Sabres’ Mitchell earns his way to center stage

‘“Everything comes from how he works,” said captain Brian Gionta, who plays on Mitchell’s right side while Brian Flynn skates on the left. “He’s good all over the ice, whether it’s D-zone or not. The night against San Jose, he’s making good plays in the D-zone and it leads to a two-on-one for a goal.’

Hodgson, Myers have fond Quinn memories

‘“I just developed a lot of respect for him, the way he developed us coaching and the way he handled the players in the room,” Myers said. “Pat was a huge influence in the hockey world, a major icon. His passing, I’m sure, is going to affect a lot of people.”’

Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth making strong bid to regain No. 1 job

‘“Last game was almost like a statement game,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Monday. “He really wanted to get in there. He wanted to do something well, and he certainly did.”‘

Sabres have special memories of Pat Quinn; Michal Neuvirth ready to return

‘“He was a big reason why we were the last Canadian team to win,” Ennis said. “He was really nice to us young kids who were all intimidated because he was such a good head coach in the NHL, and we didn’t know what to expect.”’

Secondary scoring, strong goaltending fueling winning streak

‘“In the last couple weeks, things have slowly started turning. And when you get wins through your work and you see the results, it makes you believe a little bit more,” Nolan said. “Right now, the guys are feeling good about themselves. They’ve got good spirits and now we’ve just got to learn to keep it going.”’

Sabres starting to heat up

‘“We’re doing the right things, playing the right way and it’s going our way now,” said Gionta. “’Mitchey’ poked that puck loose, I tried getting it by the goalie on the far side and it didn’t happen, but I was able to keep poking away and it went right to him.”’

Flip gives team December to remember

‘The Sabres-Rangers game that was wiped out is being played on Feb. 20, which was originally a visit by the Ottawa Senators. That game will now be played on Monday, Dec. 15, which was an off day on the schedule. Right after that one ends, the Sabres will have to fly all the way to Winnipeg for a previously slated game against the Jets the next night in MTS Centre.’

Sunday’s Washington Coverage

Capitals outshoot Buffalo by 18 but still fall to Sabres, 2-1, at Verizon Center (Washington Post)
In loss to Buffalo, Mike Green leaves with upper-body injury (Washington Post)
Caps battle back, but can’t hold on in 2-1 loss to Sabres (CSN Washington)
Green injured in Caps’ loss to Sabres (CSN Washington)
Trotz apologizes to Capitals fans after loss (CSN Washington)
Caps lack finish, lose 2-1 (
CapsSabres Infographic 11/22/14 (
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Mitchell’s goal lifts Sabres past Capitals, 2-1

‘Torrey Mitchell scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:42 left, Jhonas Enroth stopped 43 shots, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 Saturday night for their third straight win.’

Buffalo 2, Washington 1

‘”We’re playing like a confident team right now, and confident teams get breaks, and those lead to wins,” said Enroth.’

Enroth stops 43 shots in Sabres’ win

‘”Jhonas made some big saves for us and kept us around long enough that we found a way,” Nolan said of the Sabres’ third straight victory following a 3-13-2 start. “Torrey’s goal — he goes out and comes back in and is in the right place at the right time for us.”‘

Sabres Win 3rd Straight, 2-1 Over Caps

‘Despite being badly outshot, the Sabres managed the first goal of the game. Matt Moulson backhanded a rebound off the back wall into the net, giving Buffalo a 1-0 lead through 40 minutes. Washington sent 31 shots toward the Sabres net during the first two periods, but Enroth stopped each of them.’

Sabres look to make it three in a row

‘”Sometimes I think you gotta weather the storm,” said Strachan. “[The Capitals] came out hard in that second, and we maybe didn’t have the legs that we needed to match, but [Enroth] I think had 40 saves on the night. You can look at your goaltending to pull you out of a lot of those situations when they’re playing as well as they are right now”‘

Enroth makes 43 saves to help Sabres defeat Capitals

‘”I’m not a big believer in luck,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “I believe that the harder you work, the luckier you get, if there’s such a thing. We never gave up. We kept trying to do the same things over and over again, and it’s nice to see when you do do that and you do have some perseverance, you get rewarded for it like the last three games.”‘

Sabres win third-straight game with victory over Capitals

‘“I really tried to dig in those last couple of minutes and keep my focus the whole game because I didn’t want to give up a bad goal in the end and have it go to overtime or anything like that,” Enroth said. “So I just told myself to try to stay focused the last couple minutes and see what happens.”’