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.’

Sabres’ Carlo Colaiacovo grateful for opportunity

‘“To have been in the league for so long and to have been through a lot of what I’ve been through, seen what I’ve seen, I really just appreciate every day that I can take, because you never know when it’s going to end,” Colaiacovo said Friday prior to the Sabres’ 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.’

Sabres snap 6-game losing streak, top Canes 4-1

‘“We’ve gotten a lot better looks than that. We weren’t at our best. But now we got a break with the puck and score a goal,” he said.’

Saturday’s Carolina Coverage

Canes fall in Buffalo, 4-1 (WRAL-TV)
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Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Sabres snap skid with 4-1 win over Hurricanes

‘Chad Johnson made 27 saves and Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta and David Legwand also scored for Buffalo. Jamie McGinn had two assists and the Sabres had lost their last four home games.’

Eichel, Sabres end skid with win over ‘Canes

‘”It’s nice to get a win here and get us back on track,” Eichel said. “I think we can build off that and hopefully get going in the right direction.”‘

Sabres snap losing streak, defeat Carolina 4-1

‘Tyler Ennis remains out of the lineup for the blue and gold. He was a surprise scratch last game due to an upper-bidy injury. Head coach Dan Byslma said after the game on Wednesday that this is something new that the veteran forward is dealing with. Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian are dealing with ailments of their own, he told the media assembled this morning that both will be game time decisions.’

Sabres-Hurricanes: From the Locker Room

‘”I’d like to think that penalty kill was real big for us. It’s a 1-1 game and our PK comes up with a big one and we’re able to find a goal. Then we find another one, [Gionta’s] able to get one before the end of the period and build some momentum off those two going to the 3rd. It’s a lot better when you’re playing with a lead. I think it made the game a little big easier on us.”‘

Sabres defeat Hurricanes, end six-game losing streak

‘”I thought that was the turning point in the game,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “We got the goal in the first period, but it was more of a lucky bounce and a lucky break for us to get the lead. The turning point in the game was the penalty kill there. They had the opportunity on the power play, we come up with a big kill, and momentarily after that, Jack intercepts the puck in the neutral zone, scores that goal for us. It’s a big goal, and I thought after that play, after that penalty kill, after that goal, the game changed for us.”‘

Sabres snap winless streak with victory over Hurricanes

‘The Sabres are now 7-1-0 this season when leading after two periods.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

After family heartache, Robak rebounds for Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Photo gallery (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
IceCaps go past regulation again, lose 4-3 to Rochester in a shootout (St. John’s Telegram)
Amerks rally late for 4-3 shootout win over IceCaps (
Americans edge IceCaps in shootout (