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.”’

Gaudreau scores twice to lead Flames in 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.’

Gaudreau, Hiller help Flames handle Sabres

‘”If we knew the answer we would try to fix it,” Stewart said. “I wouldn’t say its lack of effort. We’ve just got to get mentally tough. You look at the last 11 games. We’ve been up in those games. We were in those games. It’s been the same story. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board. We’re going to Edmonton and it’s a must-win game.’

Sabres unable to hold off Flames’ rally

‘“[It was a] perfect road game, a good 40 minutes for us. But it shows our fragility there going into the third,” he said. “To lose it mentally, kind of sitting back, waiting for something bad to happen instead of going out and initiating and trying to force things.”’

Sabres hoping to reset into winning mode

‘“I still believe in the team we have. I believe we can play much better,” Gionta said. “The frustrating part is that we’ve shown it in the past. We just have to do it. … It’s that old cliché, you can’t get too high and you can’t get too low.”‘

Hackett, back from knee surgery, gets call-up

‘“Goaltending is basically all between the ears, right?” Hackett said at HarborCenter, joining the Sabres on Monday. “My first game back I was sweating the whole time, I was so nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. Even just thinking about, ‘oh it could happen again. I could tear it again.’ But I trust it. I trust the doctors. The mental part will come. It just takes a few games to get back into it. After the first 10 minutes you kinda forget about it and get back in the swing of things.”’

Sabres hopeful long break can help rejuvenate season

‘“The hope is to come back kind of renewed,” Gionta said. “It actually came at the right time. We were able to have a longer than normal break. We were able to get away from things, forget about some things and hopefully refresh and get a new attitude going forward.”‘

Nikita Zadorov gets stuck in Dominican Republic, suspended by Sabres

‘“What can you do?” coach Ted Nolan said after the Sabres practiced without Zadorov inside HarborCenter. “The travel conditions sometimes get in the way. That’s how it is.”‘

Tuesday’s Calgary Coverage

Tonight: Calgary Flames host the Sabres (Calgary Sun)
Gameday #48: Buffalo Sabres vs. Calgary Flames (CFAC-AM)
Sabres-Flames Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (14-30-3) at Calgary Flames (25-19-3) (The Sports Network)
Flames open six-game homestand against Sabres (NHL.com)

Sabres suspend Zadorov for missing practice

‘Zadarov had two assists in 20 minutes in the Sabres’ last game, a 6-4 loss to Detroit on Jan. 18.’