Jagr makes Florida debut in Panthers’ win over Sabres

‘The Sabres scored two goals on their first three shots. Hodgson opened the scoring with a shot from the top of the left circle that got past Luongo on the stick side 2:57 in. Meszaros took a soft shot from above the left circle that went five-hole on Luongo at 7:18.’

Sabres farmhand Pysyk collapses during pickup basketball

‘The Americans said Pysyk was being evaluated at the hospital.’

Florida 5, Buffalo 3

‘”Against a team like Buffalo who hasn’t had the best year, those are games you gotta win,” said Upshall.’

Jagr makes presence felt in Panthers’ win

‘Center Cody Hodgson had a goal and an assist for Buffalo (19-39-5), and defenseman Andrej Meszaros and center Torrey Mitchell also scored.’

Sabres’ Pysyk out of hospital after collapsing

‘Pysyk, 23, was released from the hospital after several hours, and Sabres coach Ted Nolan said, “It seems everything is OK and that’s a great thing.”‘

Florida Storms Back to Beat Sabres 5-3

‘After giving up the first six shots of the third period, the Sabres did manage to put some pressure on Roberto Luongo, though their best chance came on a Nic Deslaurier one timer that was fired wide. Buffalo would would tie the game up just a few minutes later as Torrey Mitchell scored his third goal in two games knotting up the score at 3. That would be short-lived however, as Scottie Upshall threw one past Neuvirth to put the Cats back up by a goal.’

Gameday: Panthers Take Down Sabres 5-3

‘Some nice passing by the Sabres allows Torrey Mitchell to slide the puck underneath the goaltender and even this game at three. Matt Moulson made the pass, he has been playing bery well as of late since this line, along with Brian Gionta was put together.’

Pysyk has made it clear he belongs in Buffalo

‘“I have high expectations,” the Sabres’ GM said. “We want him to continue to not just play well and play safe, but to do more. That’s been the message. If you watched his games he’s played in this (last) callup, he’s done that. He’s gotten up in the play.”’

Pirri scores twice, Panthers top Sabres in Jagr’s debut

‘”Michal’s been playing great for us,” Nolan said. “He stops the shots he should and some he shouldn’t. He gave us a chance.”‘

Power-play chances push Panthers past Sabres

‘Our discipline wasn’t there tonight,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.’

NHL trade market sizzles as deadline looms

‘For Sabres players, it’s almost a cruel twist of fate that the trade deadline is coinciding with their hottest stretch since December. They’re finally winning and enjoying themselves, and the roster is likely to disintegrate.’

Pysyk sent down despite Nolan’s lobbying

‘With Zadorov out of healthy-scratch exile and Strachan back at practice, the demotion can be justified. However, it still gives further credence to the theories that Buffalo is tanking and Nolan has philosophical differences with General Manager Tim Murray.’

Sabres’ Torrey Mitchell thriving, knows he could be traded

‘“I’m a UFA, so as a UFA it crosses your mind,” Mitchell said Friday inside the First Niagara Center about getting traded. “Those are the guys most likely to get moved. I haven’t let it affect my day-to-day preparation, my attitude at the rink.”’

Sabres send Mark Pysyk to Amerks

‘Underachieving veterans have been playing instead of Pysyk most of this season. He practiced Friday in Buffalo before skating for the Americans hours later.’

Saturday’s Florida Coverage

Preview: Panthers vs. Sabres, 3 p.m., Saturday (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Sabres-Panthers Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (19-38-5) at Florida Panthers (26-22-13) (The Sports Network)
Jagr expected to debut with Panthers against Sabres (NHL.com)
GameDay Growl Feb. 28 vs. Buffalo Sabres (FloridaPanthers.com)