Bounces are finally starting to go the Sabres’ way

‘”It’s confidence booster,” forward Jamie McGinn said. “That’s exactly what we needed. We went through a stretch there where we scored only one goal or two. We needed those breakout games and win by more than one goal.’

Legwand is making noise for Sabres as he returns to his longtime home

‘”He’s a veteran presence on our bench, in our locker room and for our guys,” Bylsma said. “He’s the guy who’s saying it right and most often for our group. He’s factored into the score sheet here recently, gotten on there and played really well.”‘

Quick hits: Sabres 4, Predators 1

‘Buffalo hadn’t scored multiple goals on a power play since April 9, 2011, versus Columbus.’

Sunday’s Nashville Coverage

Predators can’t solve scoring woes vs. Sabres (Nashville Tennessean)
Predators’ Juuse Saros plays well in NHL debut (Nashville Tennessean)
Photo gallery (Nashville Tennessean)
Saros Makes NHL Debut, Preds Fall to Sabres (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Reinhart scores 2 goals, Sabres beat Predators 4-1

‘”Critical,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “We’ve had the power-play situation before recently and it’s been at critical times. I’m not sure that was the prettiest two goals on a five-minute major, but we got pucks there.”‘

Sabres use power play to overtake Predators

‘Colaiacovo wound up in the hospital, diagnosed with a dented trachea, according to Bylsma. It’s not known whether Colaiacovo will have to miss games.’

Reinhart Scores Twice in 4-1 Win Over Preds

‘The Sabres took the lead in the 2nd with two goals on the same 5-minute power play. Viktor Arvidsson used his stick to ram Carlo Colaiacovo in the throat and was awarded a major penalty and game misconduct. Jamie McGinn and Reinhart took advantage, scoring 3:04 apart.’

Reinhart scores twice in Sabres win against Predators

‘”For us to score goals now and get rewarded for the hard work that we’ve been putting in in the last bunch of games here, it’s nice to see the guys have some smiles on their face and to know that we’re getting rewarded,” Johnson said. “Personally, I’m doing the same thing I have from the start. We’re getting the bounces now and we’re getting the puck in the net, so that’s going to lead to wins.”‘

Reinhart’s two goals lead Sabres to win over Predators

‘“It was nice,” Reinhart said. “Most importantly, we were able to stick with it at the end and get the win but I felt that the last couple games, the chances have been there so it’s nice to see a couple go in.”’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks come out firing in win (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
D’Amigo scores as Rochester holds off B-Sens (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)
Amerks extend winning streak with 6-5 win over B-Sens (
B-Sens Rally Falls Just Short (

Saturday’s Nashville Coverage

Sabres-Predators Preview (AP)
Predators host Sabres to open homestand (
Gameday: Sabres vs. Preds (

Gionta finally finds the range

‘“You look over the course of the past 5-6 games, he’s probably had more scoring chances than anybody on this team,” said defenseman and longtime Gionta teammate Josh Gorges, who opened the scoring with his first goal as a Sabre in the first period. “He’s there, he’s getting the opportunties … Tonight it was great to see him get that one, feel a little bit looser, not grip the stick and go out there and play.”’

Eichel knows Hanifin, and vice versa

‘“Yeah, we’re both young but I think both of us have trained our whole lives for this opportunity, to be in this situation,” Eichel said.’

Quick Hits: Sabres 4, Hurricanes 1

‘The Sabres are 8-8 against the Eastern Conference this season but just 1-4-2 against the West. They also struggled to score in the six-game slide, collecting just seven goals. They hit three Friday for the first time since their Nov. 12 win at Florida.’

Jack Eichel and Brian Gionta help Sabres down Hurricanes

‘The goal, however, didn’t seal a game in which the Sabres had been thoroughly outplayed before Eichel scored. The dagger came at 19:37, when Sabres captain Brian Gionta, whose turnover near his own net earlier in the period created Victor Rask’s tying goal, scored just his second goal in 20 games this season.’