victory.’

Sabres damage Penguins’ chances at best record with 4-2 win

‘”Obviously, we wanted to be in the playoffs, but that’s not going to happen, but guys want to make sure they finish strong,” Buffalo interim coach Ron Rolston said. “Tonight was a good step in that direction. It goes to show if guys play together and play the right way, had the win in Boston and a couple wins here on the road, those teams are quality teams.”‘