Despite Oilers woes, things going much worse for 12-game-losing-skid Sabres

‘“We’re going through a bad stretch, but the last three games, I think the effort has been there,” said Sabres head coach Ted Nolan. “I think we’re getting a little better as far as the battle level and the effort goes. As long as the effort and the battle level are there, the outcome will be the outcome, based on how you execute things.”’

Sabres, Oilers dismiss tank talk

‘“That’s no factor in our room. No one is looking at the draft,” said Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. “We’re focusing on game by game and trying to win every game we can. And you know what? The bottom line is that if we were playing better before, we wouldn’t be in this position in the first place. We’re not playing for last here.”’

Zadorov back but won’t play Thursday

‘“Somebody does that, you don’t just say ‘sorry’ and put him right back in,” Nolan said. “I think it’s the hierarchy of his situation. He just hopped on the ice one day for practice, off the ice eight days and I don’t think it’s fair to put anybody in that situation. At least we give him a couple days and put him back in.”’

Thursday’s Edmonton Coverage

Sabres-Oilers Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (14-31-3) at Edmonton Oilers (12-27-9) (The Sports Network)
Oilers’ Hall could miss game against Sabres (
Preview: Oilers vs. Sabres (

Sabres reinstate D Zadorov

‘The Sabres suspended Zadorov for one game after he failed to report to the team’s practice on Monday. The rookie was unable to catch a return flight from the Dominican Republic, where he spent the All-Star break, in time to make the club’s departure for its current road trip.’

Sabres Zadorov said he deserved suspension

‘“I didn’t get onto the plane because they sold more tickets than seats on the plane and there were no other planes to put me on because they were also full, so I got to stay there another day. It’s kind of my fault and I feel sorry, I should make the trip a day earlier and have the extra day. It’s kind of my mistake and next time I’ve got to do better.” Zadorov added, “I didn’t show up on time, so probably they did the right thing.”’

Zadarov to sit against Edmonton

‘“I know it’s kind of my fault because I shouldn’t do that. I should make the trip a day early and then you have a safe day, an extra day,” a contrite Zadorov said. “It’s kind of my mistake because I just shouldn’t do that. Next time I’m going to be safer and I’m going to do better.”’

Sabres’ third period wilt keeps their skid going

‘The game was tied and the shots on goal were tied at 16-16 through two periods. How bad were the Sabres outplayed in the third? Calgary outshot them, 15-2, and had an incredible 28-3 advantage in shot attempts. The Flames also won 14 of 20 faceoffs.’

Gionta pained by watching team’s skid

‘“I didn’t believe it then and I still don’t believe it,” Gionta said prior to Tuesday’s game in the Scotiabank Saddledome. “I still think we’re a much better team than we’re showing. That’s the frustrating part. If you knew it wasn’t in here, you wouldn’t accept it but you would certainly be like, ‘All right, we need to find some answers.’ We know that we have some answers in this room and that we can win games consistently. That’s the frustrating part.”’

Wednesday’s Calgary Coverage

Flames dominate Sabres in return from NHL all-star break (Calgary Herald)
Flames’ Wolf the subject of a German documentary (Calgary Herald)
Gaudreau’s burning stick proposal seemed like a good idea at the time (Calgary Herald)
Photo gallery (Calgary Herald)
Calgary Flames win ugly over Buffalo Sabres (Calgary Sun)
New-and-improved Sven Baertschi back with Flames (Calgary Sun)
Calgary Flames young star Johnny Gaudreau shrugs off all-star bonus (Calgary Sun)
Clutch Jooris continues to contribute (
Numerology: Flames vs. Sabres (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Johnny Gaudreau stays hot after all-star break in Flames’ 4-1 win over Sabres

‘”It’s frustrating. We played 40 minutes of good hockey and came out in the third and kind of just crumbled,” Stewart said. “We did have our chances and we just have to bear down. When they got their chances they put them in. That was the difference.”‘

Calgary 4, Buffalo 1

‘”They turned it up a notch and we just couldn’t keep up,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.’

Gaudreau’s goals lead Flames past Sabres

‘”We’ve got to find ways to get out of this hole,” Buffalo right winger Brian Gionta said. “It was a good 40 minutes for us, but it shows our fragility there going into the third, losing it mentally, sitting back waiting for something bad to happen instead of initiating and trying to force things.”‘

Flames top Sabres 4-1

‘The Flames dominated the first half of the third period, and it resulted in the go-ahead goal. Josh Jooris cleaned up a broken play at the side of the Sabres net and was able to flip the puck past Enroth for his tenth goal of the season. Colborne recorded the lone assist on the score. The goal came on the tenth shot of the period for the home team, while Buffalo had just one.’

Sabres back after the break

‘Midway through the third the shots were 9-1 Calgary as the Flames showing us once again why they lead the National Hockey League in third period goals.’