Sabres hit the road feeling good after OT wins

‘“Over the past month, we’ve had opportunities to win some big games to catch teams and get back into the mix,” Bylsma said Monday. “With these last two wins and the four points in 32 hours, we get within three, four, five points.’

Sabres Notebook: Parents join trip; Preds rolling

‘“She’s liked the camaraderie of meeting other parents,” Ennis said. “My parents were always social. They enjoyed tournaments when I was a kid. Hanging out with parents, they made a lot of friends that we still have today.’

Depleted Sabres defense thrives

‘The Sabres usually balance their pairs with a lefty and righty. But injuries to three lefties – Josh Gorges, Dmitry Kulikov and Jake McCabe – forced them to use the odd defense lineup against the Canadiens.’

Tuesday’s Nashville Coverage

Predators return home with momentum, host Sabres (AP)
Game Day: Sabres vs. Preds (

Sabres’ Kulikov is almost ready to play

‘Kulikov almost got a full practice in on Monday until he got hit in the mouth with a stick. Of course he was with the trainers and couldn’t speak with us after practice so you won’t see any quotes from him. Dan Bylsma offered, “He would’ve skated with us earlier if we had been home, so he’s skated extremely hard for two days and had full contact, so we’ll see how he responds from that, but it bodes well for seeing him some time this week.” Bylsma said it’s even possible he could play Tuesday in Nashville.’

Sabres’ Kulikov nearing return to injury-plagued blue line

‘Kulikov’s effectiveness will be the major question when he finally returns — in 20 games this season the first year Sabre has only one assist and a -10 plus/minus rating. Kulikov has battled injuries almost all season, so it will be interesting to see how the 26-year-old defensemen performances this time around.’

Kulikov back at practice, may join lineup this week

‘”He would’ve skated with us earlier if we had been home on the Montreal day (Saturday) or Sunday,” Bylsma said. “He skated extremely hard those two days at home and back into practice today, full contact, so we’ll see how he responds to that but it bodes well for seeing him sometime this week.”‘

Gionta wants to get Sabres’ timeline back on track

‘“Yeah, I would have thought we were further along than we are, but situations happen,” Gionta said. “It’s a pretty fluid thing, so it’s constantly evolving.”’

Amerks’ Bailey has goals in seven straight games

‘Bailey’s streak is the longest in the American Hockey League this season. He has boosted his stats to 17 goals and 27 points in 34 games. Bailey and Rochester teammate Nick Baptiste are tied for sixth in the AHL in goals.’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Loss puts Amerks in last place (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Ho-Sang’s two goals lead Sound Tigers past Rochester (Connecticut Post)
Amerks end road trip with 3-1 loss in Bridgeport (
Birthday Boy Sends Tigers to Fourth Straight Win (

Roll the highlight film for Lehner in OT victory

‘”I really wanted to have a bounceback game today,” Lehner admitted. “We got into this building, go into overtime and we win it. That’s a great feeling. Things got a little bit bigger than they should have been. You move on with your life, look for the next game.’

Sabres Notebook: Ice time log blows up for Ristolainen

‘Asked if he felt like he had played 35 minutes, Ristolainen said, “I knew it was somewhere around 30.” Told that coach Dan Bylsma was probably going to call on him for 28-30 minutes a night as long as McCabe is injured, Ristolainen said, “It’s not my call. It’s about the coaches. I try to be ready for the game, play my best game and earn the ice time like everyone else.”‘

Quick Hits: Sabres 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)

‘Buffalo snapped a four-game winless streak away from KeyBank Center by rallying for a 3-2 overtime victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens in Bell Centre. Zach Bogosian won it with a blistering slapper at 1:48 of overtime. It was his first goal of the season.’

A position to be maintained for William Carrier

‘”It brings a lot of energy,” said Captain Brian Gionta. It plays fast and hard, it creates a lot of things in failure-before. He is a good young man who plays very well. He finishes his checks and plays hard.”‘

Sunday’s Montreal Coverage

Sabres slice into 2-1 lead in third and beat Habs 3-2 in OT (Montreal Gazette)
In the Habs’ Room: Price sharp against Sabres, but has lost 5 of last 6 starts (Montreal Gazette)
Lehner says no (Le Journal de Montreal)
“Carey gave us a big point (Le Journal de Montreal)
A position to be maintained for William Carrier (Le Journal de Montreal)
“Carey was outstanding” (Le Journal de Montreal)
Sabers snatch victory over Canadian overtime (La Presse)
Sabers overturn Canadian 3-2 overtime (CP)
Sabers take 3-2 overtime (RDS)
A lot better hockey! (RDS)
Michel Therrien satisfied with the response of his players (RDS)
Carey Price emerging from slump despite Canadiens’ loss (Sportsnet)
Lehner and Bogosian have the final word against the Canadian (Radio Canada)
A tale of two robberies (CFCF-TV)
Save-out (
Numbers Game: Sabres @ Canadiens (
Photo gallery (