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.”‘

Neuvirth Shines Again in 4-2 Win

‘Girgensons took a shot off his foot/ankle area in the second period and fell to the ice in obvious pain. Helped off by his teammates, Girgensons headed to the dressing room and did not return. Ennis, meanwhile, was not on the Buffalo bench to start the third period.’

It’s another edition of Foligno vs Foligno

‘Marcus finished with 19:05 of ice time, second-most among Buffalo forwards after Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis went down. He finished with the one assist on Mark Pysyk’s goal with one shot on net and three hits. His brother, Nick, had almost identical playing time — 19:13 — on 22 shifts with three shots and three hits.’

Should Murray be willing to ‘go downstairs’?

‘If Murray tells Nolan to play Lindback over Neuvirth, surely that doesn’t sit well with Nolan. Well, welcome to the world. We all have bosses and while we might think we know more than they do from our view in the trenches, they get to tell us whatever they want. Are we really supposed to think that general managers — or even owners — haven’t told coaches things like this? Let’s not be naive.’

Neuvirth makes 45 saves, Sabres down Blue Jackets

‘The Sabres entered the game averaging an NHL-low 1.7 goals-per-game and had scored one goal in five of their past six games, but pounced on Forsberg, who made 27 saves in his fifth NHL game.’

Girgensons, Ennis injured in win over Columbus

‘The team will wait for further evaluations on each player. Nolan is concerned that Girgensons’ injury could be season-ending, but is waiting for official word. He said Ennis could miss anywhere from a few days to a week.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Justin Kea makes a point without scoring in Amerks’ win (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Lake Erie Monsters schooled by Rochester Americans, 5-1 (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Amerks end skid with 5-1 win over Monsters (
Monsters Fall To Rochester 5-1 (

Zadorov is sorry, but may sit some more

‘“It was my mistake 100 percent,” Zadorov said in First Niagara Center. “No excuses. I couldn’t do that. I spoke with the team, said, ‘I’m sorry boys, don’t want to lose your trust.’’

Extra work helping Neuvirth play well

‘“It’s good to get in there and get in a routine to play every other day,” Neuvirth said. “It’s a big opportunity. I’ve done it before in Washington, but it was a long time ago. This time I’ve got an opportunity here and I’m going to bring my best effort every night.”’

Sabres’ patience with Nikita Zadorov could be wearing thin

‘“I just feel sorry this happened. … I couldn’t do that,” Zadorov said. “It was my mistake, 100 percent, no excuses, couldn’t do that. I spoke with the team, I said, ‘I’m sorry, boys. I don’t want to lose your trust.’ It’s all about the team. I just want to get back as soon as I can and help the team.”’

Tuesday’s Columbus Coverage

Blue Jackets, Sabres at a glance (Columbus Dispatch)
Blue Jackets’ probable lines (Columbus Dispatch)
Sabres’ probable lines (Columbus Dispatch)
Sabres-Blue Jackets Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (17-38-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (26-28-4) (The Sports Network)
Sabres stick with Neuvirth as they face Blue Jackets (
Game Day: Blue Jackets vs. Sabres (

Sabres rookie defenseman Zadorov apologetic for sleeping in

‘Coach Ted Nolan called Zadorov’s transgression “a minor thing,” and yet he still won’t say if the player will return to the lineup for Buffalo’s game at Columbus on Tuesday.’

Sabres’ Zadorov takes full responsibility

‘When it’s all said and done and you look at the big picture, Nolan isn’t too worried about Zadorov, “He’s a great kid, just sometimes it takes a little time, we have to take into account his age and where he came from, a different country, a different environment, so it just takes some time sometimes.”’