Quick hits: Blackhawks 5, Sabres 1

‘Buffalo announced its second straight sellout with 19,070 tickets sold. Probably one-third of the crowd was wearing Chicago jerseys.’

Sabres fall to Blackhawks, still begin bye feeling good

‘The Blackhawks, perhaps the NHL’s model franchise, hammered the Sabres for the 11th straight time (0-9-2). They haven’t beaten the Blackhawks since a home victory Dec. 11, 2009.’

Matt Moulson moving around Sabres lineup

‘The problem for Moulson has been getting out there. The three-time 30-goal scorer had averaged just 11 minutes, 40 seconds an outing and skated under 10 minutes in 16 of the last 22 games entering Sunday.’

Sabres throttled by Hawks 5-1

‘In the second period, Chicago rebounded from the late Buffalo goal, adding two of their own.’

Monday’s Chicago Coverage

Win over Sabres shows Blackhawks may not need major move at trade deadline (Chicago Tribune)
Blackhawks worse off when they get a lot of rest vs. no rest (Chicago Tribune)
Sunday’s recap: Blackhawks 5, Sabres 1 (Chicago Tribune)
Photo gallery (Chicago Tribune)
Blackhawks dominant top to bottom in rout of Sabres (Chicago Sun Times)
Hossa comfortable with third-line role as Hawks seek balance (Chicago Sun Times)
Blackhawks cruise past Sabres, 5-1 (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Kane leads Blackhawks to 5-1 win in Buffalo homecoming

‘”We did too much sitting back, playing in our own zone,” Eichel said. “We didn’t play aggressive enough. We gave them too much room and the puck ended in our net.”‘

Kane sets scoring mark as Blackhawks top Sabres

‘”We’ll forget about this one. It’s unfortunate,” Lehner said. “You know what, we’ve been playing good hockey, and we can’t get away from ourselves here for one game. After the break, it starts again. We’ve got to string games together, and I think we’re going to do that, I think we have the ability to do that and get back in the race.”‘

Sabres demote D Fedun to AHL affiliate

‘In 20 AHL games this season, Fedun had 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) and 17 penalty minutes.’

Sabres’ rebuilding efforts creating bond between veterans and youth

‘“Each player is different,” says McCabe. “Certain guys are gonna have their same role, like Eichel and Sam Reinhart, two guys that are gonna be relied upon as a top-six forward. For a lot of young guys, like myself, you have to find your role. It does change a little bit, with the coaching staff and how they expect you to play and what they see you as. You’re just trying to stick around, make the team and force their hand. When you figure out what your role is, you really have to buy into it; otherwise you’ll find yourself in the minors pretty quick.”’

Blackhawks Cruise in Buffalo 5-1

‘The win ended a three-game winning streak for Buffalo and extended Chicago’s victorious streak over the Sabres to 11 games.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Blackhawks

‘”It’s a long time away from playing, it’s a long time from being on the ice. We have to be ready coming out of the break to play our best hockey. Have a break, put your feet in the sand a little bit. But also take care of yourselves, get a workout in because it comes quick right after the break.”‘

5 Observations: Blackhawks take down Sabres 5-1

‘Whenever a goaltender allows five goals he deserves some of the blame, but he wasn’t the Sabres biggest problem on Sunday. Three of Chicago’s goals were direct results of missed assignments from Sabres skaters.’

Potential assets for the Sabres as they approach trade deadline — #3 Brian Gionta

‘If Gionta decides he wants to keep playing after this year the Sabres could do something similar to what they did with Matt Moulson — trade him and then resign him in the offseason. Making a move like this could ruffle some feathers in the locker room, and if the Sabres keep winning games it may not be a bad idea to keep Gionta around unless the return is ‘worth’ it.’

Scott Darling propels Blackhawks to victory

‘”We got beat by a good team and we got beat by one of the better teams. Yes, we’ve played a lot of games in the last 19 days and a lot in the last week here. It was a challenge and a measuring stick against a really good team. We came out on the wrong end of it.” — Sabres coach Dan Bylsma’

Sabres focus on big picture after 5-1 loss to Chicago

‘ “We’ll forget about this one,” said goalie Robin Lehner, who made 32 saves in the loss. “It’s unfortunate, a hell of a hockey club out there. We’ve got a lot to learn from a team like that, how they play and how they do things. You know what, we’ve been playing good hockey lately and we can’t get away from ourselves here for one game.”‘