A thin blue line hampers Sabres

‘Scoreless and listless for more than 45 minutes, the Sabres saw their three-game winning streak go by the boards in a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets before a crowd of 18,442.’

Sabres’ Kaleta shakes off the pain with a smile

‘“Whatever I need to do to get in the lineup and help my team is what I’m going to have to do,” Kaleta said. “Hopefully once I get the base of my game down I can expand and maybe down the road help out in the penalty kill area and all that kind of fun stuff.”’

Sabres’ Andrej Meszaros explains his weak reply to hit

‘“I was looking at the referee,” he said. “I wanted to make sure if there’s a power play or not. I kind of went there and kind of cross-checked him, didn’t want to jump in that hard, so I knew we were going to have a power play. We were down.”’

Sabres’ Chris Stewart finally ends long goal slump; Tyler Myers a surprise scratch

‘Stewart, a two-time 28-goal scorer, has arguably been the Sabres’ biggest disappointment this season, compiling just two goals and three points in 22 games.’

Thursday’s Winnipeg Coverage

Jets drop dull Sabres (Winnipeg Sun)
Anthony Peluso gets into Winnipeg Jets lineup with Mathieu Perreault on shelf (Winnipeg Sun)
Ugly still worth two points (Winnipeg Free Press)
Little making huge contribution (Winnipeg Free Press)
Infographic – Jets vs Sabres (WinnipegJets.com)
Photo gallery (WinnipegJets.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Little, Frolik lead Jets to 2-1 win over Sabres

‘”That first period and a half or so, I thought our hands were handling that puck like a grenade,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “It just kept bouncing and bouncing. That third period, we played the way we have to in order to be successful.”‘

Winnipeg 2, Buffalo 1

‘Chris Stewart scored in the third period and Jhonas Enroth stopped 24 shots for Buffalo, which had its win streak snapped at three games.’

Jets continue winning ways on road in Buffalo

‘Right winger Chris Stewart scored for the Sabres (6-14-2), who were sluggish and saw a three-game winning streak come to an end. Enroth made 24 saves.’

Sabres fall to Winnipeg 2-1

‘The Sabres played a “twenty minute game” and it cost them.’

Sabres Fall to Jets 2-1

‘The second period started much like the first one ended, a lot of neutral zone play and not too many quality chances. The lone spark coming about halfway through the stanza as Mike Weber dropped the gloves with Anthony Peluso as the two scrapped along the boards.’

Sabres succumb to Jets’ special teams

‘Little now has 20 points (9+11) in 23 career games against the Sabres. Martin Frolik scored shorthanded to give the Jets a 2-0 lead 5:40 into the second and Sabres forward Chris Stewart brought the Sabres within striking distance when he scored his second of the season 5:30 into the third.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Grand Rapids’ Mark Zengerle enjoys time with folks in Gates (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Griffins notch 3-1 over Rochester, rematch set for Friday night (Grand Rapids Press)
Rocky times continue in Roch; Amerks lose 3-1 to Griffins (WGR-AM)
Lieuwen stops 34 shots as Amerks fall to Grand Rapids (Amerks.com)
Griffins top Amerks (GriffinsHockey.com)

Sabres building confidence

‘“It’s not a one-off win. It’s something we built,” Strachan said. “We built it on good fundamentals and bought into the system – and get a few wins under your belt, now you have that confidence you can do it night in, night out.”’

Gorges hopes for return for the Habs

‘“Obviously I’m pushing to be back as soon as possible, and I’m hoping this weekend for a bunch of different reasons, but right now it’s a day at a time,” Gorges said. “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow, and we’ll go for the next day. I’m ahead of schedule, but I’m not there yet.”’

Sabres’ Torrey Mitchell enjoying best stretch in years

‘Mitchell and his wingers, Brian Flynn and captain Brian Gionta, have all been good recently. The trio has quietly become the No. 2 line and helped buoy the Sabres to a three-game winning streak. The team hasn’t won four consecutive games since a five-game streak in March 2012.’