The Sabres Report - December 21, 2014

Sabres’ home becomes sick bay   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres certainly got sick of their mistakes. A litany of errors – ranging from blown coverages to missed passes to poor personnel changes – dropped Buffalo to its second loss in a row. It was the first setback at home in seven games.’

Larsson arrives late but scores first goal   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s been a lot of games. I had some good chances, some good opportunities,” Larsson said. “I was thinking about it a little bit. In the end it was nice to see it go in and have it done.”’

Sabres lose game to Avalanche, Tyler Myers to injury   

Olean Times Herald:

‘At times, however, the Avalanche looked like a powerhouse before the 18,831 fans inside the First Niagara Center.’

Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko feels he earned recall   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I was hoping I would get called up, especially that game against Colorado against Patrick,” Grigorenko said Saturday morning prior to the Sabres’ 5-1 loss inside the First Niagara Center. “I saw him … at the morning skate. He said, ‘Hi, how are you?’ It was a big smile on my face just to see him. So I’m really excited.”’

Former Sabres star Daniel Briere treasuring end of career   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’m trying to enjoy what’s going on now,” Briere said Saturday inside the First Niagara Center. “I know I don’t have a lot of time left, so I don’t want to look too far ahead. I’m trying to live in the moment, try to embrace what I have now. The end is going to come fast enough, and I don’t want to look back and regret it and say, ‘Oh, I should’ve enjoyed it.’”‘

Sunday's Colorado Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Colorado Avalanche cruises to 5-1 victory at Buffalo Sabres (Denver Post)
Happy holiday? it might not apply for Avs goalie Calvin Pickard (Denver Post)
New Lines A Winning Combination For Avalanche (ColoradoAvalanche.com)
Photo gallery (ColoradoAvalanche.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Tanguay scores 2 goals, Avalanche beat Sabres 5-1   

AP:

‘Colorado has won its last eight against Buffalo dating to 2005, and jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Johnson’s goal 2:23 into the game.’

Sabres recall Grigorenko for game against Avs   

AP:

‘The 2012 first-round draft pick was called up Monday and played in Buffalo’s 5-1 loss at Winnipeg the following day. Grigorenko was then returned to Rochester following the game, in which he had one shot and logged just under 17 minutes of ice time.’

Colorado 5, Buffalo 1   

The Sports Network:

‘Jhonas Enroth stopped 18-of-22 shots for Buffalo, which has been outscored 10-2 while dropping its last two on the heels of a four-game winning streak.’

Avalanche score impressive win over Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”They’re a very skilled team,” Nolan said. “You give them a chance, they’re going to put them in. The scary part is I liked our first period except we had made a couple crucial mistakes and they capitalized on it. … We did the same thing (later on). It was more our mental mistakes than anything.”.

Sabres recall Grigorenko   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Grigorenko has scored 19 points in 29 games with the Amerks this season, and has eight points in 44 games with the Sabres over the past two seasons.’

Avs Stomp Sabres 5-1   

WGR-AM:

‘Tyler Myers (lower body injury) and Patrick Kaleta (sick) left early and did not return. Larsson arrived at First Niagara Center moments before faceoff, having been recalled late in the day to replace Matt Moulson (sick).’

Sabres' Struggles Against Avs Continue   

WGR-AM:

‘Not only did Buffalo come into the game without Matt Moulson, Mike Weber, Tyson Strachan, Torrey Mitchell and Cody McCormick, but they lost Pat Kaleta and Tyler Myers during the game.’

Tanguay, Pickard lead Avalanche past Sabres   

NHL.com:

‘”Myers we’ll take a look at right now, he’ll probably be questionable for [Sunday],” Nolan said. “Kaleta wasn’t an injury. He was more sick than injury. Same thing with Matty Moulson (who was scratched). Before the game, he just didn’t have enough energy to play.”‘

Injury-depleted Sabres snap home qinning streak against Avs   

Sabres.com:

‘“It is disappointing, but we’ve got to move forward. We’ve got a quick turnaround,” said Tyler Ennis, who played in his 300th- career NHL game on Saturday. “We’ve got a little break at Christmas time so nothing to save it for. It’s a big game and we’ve got to go pick up two points tomorrow.”’