Gionta leads Sabres past Sharks; Neuvirth injured

‘“That’s one thing … they talk about Gionta’s lack of scoring before, but the one thing he has been really bringing to the forefront is his leadership, and those type of things that happen to us, he’s the first one to say, just keep going, keep going, keep going,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “That line (Gionta, Flynn and Torrey Mitchell) tonight I thought was our best line by far.”’

Irbe dresses in 1st NHL game since 2004 in Sabres victory

‘Irbe ended up signing a professional try-out contract, strapped on a pair of Enroth’s pads, put on a glove and blocker that used to belong to Ryan Miller and was given a helmet from parts unknown.’

Girgensons leading Sabres’ offensive revival

‘“It’s just a case of getting the chances,” Girgensons said Monday. “Playing with Moulson and Ennis has opened up a lot of ice and given us a lot of opportunities to score. There’s a time where you can catch the other team off their guard, a little bit flat-footed. You can really get some good opportunities that way and that’s what I’ve been doing.”’

Zadorov looks like he’ll stay put

‘The Buffalo Sabres have pretty much made the call on the 19-year-old Zadorov staying with their defense corps, as he reaches his ninth game of the season tonight against San Jose. His 10th game would be Thursday against the New York Rangers and that would kick in the first-year of his entry-level contract. “I try not to assume, but I’m more than positive he’s earned his keep,” coach Ted Nolan said after practice Monday.’

Ex-Sabre ‘Dominator’ Hasek inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

‘“I was very lucky,” Hasek said. “I was lucky to be traded from Chicago to Buffalo. I became a starting goalie, had support of the organization. Then later to play on the Detroit Red Wings team with so many Hall of Famers, I have no regrets with what I’ve done through my career.”’

Sabres finally have goal scoring and top line

‘“Those players lead the way for you,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Monday. “It took us a little while to find ours, but it looks like we got one going pretty good right now.”‘

Nikita Zadorov will stay in Buffalo

‘“He was benched and scratched at the rookie camp at Traverse City,” Nolan said. “So no one gave him the benefit of the doubt of making this team. We worked at it. We worked with him. Things are really working out.”’

Tuesday’s San Jose Coverage

Sharks-Sabres Preview (AP)
San Jose Sharks (10-8-2) at Buffalo Sabres (4-13-2) (The Sports Network)
Sabres turn back to Neuvirth against Sabres (

Hasek loved playing against the game’s best

‘Hasek said some of the best years of his life were in Buffalo because of the support from the owners, coaches and the players in the organization. He thanked people behind the scenes who “focused on the little things so we could focus on the big things.”‘

Strachan has productive night on top pair

‘“Good forwards, I guess?” he said, laughing after practice at First Niagara Center on Monday. “I think three of my four assists, I’ve probably had from my own zone so it’s not like I’m making backdoor passes. I’m getting pucks out. The point the other night, it’s a shorthanded goal.’

Stewart is still playing his favorite game

‘“It’s a job and it’s a dream job – to get paid every day to come and play a game I love,” Stewart said.’

Goalie coach helped Dominik Hasek develop into Hall of Famer during early Sabres days

‘“He said, ‘This guy’s a little unique, so just leave him alone, and if he wants your help, he’ll just come to you, just work with the other guy,’” Korn said by phone Sunday from Toronto, where he’s visiting for Hasek’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction tonight. “And that’s really how it started. I didn’t spend a great deal of time with him.”‘

None were quite like Hasek

‘It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since Hasek last stopped a puck for Buffalo. Fortunately, though, Hasek’s legend will be immortalized tonight up the QEW. His contributions to the game are worth remembering, not just for those who watched him in his prime but for today’s younger local hockey fans whose first memories of a star Sabres goalie might be Ryan Miller.’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks lose to Hamilton (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
He’s more than happy to break the pattern (Hamilton Spectator)
Amerks mount second-period comeback, but fall in overtime to ‘Dogs (
‘Dogs drop Americans in OT (

Sabres get a night of happy returns

‘By the end, the folks in blue and white were tossing their Leafs scarves and jerseys on the ice, chanting for the Toronto Raptors basketball team and deriding Toronto goaltender James Reimer.’