Statistics do a number on Sabres

‘The Sabres have scored a paltry seven times in six games (they are credited with eight as a team counting their shootout winner in Carolina). Their average of 1.17 per game is 29th in the NHL and ahead of only Florida’s 1.0. Only five teams entered Sunday even below 2.2.’

Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov’s future could be decided soon

‘Here’s the issue: Zadorov, as a European, can’t be sent back to the London Knights, his junior team, because he doesn’t have a release from the Russian club that owns his rights. The Sabres don’t believe Zadorov’s ready to play in the NHL yet. But if they don’t keep him, they lose control of him to St. Petersburg, a KHL team. They clearly don’t want him developing out of their grasp thousands of miles away in Russia.’

Sabres shut out for second straight night at home

‘“We have to figure it out,” center Cody Hodgson said. “It can’t go on like this.”’

After slow start, Bruins starting to show signs of life

‘“The attitude and focus was there in previous games but the attention to detail and really taking care of our own zone was better,” said Chara. “We always build our offense from our strong defense and that was obviously the key tonight.”’

Reinhart gets his first ‘healthy scratch’

‘“Why do you sit out anybody? It’s one of those things,” Nolan said Saturday morning. “He’s a young player and still learning. We’ll let him watch a game and see how he comes from that.’

Sabres still seeking respect after falling to Bruins, 4-0

‘The Sabres have seven scores in six games. Only four players have scored a goal. Their power play is zero of 22.’

Top Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart sits against Bruins

‘“Why do you sit out anybody?” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “It’s one of those things. He’s a young player and still learning. So we’ll let him watch a game and see how he comes from that.”’

Sunday’s Boston Coverage

Defensemen drive Bruins’ shutout of Sabres (Boston Globe)
Milan Lucic apologizes for lewd gesture in Montreal (Boston Globe)
Bruins feast on Sabres in shutout (Boston Herald)
Lucic apologizes for lewd gesture (Boston Herald)
Bruins get back on track on road trip (ESPN Boston)
Milan Lucic apologizes for gesture (ESPN Boston)
Bruins’ Lucic apologizes for obscene gesture (AP)
Bruins F Lucic apologizes for obscene gesture (The Sports Xchange)
Dougie Hamilton, Bruins Defensemen Lead Offense In Win Over Sabres (NESN)
Niklas Svedberg Earns Shutout Win To End Successful Road Trip (NESN)
Bruins dominate Sabres in 4-0 shutout (CSN New England)
B’s D-men team up for scoring bonanza vs. Sabres (CSN New England)
Swede Emotion Line leading the way for Bruins (CSN New England)
Miller knocked out of win with upper body injury (CSN New England)
Talking Points: Bruins 4, Sabres 0 (CSN New England)
B’s Beginning to Rediscover Identity with 4-0 Win Over Sabres (
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Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Svedberg earns shutout in Bruins’ win over Sabres

‘”The one thing about scoring, it’s like the weather,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “Sometimes it’s there and sometimes it’s not. It’s bad. Right now, it’s bad.”‘

Boston 4, Buffalo 0

‘”I thought we had good spurts of pressure. We have to continue to find ways to get pucks at the net,” said Buffalo forward Brian Gionta.’

Bruins’ defense shuts down Sabres

‘”The way we came out, especially playing last night, I was really happy with our effort,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “We get a couple breaks, you never know how it is. Don’t get me wrong, I’m never happy with losing, I never will be.”‘

Sabres shut out again, 4-0 Bruins

‘The Bruins controlled the play for much of the middle stanza, helped in part by their 12-5 edge in shots on goal. However, the Sabres did have three more power play chances and did not score on any of them. Cody Hodgson took the team’s lone minor when he was called for hooking.’

The Sabres do play better

‘Buffalo is 0-5 on the power play and it makes you wonder how this game changes if the Sabres would’ve broken through on a 25 year old goalie making his third career start when they had the man advantage.’

Hamilton, Svedberg lift Bruins past Sabres

‘”The coaches are drawing up plays. We’re getting chances. That’s working,” forward Cody Hodgson said. “We’re getting shots on net. At least we’re competing and battling and getting to the net. That’s the difference between winning and losing right now, banging a couple in.”‘

Despite more shots, Sabres blanked again

‘Buffalo has had trouble getting shots on net, but they were able to put a season-high 32 shots on Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg. But they weren’t able to get one past him and Svedberg earned the first shutout of his career.’