Sabres place Girgensons on IR, call up Bailey from minors

‘Bailey is also enjoying a stretch in which he has five goals and six assists in his past eight games.’

Sabres show heart in defeat

‘“We’re down 4-0 and we battled,” said captain Brian Gionta. “We never gave up in that game, so that’s a huge sign to me. We battled back, got within two, had a couple more chances, had some momentum going. It’s 4-2 and that fifth goal for them was tough. But in light of how things started, we kept going and that’s good to see.”’

Williamsville’s Bailey joins big club

‘Assuming he makes his debut Thursday, Bailey would become the fourth Buffalo-area native to play for the Sabres and join a short list that includes current Rochester teammate Patrick Kaleta, Tim Kennedy and Scott Thomas. Former Nichols School star Peter Ciavaglia, who played five games for the Sabres in the early 1990s, was born in Albany.’

Sabres recall Williamsville’s Justin Bailey

‘The 6-foot-4, 206-pound Bailey, 20, could make his NHL debut in Thursday’s road game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said earlier today winger Zemgus Girgensons and center Johan Larsson, who both missed Tuesday’s 7-4 loss to Florida, were questionable for the Flyers. Neither player practiced today.’

Sabres send F Girgensons to IR

‘Girgensons sat out the Sabres’ 7-4 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night with an upper-body injury that he suffered in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.’

Sabres recall F Bailey

‘Through the first 47 games of his professional career, Bailey ranks second among Rochester skaters in goals (10) and fourth in points (23), and leads the team with 104 shots.’

Sabres call up Bailey

‘Bailey found out the news during practice. He said, “We were just doing drills and Cunney called me over and pulled over Tails and they just kind of told me that you’re going up. There was a little bit of disbelief at first, but I was excited and looking forward to it.”’

Sabres’ Ristolainen feels he must get better with everything

‘“I at times think Rasmus is trying to do too much with his puck play and needs to be a little more simpler.”’

Similar to Sabres, Leafs making wily chess moves

‘The Leafs, who are neck-and-neck with the Sabres and a couple of other teams at the bottom of the NHL standings with two months to go, haven’t yet landed the whales of Eichel or Ryan O’Reilly. But by clearing what now appears to be an incredible $29M in cap space for next season — and by being Toronto — the Leafs are in position to do almost whatever they damn well please.’

WNY native Bailey to make Sabres, NHL debut

‘The 20-year-old has ten goals on the season for the Amerks, which is good for second on the team. He’s fourth in points with 23. He’s scored five goals and six assists in the past eight games.’

BAILEY RECALLED FROM ROCHESTER; GIRGENSONS PLACED ON IR

‘Bailey, a Buffalo native, has adapted well to the American Hockey League in his first professional season, ranking second on the Rochester Americans in goals (10) and fourth in points (23). He’s scored 11 points (5+6) in his last eight games alone.’

Sabres fight for their dignity but get ripped by Panthers

‘“I mean that was an embarrassing effort to have at home,” Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges said. “It’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable. … There’s nothing that we can say this was the reason or that was the reason. Just flat out not good enough to start the game.”’

Big trade is way for Leafs to make a run at Stamkos

‘The legitimate concern here is the Sabres have most of their future core in Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, Ryan O’Reilly, Evander Kane, Rasmus Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian and Robin Lehner. It’s one reason why entering Tuesday just one point up on the Leafs – and just one point out of the NHL basement – rates as an abject disappointment.’

Campbell has gotten better with age

‘“I feel good,” Campbell said Tuesday before a 7-4 victory over the Sabres. “I’ve felt better this year than I have in the last couple years. Nothing’s really changing. I feel like I can get the job done and keep going. I’m having a lot of fun with it.”’

Quick Hits: Florida 7, Sabres 4

‘The Sabres dug themselves a deep hole with poor defense and never could recover. Florida scored three goals in the first period and added a fourth just 22 seconds into the second to build a 4-0 lead and chase starting goaltender Robin Lehner from the net.’