Sabres recall Varone and Dalpe

‘Dalpe (6’1”, 195 lbs., 11/1/89) joins the Sabres for the second time this season since signing with the club in July 2014. With Rochester, Dalpe currently leads the team in goals (16) and has collected 28 points in 44 games played this season.’

Patching up for the stretch

‘For the Blackhawks to still be playing when Kane gets healthy, they’ll need help at forward. Former first-round pick Teuvo Teravainen is the short-term answer, but the 20-year-old has just two goals and four points in 18 NHL games. Kane’s injury could force the Blackhawks to look toward Buffalo forward Chris Stewart. Chicago, which is regularly near the salary cap, would prefer a pending unrestricted free agent like Stewart to avoid monetary problems next season.’

His scoring touch revived, Dalpe heading to Sabres

‘In other words, Dalpe is the player the organization expected him to be all along. He was signed as a free agent in July to spearhead the Amerks offense while at the same time providing depth for Sabres.’

Former Sabres prospect Alex Biega living NHL dream with Canucks

‘“You kind of have to stop and look up once in a while and realize that you’re living your dream and you’re making it happen,” Biega said. “In that sense, it’s been great, and it’s definitely been something I’ve been enjoying every day.”’

Thursday’s Vancouver Coverage

Canucks-Sabres Preview (AP)
Vancouver Canucks (35-22-3) at Buffalo Sabres (18-38-5) (The Sports Network)
Injury-riddled Canucks meet shorthanded Sabres (NHL.com)
Game 61: Canucks at Sabres (02.26.15) (Canucks.com)

NHL fines Sabres goalie Neuvirth for diving vs Predators

‘The punishment came after the league’s Hockey Operations Department reviewed an interference penalty called against Nashville’s Mike Santorelli early in the second period of the Predators’ 2-1 shootout win.’

Sabres reassign D McCabe

‘The 6-foot, 195-pound McCabe joined the Sabres on Sunday for his second career recall and his first of the season. In 49 games with Rochester, he has recorded 25 points (four goals, 21 assists). The native of Eau Claire, Wis., was drafted in the second round (44th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.’

Sabres G Neuvirth fined for diving

‘Neuvirth will be forced to pay $2,000 because it was his second similar incident this season. The league previously issued him a warning after a Nov. 15 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

His scoring touch revived, Dalpe heading to Sabres (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Syracuse Crunch rally falls short as Rochester claims 4-3 win (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Hackett strong in back to back Amerks wins (WGR-AM)
Amerks hold off late comeback from Crunch for 4-3 win (Amerks.com)
Amerks survive Crunch comeback, 4-3 (SyracuseCrunch.com)

Sabres defeat Blue Jackets, 4-2

‘Winger Tyler Ennis (lower body) is potentially out for a few days. But the word on center Zemgus Girgensons does not seem to be good. Girgensons took a direct hit to his right foot blocking a howitzer by Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski midway through the second period.’

Penalty killers climb out of basement

‘Certainly, the work of goaltender Michal Neuvirth is a major factor in the improvement. So is the physicality of newly acquired defenseman Zach Bogosian. But the Sabres have shown more aggressiveness as opponents advance up the ice and once they set up in the offensive zone, and have flashed more active sticks and more jumps into shot lanes as well.’

Wednesday’s Columbus Coverage

Forsberg struggles in net (Columbus Dispatch)
It’s no secret now … Blue Jackets will be sellers (Columbus Dispatch)
Wisniewski being shopped around (Columbus Dispatch)
Photo gallery (Columbus Dispatch)
Blue Jackets in need of some surgical buttressing (Fox Sports Ohio)
Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 4-2 loss to the Sabres (Fox Sports Ohio)
Neuvirth makes 45 saves, Sabres down Blue Jackets (BlueJackets.com)
Photo gallery (BlueJackets.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Girgensons powers Sabres’ rare burst in 4-2 win over CBJ

‘Cody Hodgson, Mark Pysyk and Chris Stewart also scored for the offense-starved Sabres, who had gotten just one goal in five of their previous six games. They hadn’t had as many as four goals in their last 13 games.’

Buffalo 4, Columbus 2

‘Neuvirth upheld the lead with 18 saves over the final 20 minutes. “Always focusing on the next shot. Always in my head, playing the game like it’s 0-0,” Neuvirth said of his mindset.’

Sabres earn rare win over Blue Jackets

‘”The guys had jump, Nolan said. “They wanted to go for the net, they wanted to attack.”‘