The Sabres Report - April 2, 2015

Sabres chip away at deficit, top Leafs   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres got unlikely appearances on the score sheet by Matt Ellis and Zac Dalpe to win their second straight game Wednesday, 4-3. The last-place Sabres pulled within two points of Arizona with five games remaining for each. The Coyotes own the tiebreaker of regulation/overtime victories (18-14), so the Sabres need three points to pass Arizona.’

Lottery may turn over new Leafs   

Buffalo News:

‘If you’re a conspiracy theorist, the Leafs are absolutely winning the lottery on April 18. Think of Patrick Ewing going to the Knicks or Sidney Crosby going to Mario Lemieux’s Penguins at a time when No. 66 was recouping his millions from his bankrupt franchise that was desperate to build a new arena and not leave for Kansas City.’

Meszaros finds his scoring touch   

Buffalo News:

‘He became the first defenseman in Sabres franchise history to record consecutive multi-goal games.’

Boynton is a no show in Buffalo city court   

Buffalo News:

‘Schulefand said Boynton, who posted $10,000 bail in the case, began intensive outpatient treatment Tuesday at the Meadows addiction treatment center in Scottsdale, Ariz., which involves counseling sessions Monday through Thursday.;

Rare Matt Ellis goal caps Sabres’ comeback win against hapless Leafs   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The pro-tank fans can’t be happy. Through all the adversity and turmoil this season, the Sabres haven’t quit. Deep down, some Sabres fans probably appreciate that. Unlike Thursday, when the home fans cheered for the Coyotes in their 4-3 overtime win, the Sabres supporters in the bipartisan capacity crowd of 19,070 rooted for their team again.’

Former Sabres prospect T.J. Brennan back in NHL after long journey   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“As long as people still want you, I guess you’re doing your job,” he said. “For myself, I’ve had to learn some valuable lessons along the way. I’ve had to go through a few different places to learn them.”‘

Thursday's Toronto Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Leafs blow lead, fall 4-3 to Sabres (Toronto Sun)
It’s very clear that the Leafs and Sabres didn’t care (Toronto Sun)
Signs point to Nonis returning as Maple Leafs GM (Toronto Sun)
Sabres win, Leafs lose, or was it the other way around? (Toronto Star)
Sabres beat Leafs as battle for NHL’s basement continues (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Nolan, Horachek relate at end of difficult year (Sportsnet)
Leafs struggles in Buffalo continue (MapleLeafs.com)
Photo gallery (MapleLeafs.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

The Sabres Report - April 1, 2015

Win over Coyotes has Sabres gunning for more   

Buffalo News:

‘Plenty of folks are worried the jolt of pride could cost Buffalo a guaranteed shot at McDavid or Eichel. The Sabres climbed to within four points of 29th-place Arizona, with one fewer game played. They’ll make it up Wednesday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit First Niagara Center.’

Weber nominated for Masterton Trophy   

Buffalo News:

‘Weber earned the nomination in part by being a veteran leader on a young team in need of them. The longest-tenured player in the organization mentors teammates such as Ramsus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov. He also shows how to be a spokesman during tough times, like when he eloquently represented the Sabres in speaking about the death of former teammate Steve Montador.’

Sabres could still finish 29th, lose guarantee of elite prospect   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres are 4-7-1 this season against their remaining opponents.’

Wednesday's Toronto Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Game Day: Maple Leafs at Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Leafs at Sabres: Wednesday game preview (Toronto Star)
Maple Leafs-Sabres Preview (AP)
Toronto Maple Leafs (29-42-6) at Buffalo Sabres (21-47-8) (The Sports Network)
Sabres return home to host Maple Leafs (NHL.com)
Match Preview: Maple Leafs vs. Sabres (MapleLeafs.com)
Keys to the Game: Maple Leafs vs. Sabres (MapleLeafs.com)

Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes make things interesting in the McEichel Derby   

National Post:

‘Buffalo hosts the Maple Leafs on Wednesday — a dangerous potential for two points, especially since Toronto will be playing the second half of a back-to-back — and also has games left against Carolina and Columbus. The Sabres will also face Chicago, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders in games that would seem unlikely to generate points for Buffalo.’

Last-place buzz about to get louder   

WGR-AM:

‘Tomorrow it’s Toronto, a team thousands of ticket-holders commonly show up to root for. That Arizona game made easy sense: Buffalo fans, comprising the vast majority of the crowd and seeing the benefits of losing, preferred the Coyotes. But Toronto’s different. Leafs fans are fed up with their team and while not much can be gained in the standings, they may heckle the Leafs out of spite.’

Wednesday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks’ McCabe returns on weekend, Pysyk done for year (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
RIT’s Matt Garbowsky staying in Rochester (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks agree to terms with Matt Garbowsky (Amerks.com)
Peters impresses; Catenaacci steps up (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - March 31, 2015

Sabres aren’t finished yet, knock off Coyotes   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres took advantage of the lethargy to end a five-game winless skid and win for just the second time in 14 games.’