The Sabres Report - November 29, 2014

Sabres return to winning ways   

Buffalo News:

‘“The last few weeks have been really good for us,” Ennis said. “If we can get this thing going like we’ve been doing, it’s going to be a fun rest of the way.”’

Gionta, Gorges return to familiar grounds   

Buffalo News:

‘Gionta said he has no idea how he’ll be received after signing a three-year deal with Buffalo. “I hope it’s good,” Gionta said, “but at the same time you never know.”’

Sabres score fluky goal late, beat Canadiens   

Olean Times Herald:

‘But late in the third period, with Alexei Yemelin off for hitting Sabres captain Brian Gionta in the head, Ennis shot the puck into the Montreal zone. The puck hit a stanchion behind the net and trickled in front to Sabres winger Matt Moulson, who had an open net.’

Sabres captain Brian Gionta ready for return to Montreal   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’m very grateful for the acceptance there,” Gionta said. “I loved the five years I had there. People were great to me and my family. An American kid coming in there, they gave me a lot of love, and I appreciate that.”’

Moulson lifts Sabres over Canadiens 2-1   


‘”It must be a lucky day, so I’ll take it,” Moulson said. “I don’t think I’ve had one off the stanchion before.”‘

Buffalo 2, Montreal 1   

The Sports Network:

‘”He had a number of chances to score throughout the game,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “For him to get two or three chances and to get one like that was probably fitting.”‘

Sabres pull out win over Canadiens   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”Everyone’s working really hard,” Sabres right winger Tyler Ennis said. “We’ve got an emphasis on hitting and playing as hard as we can and sticking up for each other. We’ve got a really close group and if we can get this going like we’ve been doing, it’s going to be a fun rest of the season.”‘

Moulson's Late Goal Lifts Sabres Over Canadiens 2-1   


‘Buffalo headed to the power play with 1:54 remaining after Alexei Emelin caught Brian Gionta with a high hit, putting the Sabres on the power play. Moulson took advantage, slamming a rebound off the back wall into a wide-open net. The Buffalo forward beat Andrei Markov to the puck after an Ennis dump-in and Price was caught out of position.’

Moulson scores late to help Sabres top Canadiens

‘“They were doing a good job stopping our entries all night, and we were just saying if you’re going to rim it, you’ve got to get it high on Price because he’s good at playing the puck,” Ennis said. “[I] tried to rim it high and hard and got a really lucky bounce and a great win.”’

Sabres capitalize on late bounce to defeat Canadiens

‘“When we’re playing good and our confidence is up, you seem to get those breaks sometimes,” Moulson said afterward. “We need to keep building on those breaks and stay positive.”’

Sabres sign Dupuy to entry-level contract

‘The Buffalo Sabres added some forward depth to the organization on Friday with the signing of free agent forward Jean Dupuy to a three-year, entry-level contract. Dupuy (6’3″, 195 lbs., 10/6/94; shoots left) currently plays for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).’

The Sabres Report - November 28, 2014

Sabres seek consistent, gritty play   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’re from a blue-collar town, we have to have that blue-collar approach in everything we do. Even if you’re a highly skilled player, that skilled player can still work his skill to his maximum and that’s what we have to do for sure.”’

Myers, Gorges may play soon   

Buffalo News:

‘“I have to be smart, and if I do come back and play, first of all I don’t want to put my team in jeopardy,” Gorges said. “If I’m not effective, I’m only hurting my team. At the same time I have to make sure I don’t go too early where I’m out for another two or three weeks again, which is counterproductive. As much as I want to be back, we’ve got to be smart at the same time.”’

Sabres’ defense slowly improving, still mistake-prone   

Olean Times Herald:

‘How much longer can Nolan keep playing Benoit, a team-worst minus-13 with zero points, and Meszaros?’

Sabres’ Tyler Myers ’50-50′ for Friday, Josh Gorges getting closer to returning   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I got to be smart and make sure if I do come back and play, first of all, I don’t put my team in jeopardy,” Gorges said. “If I’m not effective, I’m only hurting my team. At the same time, I have to make sure I don’t go too early where something happens and I’m out for another two or three weeks.”’