The Sabres Report - March 27, 2015

Sabres focused on future, not fan support   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I don’t think you can let anything outside the dressing room and off the ice affect how you approach the game,” Sabres winger Matt Moulson said. “We are professionals. A lot of people have things to play for. There’s a lot of different reasons to bring it every night.”’

Sabres’ Tyler Ennis enjoying special season   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think he’s been having a sensational year,” Nolan said. “In particular, the last 10 games or so, his play has gone up another level. Somebody asked me, ‘What’s the ceiling on this kid?’ I’m not too sure what it is, but it’s going to be magnificent to watch.’

Sabres' Ennis won't miss too many games   

WGR-AM:

‘The question is will Johnson be able to get some games by the end of the year? He said, “I hope so, there’s still two weeks left and I’ve progressed really well, so I think it’ll be close, I’m hoping to get back for the last week and get a couple of games in.”’

Sabres fans cheer Coyotes - A view from the stands   

WGR-AM:

‘Arizona struck first. Someone named Jordan Szwarz scored his first goal of the season. A man in a Keith Tkachuk jersey revealed himself in the first row of section 320, standing and clapping. Everyone else stayed in their seats. Some clapping. Some fist pumping. Around the arena, there was a rise in the crowd, but it wasn’t anything compared to when the Toronto Maple Leafs come to town. If you were against cheering for the other team, you weren’t upset by the reaction.’

Sabres likely to be without Ennis against Colorado   

Sabres.com:

‘“It’s a big loss. He’s a big key to our offense, to our power play,” captain Brian Gionta, who filled in on the top line, said. “Since he moved back to the point, we’ve been doing well on the power play, too. So hopefully it comes around quick and we’ll see what happens.”’

Sabres bow to Coyotes, pleasing the pro-tank partisans   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s tough to get momentum when your fans are rooting against you,” Weber said. “That’s the unfortunate part. I’ve never seen that before. I’ve always spoken extremely high of our fans. I don’t even know if disappointed is the word. They scored that first one, our fans are cheering. Delayed penalty, they cheer. They cheer when they score to win the game. I don’t know. I don’t even know what to say.”’

Coyotes say little on cheers from Sabres crowd   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s weird,” said defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who scored his team-best 21st goal in the second period. “Obviously we just tried to stay focused on what we had to do tonight and I thought we did a good job of that.”’

Rooting for defeat brings a house divided   

Buffalo News:

‘The subject has been beaten to a pulp by your friends and family members, your coworkers and neighbors, parents and children, and the media. There has been no middle ground, no negotiation and no relief. To think so much energy has been spent on a team that will finish the season with no playoffs.’

NHL banking on game-night lottery   

Buffalo News:

‘The NHL and its television partners believe the lottery will receive more attention if it shares the spotlight rather than commands it on its own, so the event is likely moving to the first Saturday of the postseason. The potential move, first reported by Sportsnet.ca, would create an April 18 date for the lottery. It had previously been held between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.’

Sabres boost hopes of ‘tankers’   

Buffalo News:

‘“I love the Sabres,” said Taberski, 32, of Williamsville, “but how are you going to pass up on a generational player?”’

Boynton, radio commentator for Coyotes, faces charges after drunken rampage at casino   

Buffalo News:

‘After being cut off at the bar early Thursday morning, Nick Boynton, a former defenseman with the NHL’s Boston Bruins, went on a drunken rampage at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, pushing patrons, calling women insulting names and fighting with officers, police sources said.’

Sabres fans revel in loss, cheer for Coyotes   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’ve always spoken extremely high of our fans,” an emotional Weber said. “I don’t even know if disappointed is the word. They scored the first one, our fans are cheering. Late penalty, they cheer. They cheer when they score to win the game. I don’t even know what to say. It’s extremely frustrating for us.”‘

Sabres’ Mikhail Grigorenko grateful for Ted Nolan’s honesty   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Obviously, you’re not happy when you see that,” Grigorenko said. “I think that Teddy, he’s a really honest guy. Even if you agree or disagree with what he says, it’s exactly what he thinks. He’s the head coach, so my goal is to come here and prove him wrong, show him I can play here.”’

Friday's Phoenix Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Coyotes hold off Sabres for back-to-back wins on the road (Arizona Republic)
Arizona Coyotes radio analyst charged with assault (Arizona Republic)
Photo gallery (Arizona Republic)
NHL broadcaster arrested after incident at Buffalo casino (AP)
Coyotes all but end tanking debate in Buffalo (Fox Sports Arizona)
Statement Regarding Radio Analyst Nick Boynton (PhoenixCoyotes.com)
Photo gallery (PhoenixCoyotes.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Weber ticked at hearing Sabres fans howl for Coyotes   

Toronto Sun:

‘“I respect our fans, I love our fans. I show up to work every day to do whatever I can for them and to play hard for them and my teammates. I’ve never seen that before. I don’t know what else to say.”’