Sabres cough up lead, fall 3-2 to Bruins in shoot out

‘”We barely had a chance to sit on it. We gave that one back to them at 2-1 and allowed them to make it game,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said.’

Friday’s Boston Coverage

Ryan Spooner shows touch in Bruins’ shootout win (Boston Globe)
Jonas Gustavsson cleared to play by Bruins (Boston Globe)
Bruins salvage shootout win over Sabres (Boston Herald)
Gustavsson gets the green light (Boston Herald)
Bruins Ride Hot Hands, Buckle Down For Much-Needed Win In Buffalo (NESN)
Ryan Spooner, Brad Marchand Power B’s Past Sabres In Shootout (NESN)
Defense Gets It Done In OT; Adam McQuaid Nearing Return (NESN)
Bruins rally, beat Sabres in shootout, 3-2 (CSN New England)
Spooner and Rask team up for Bruins shootout magic (CSN New England)
Julien: Bruins ‘as gritty as I’ve seen us in a long time’ (CSN New England)
Spooner excelling in shootout (CSN New England)
Bruins’ Riding Of Red-Hot Marchand, Spooner, Bergeron Sufficient For Short-Term Success (WBZ-FM)
Marchand, Spooner Help Bruins Come Back in Buffalo (BostonBruins.com)
Photo gallery (BostonBruins.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Ryan Spooner leads Bruins past Sabres 3-2 in shootout

‘The Bruins carried that momentum past the midway part of the period, and Johnson was forced to make a pair of in-tight stops on Jimmy Hayes.’

Spooner delivers as Bruins edge Sabres

‘”We barely had a chance to sit on (the lead),” Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We gave it back to them.”‘

Sam Reinhart’s shot is catching up to his hockey IQ

‘“You don’t see that very often from players at this level,” he says, “that much improvement in their game.”’

Bruins stump Sabres 3-2 in a shootout

‘Some pourous defense by the Sabres just as Boston was coming back to even strength has allowed the visitors to tie the game. Brad Marchand makes a nice play through the legs of Zach Bogosian and beats Chad Johnson on a shot the goalie should stop. 2-2 tie.’

Sabres-Bruins: From the Locker Room

‘”We had our opportunities to win, so it’s a little bit frustrating. The best thing about this league is you get another opportunity and even better, it’s against those guys in Boston in a couple days. We’re gonna prepare and refocus on playing these guys again.”‘

Murray getting ready for NHL Trade Deadline

‘”I don’t know that yet. I’m not selling today,” Murray said. “It’s going to take a lot of winning by us and a lot of losing by other teams, but you have two to three weeks to show me that we either are in contention or not, and then I’ll act accordingly at that time. When it’s time to make trades, I believe in two weeks or so it’ll be pretty clear what we should do. I don’t have the answer. I’m leaning a certain way, but I’m gonna wait to see what our players and coaching staff do between now and then to show me exactly where we are.”‘

Bruins top Sabres on Spooner’s shootout goal

‘The game made it to the shootout despite the fact both the Sabres and Bruins had power-play opportunities in overtime. The Bruins nearly won it on their power-play chance when Patrice Bergeron took a shot in front of the net, but Johnson made a highlight-reel save.’

Sabres can’t protect early lead in shootout loss to Boston

‘”Even in the end we had our opportunities to win so it’s a little bit frustrating,” Reinhart said. “The best thing about this League is you get another opportunity and even better, it’s against those guys in Boston in a couple days so we’re going to prepare and focus on playing these guys again.”‘

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Sticking with the status quo not working for Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Thursday’s Boston Coverage

Bruins-Sabres Preview (AP)
Sabres’ Johnson likely to start against Bruins (NHL.com)

Larsson’s the driving force in victory by Sabres

‘“Larsson’s been playing in a match-up role for us, playing on a line for us that’s playing against other team’s best players and he’s done a good job doing it,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “He just hasn’t been able to find the score sheet. I think tonight he was rewarded for that. Nice to see him get it and get it the right way – going to the net and being strong on his stick.”’

Reinhart quietly having a solid season

‘“I think he’s had the benefit of going under the radar a little bit,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Wednesday after his team’s morning skate. “There wasn’t a big story about Sam. There hasn’t been a big story about Sam. We’ve seen him really improve his game. He’s on pace to score what could be 20-23 goals.’

Quick hits: Sabres 4, Montreal 2

‘The Sabres are now 6-0-1 in their last seven road games against Atlantic Division opponents. It is the first time in franchise history has picked up points in seven straight divisional road games.’