Sabres aren’t finished yet, knock off Coyotes

‘The Sabres took advantage of the lethargy to end a five-game winless skid and win for just the second time in 14 games.’

Sabres’ Gionta has been showing his skills lately

‘“He’s played 14 seasons, and it looks like it’s his first,” Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said. “His enthusiastic approach to the games, the way he plays, the way he competes should make all the young kids given opportunities play even harder because of that. I’m really, really impressed with Brian’s approach.”’

Tuesday’s Phoenix Coverage

Buffalo Sabres rally for win over Coyotes (Arizona Republic)
Photo gallery (Arizona Republic)
Sabres series ends, draft talk persists (Fox Sports Arizona)
Battle of the bottom tier ends in Buffalo’s favor over Coyotes: By the Numbers (KMVP-FM)
Photo gallery (PhoenixCoyotes.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Buffalo beats Arizona 4-1 in battle of NHL’s worst teams

‘The Sabres, the NHL’s lowest-scoring team, had a rare strong night on the offensive end, generating 31 shots in the first two periods against goalie Mike Smith.’

Buffalo 4, Arizona 1

‘”It started with forechecking,” said Lindback. “We were on the right side of the puck all night.”‘

Meszaros scores two more in Sabres’ win

‘”I really believe that for the last number of weeks we’ve been giving what we had to give and it’s great to see when you give it, you get rewarded for it,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “We mixed up all the line combinations and said ‘Let’s just start doing the simple things.’ Sometimes the simple things work out for you.”‘

Sabres recall G Makarov

‘The 6-foot-1, 186-pound Makarov, 21, joins the Sabres for his fourth career NHL recall after being signed by Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 2012.’

Meszaros Leads Sabres To 4-1 Win In Arizona

‘In the third, Buffalo killed off a pair of penalties by Zach Bogosian and Nikita Zadorov. Brian Gionta locked things up with a shorthanded empty-netter while Zadorov was in the box, making it 3-1. Rasmus Ristolainen added extra insurance with an empty net goal of his own at 19:17 of the final frame.’

Sabres came to play early

‘”We don’t want to be last,” said Lindback. “All these guys are here for a reason. They’re all good hockey players and winners. They want to win, that’s why you make it to this league.”‘

Meszaros scores twice again, Sabres top Coyotes

‘”I’m not sure how to explain it. Just shooting the puck I guess,” said Meszaros, who scored twice in the third period of a 5-3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. “Things are going in. Sometimes you try too hard and nothing happens, but if you just shoot it works out.’

Sabres down Arizona thanks to another pair from Meszaros

‘It’s just that it’s been the defensemen who have been putting the puck in. Seven of the past nine goals scored by the Sabres have come from Ristolainen and Meszaros. Gionta is responsible for those other two goals.’

Makarov recalled from Rochester

‘Makarov (4/20/93, 6’1″, 186 lbs) joins the Sabres for his fourth career NHL recall after being signed by Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 2012. With the Amerks this season, Makarov has played in 37 games, recording a 15-17-3 record with a .902 save percentage and 2.98 goals-against average. After joining the Amerks in March 2014, he helped the team close out its regular season by posting a 7-3-0 record, while registering a .927 save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average.’

Dreams of McDavid occupy Sabres’ Murray

‘It’s no secret the Sabres’ general manager covets the NHL’s next great prospect. Murray regularly makes the 90-minute drive from Buffalo to Erie, Pa., to watch McDavid play. Murray attended the Otters’ playoff opener Thursday rather than watch the Sabres lose to Arizona in the opening showdown of No. 30 versus No. 29.’

Offense had big night, even without Ennis

‘“We had a video session to talk about some of the things we did,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Sunday. “That was one of the lowest chances” against “games we’ve played all season long and one of the first times we outshot a team by that large of a margin. Outside of that first little bit where we made a couple costly mistakes, I thought it was a pretty good effort.”’

Lots has gone wrong for Sabres in awful season

‘Yes, the Sabres are bad. But with a little luck and some different personnel choices, they wouldn’t be in this spot.’