Archives for January 2014

Enroth’s woes continue as Sabres fall in overtime

‘It was another spotty night for Enroth, who made 30 saves but still fell to 1-10-5 on the season and 0-8-4 in his last 12 decisions. If Ryan Miller wants no part of this franchise’s rebuild, or if the Sabres are determined on trading their longtime starter, it’s hard to imagine them thinking they can push forward with Enroth as their main man in the net.’

Ovechkin ramps up his game in time for Sochi

‘Ovechkin is a frightening player when he’s right, and he was the most dangerous player on the ice against Buffalo. He finished with two goals and two assists, giving him five goals and seven points in his last three games. If his last three performances were any indication, everybody else might as well stay home. In fact, it was never a bad idea.’

Varone’s first NHL goal is dream come true

‘“It’s every kid’s dream,” Varone said of his first NHL goal. “I thought about it a lot, ever since I got called up. … It’s a good weight off the shoulders obviously but I wish it would have come in a win. It would have felt a lot better.”’

Sabres can’t stop Alex Ovechkin, fall to Capitals in OT

‘“You just want to freeze the goalie,” Ovechkin said following a four-point night. “If the goalie wants to play aggressive you have to wait until he goes and does something. My partner on the other side has to be ready for the pass.”’

Sabres’ Chad Ruhwedel quickly learning pro game, impressing in NHL

‘“The one thing about Chad, he can skate,” Nolan said. “I think the first part he was similar to Phil (Varone) the game before. I think he was a little bit nervous in the beginning. I think once he got his legs underneath him he was pretty effective for us.”’

Wednesday’s Washington Coverage

Mike Green’s goal in overtime lifts Washington to 5-4 win (Washington Post)
Instant analysis: Capitals 5, Sabres 4, OT (CSN Washington)
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Green scores OT goal; Capitals beat Sabres 5-4

”’I think we had a lot of character in that room,” said Hodgson, who has six goals and 10 points in eight games since returning from a thumb injury. ”We showed a lot of guts battling back.”’

Bettman: Sabres bidding to host scouting combine

‘The combine is run by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau and is traditionally held in Toronto in late May. It brings together the league’s top draft-eligible prospects for testing and workouts that are open to the NHL’s 30 teams.’

Washington 5, Buffalo 4 (OT)

‘Cody Hodgson scored twice, with Christian Ehrhoff and Philip Varone each scoring for the Sabres, who have lost seven of eight. Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves in the loss.’

Ovechkin’s big game helps Caps win in OT

‘”I think we had a lot of character in that room,” Hodgson said. “We showed a lot of guts battling back but it’s a winnable game for us. We could’ve closed it out in the third period and had some little breakdowns and mistakes that ultimately cost us. It’s tough. I thought we did battle back and show a lot but it wasn’t enough.”‘

Ovechkin, Caps Top Sabres in OT 5-4

‘Hodgson’s second goal of the night tied it at 6:48 of the third. Hodgson danced through traffic and snapped a shot over Holtby’s left shoulder to even the score once again. Green’s second goal of the evening came just a minute into overtime, giving the Caps the 5-4 victory. Ovechkin picked up his second assist and fourth point of the evening, sliding the puck over to Green who popped it past Enroth for the win.

Sabres couldn’t get lucky a third time with Ovechkin

‘”I guess you could say it’s good to get the point,” said Hodgson. “That’s a winnable game for us. Especially in the third period, we had lots of chances. Jhonas made the saves he needed to. Unfortunately, little mistakes, little breakdowns cost us again.”‘

Green’s OT goal lifts Capitals past Sabres

‘The Sabres (14-30-8), who got two goals by Cody Hodgson but never led, have one victory in their past eight games.’

Varone scores first goal in OT Loss

‘“That’s just going to happen. In a situation like that, he’s gotta learn that if that does happen, he has to battle through it, and he certainly did for us,” Nolan said. “The best thing about the whole thing is the way he fought back, which was a positive side.”’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Jamie Tardif coming up big for Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)