The Sabres Report - February 14, 2016

Monday's Colorado Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Semyon Varlamov pulled in Avalanche’s loss to Sabres (Denver Post)
Matt Duchene struggled in Avalanche’s loss to Buffalo (Denver Post)
Quick Deficit Costs Avs (ColoradoAvalanche.com)
Photo gallery (ColoradoAvalanche.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Sabres jump on Avalanche early in 4-1 win   

NHL.com:

‘”It’s very significant,” Bylsma said. “I think there’s a lot of hype and a lot of focus on Jack coming in this year and what he was going to bring and what he was going to do. But I think Sam has stepped up in a big way. To see that from two young players – two teenagers, for the most part – almost leading the way in that regard, and that’s a great sign for our team.”‘

EARLY LEAD ENOUGH FOR LEHNER, SABRES AGAINST COLORADO   

Sabres.com:

‘”The PK has been very good at least since I’ve come back [from injury],” Lehner said afterward. “We played desperate there, we fought well and I think they missed the net about six times so they helped us out a little bit. It was just nice, nice to get through that and come out with a win.”‘

Sabres-Avalanche: From the Locker Room   

WGR-AM:

‘”I think the biggest thing is probably just us finding our consistency. We go through those stretches of games when we’re not scoring. And then we go through stretches of games when we’re scoring a lot and it seems like everything’s going. I think, as a team, if we try to start to find that consistency, it’ll help our game a lot and translate to more wins.”‘

Quick Hits: Sabres 4, Avalanche 1   

Buffalo News:

‘Varlamov got a quick hook from Avs coach Patrick Roy after letting both shots he faced get by him.’

Sabres score 3 in first period in 4-1 win over Avalanche   

AP:

‘The Avalanche lost in regulation for the first time in eight trips to Buffalo. They had gone 6-0-1 at Buffalo since a 2-1 loss on Dec. 23, 1999.’

Sabres use quick start to dump Avalanche   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The Sabres stormed out of the gates to take a commanding lead.’

Sabres defeat Avalanche, win back-to-back at home   

WGR-AM:

‘This game has lost some of its luster with so many penalties being called.’

Kane starting to find his comfort zone   

Buffalo News:

‘“A lot of the guys that I did meet when I did get traded were gone, and it was a whole new team,” he said. “We’re a team that’s learning to win and changing our mentality in terms of being harder to play against. We have enough skill in here, and I think it’s just a matter of being harder to play against, being tougher to play against, especially at home here.”’

Stamkos would be more than welcome here   

Buffalo News:

‘But Murray needs veteran NHL talent now. At the trade deadline and during free agency. There is no excuse for this team to be floundering near the bottom of the NHL again. It’s certainly not the fault of Eichel, Reinhart or Ristolainen. Or Evander Kane and Ryan O’Reilly, even though players about to start the largest contract in franchise history really can’t go without a goal and play minus-13 hockey for a month, as O’Reilly just did.’

Quick goals by opponents a problem   

Buffalo News:

‘“When we start letting in some goals, we’ve got to take a few breathers,” goaltender Robin Lehner said Saturday. “Just chip it in and try to just stay out of our zone for a little bit, go grind it out for a few shifts to calm down. We’re trying to find ways.”’

Mother’s guidance helped Justin Bailey reach Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He trusts me and he knows I have his back and his best interests at heart,” Buscaglia said. “The journey is definitely a father-and-son kind of thing.”‘

Sabres’ Dan Bylsma not rotating defensemen; Zemgus Girgensons ready   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I didn’t like our last two games defensively, and that would be inclusive of a lot of people,” Bylsma said. “I think just the opportunities and situations were giving up in a game, Mark was a part of. We’re going to have that accountability in our game, and Mark was the guy that was coming out.”’

Mikhail Grigorenko back where he started   

Denver Post:

‘”It was enough to get to know the city, all the good places and bad,” Grigorenko said. “People were really nice to me there. It was a good experience.”‘

Sunday's Colorado Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Mikhail Grigorenko back where he started (Denver Post)
Colorado Avalanche at Buffalo Sabres: How to watch on TV, preview and more (Denver Post)
Avalanche-Sabres Preview (AP)
Avalanche go for three in a row (NHL.com)