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.”‘

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks defeat Binghamton to snap losing streak (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
B-Sens fall short on the road (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)
Amerks bounce back with 3-2 win over B-Sens to close out weekend (Amerks.com)
B-Sens’ winning streak halted in 3-2 loss at Rochester (BinghamtonSenators.com)

Sunday’s Chicago Coverage

Sunday’s matchup: Blackhawks at Sabres (Chicago Tribune)
Sabres host Blackhawks with playoff spot within reach (AP)
Preview: Blackhawks at Sabres (NHL.com)
Game notes: Feb. 19 at Buffalo Sabres (ChicagoBlackhawks.com)

Sabres’ winning streak starts at the top

‘During a 3-2 victory over St. Louis, those six players combined for two goals, six points and 37 saves. It’s no coincidence Buffalo won its third straight game and fourth of the last five.’

Mike Harrington: Lehner has claimed the crease

‘Lehner is 17-16-6 this season, a mediocre record borne mostly from his lack of goal support in the first half. But he’s got a 2.47 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage that ranks tied for third among NHL starters. Only Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk (.933) and Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray (.927) are better.’

Sabres Notebook: Seamless transition for Baptiste in latest recall

‘”Obviously they produce points,” Baptiste said of playing with Eichel and Kane. “I feel like I could bring speed and open up space for those guys and was fortunate enough to get to the net tonight and score.’