Jakub Vrana scores first NHL goal in win for Capitals

‘”The special teams part of it is frustrating,” Sabres defenseman Cody Franson said. “You give teams like Washington chances on the power play, they did a good a job for the most part, but the small chances we did give them they were able to capitalize.”‘

Special teams proves the difference in loss to Caps

‘”We knew going into the game that was going to be a big factor, a big key in the game, special teams,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “Our power play had opportunities to get us back in the game and wasn’t able to do that.”‘

Burgdoerfer: My First NHL Road Trip

‘I knew a little bit about the injury situation in Buffalo, so my heart rate spiked a bit when my phone rang on Sunday and I saw it was Dan Lambert, our coach in Rochester. All of a sudden, I just became very anxious waiting for the words to come out. Once they did, I didn’t have much time to process it.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks fall on road to Lehigh Valley (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Phantoms start homestand with 4-3 win over Amerks (Allentown Morning Call)
Amerks Drop First Of Two To Phantoms (Amerks.com)
Phantoms Claim Chippy Front End of Weekend Series with Rochester (PhantomsHockey.com)

Sabres’ Kane is scoring, but ‘rotten’ penalties have to go

‘“The type of penalties are more the discussion point than the penalties,” Bylsma said in KeyBank Center. “Evander is an aggressive guy, a physical guy, and we want him to be and need him to be. If he’s taking penalties being aggressive and being physical, then that’s one we’ll kill.’

Sabres Notebook: Kulikov, Gorges may return; Deslauriers practices

‘Kulikov is almost a certainty to play against the Capitals, followed in odds by Gorges and Deslauriers.’

Versatile Jake McCabe Sabres’ ‘Swiss Army Knife’

‘“We joked around, called him ‘The Swiss Army Knife,’” center Ryan O’Reilly said Thursday after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s tilt against the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center. “He does everything well. He’s tough to play against. He’s good offensively. He’s good defensively.”’

Sabres’ Josh Gorges close to returning from foot fracture

‘“Testing it out, seeing how it feels,” Gorges said inside KeyBank Center. “When it’s in your boot, it’s not much different than being in your skate. The boot will act to hold everything together.”’

Friday’s Washington Coverage

Capitals looking for consistency in Buffalo (AP)
Preview: Capitals at Sabres (NHL.com)
Caps Have Friday Night Date with Sabres in Buffalo (WashingtonCaps.com)

Three Sabres return to practice on Thursday

‘Head coach Dan Bylsma said Kuilkov could play on Friday night against the Washington Capitals, and Kulikov feels good enough to return to the lineup. Kulikov has been held pointless in 12 games played this season with six shots on goal and a minus-4 rating.’

Sabres slowly, but surely, getting healthy

‘Earlier in the week Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Josh Gorges would miss “weeks” with a foot injury after blocking a shot — but he may be back sooner than originally thought.’

Gorges, Deslauriers return to practice

‘Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said that Kulikov and Gorges are both possibilities to rejoin the lineup when the team hosts Washington at KeyBank Center on Friday night. He said that Deslauriers is “close” to being game-ready, but added that he had not yet seen a post-practice report.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks Sign Vaive To AHL Contract (Amerks.com)

Mike Harrington: It’s time for Sabres to go with the hot hand in net

‘What the Sabres do have, however, is a brewing dilemma. And it grows with each win Nilsson piles up and each loss to Lehner adds to his total. The team was off Wednesday and that provided plenty of time to study the net numbers. They’re pretty interesting, to say the least.’

Minute-hogging Ristolainen finds time to score winner

‘Along with the clang of iron and the roar of the fans, Ristolainen’s excited shout and sigh of relief were audible. He had skated for 694 minutes, 7 seconds without scoring. That’s more than 11 days of ice time. Only three players in the NHL (Dustin Byfuglien, Erik Karlsson and Duncan Keith) have skated more.’