Sabres hope they’ve bottomed out with season over

”’It’s pretty embarrassing.” Stafford said Monday, upon joining his teammates in cleaning out their lockers. ”And it’s something that you don’t want to have to deal with ever again.”’

Sabres Weber says ”The joke’s over”

‘You can take criticism when it’s warranted. Weber added, “Sometimes it’s fuel, sometimes it’s discouraging, especially during certain stretches of this season, you felt like you didn’t have too much support, but in the end, our fans are always there for us too. Last night, another close to a sellout, they’re still here, they’re still supporting us and the great thing about these people is they’re so passionate about their hockey. You can never be too hard on the fans for being hard on you when they just want you to work hard, just want you to succeed and want the city to succeed so, it’s one of those things that comes with the job and you keep moving forward.”.

What’s one more loss?

‘They’ll probably lose the draft lottery. Previous losers have really taken their lumps over the years. Consider the fates of these teams that were stuck with these awful players….’.

Sabres clean out lockers

‘Jhonas Enroth has a sprained MCL. Enroth is progressing and hopes to be with Team Sweden in May as they try to defend their World Championship.’

Sorrowful Sabres limp to finish line with shootout loss

‘The teams went out swinging with three fights. New York’s Justin Johnson flattened Buffalo’s John Scott, the Isles’ Brett Gallant earned a decision over Zenon Konopka, and the Sabres’ Nicolas Deslauriers earned a standing ovation with an annihilation of Scott Mayfield immediately after they left the box for roughing each other.’

Dredging up memories of a season to forget

‘Now, I fully expect the Sabres to be terrible in the standings again next year. But I’m quite confident we will never see six months of this kind of insanity get repeated.’

Home start gives Knapp one to grow on

‘Knapp went from the ECHL to the NHL in the span of a month.’

Sabres’ Ville Leino uncertain about future after goalless season

‘“That’s why it’s so important this summer that we come back with a whole different attitude and a whole different change and try to get this thing turned around,” he said, “because if there’s fans that deserve a championship, this is the town.”‘

Sabres goalie Connor Knapp on first NHL start: ‘Quite a moment in my life’

‘“It’s crazy,” the 23-year-old told a throng of cameras and reporters after making 22 saves in the Sabres’ season finale Sunday. “I grew up watching Dominik Hasek play here. I used to watch Ryan Miller and Marty Biron practice with the Amerks and then play with Buffalo. It’s surreal, to be honest. Quite a moment in my life.”’

Monday’s New York Coverage

Islanders beat Sabres, end season with three straight victories (Newsday)
Photo gallery (Newsday)
Islanders top Sabres in season-ending shootout (NewYorkIslanders.com)
The Skinny: Islanders 4, Sabres 3 (SO) (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Photo gallery (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Nelson seals Isles 4-3 SO win over Sabres

‘Anders Nilsson stopped 36 shots through overtime and all three he faced in the shootout. Nilsson clinched the victory by using his glove to sweep away a puck that got away from Ville Leino as he drove to the net.’

NY Islanders 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)

‘Jamie McBain, Torrey Mitchell and Matt Ellis scored for the Sabres (21-51-10), who lost their last seven games of the season to finish dead last in the NHL. Knapp stopped 22 shots in his first NHL start.’

Isles top Sabres on Nelson’s shootout goal

‘Defenseman Jamie McBain, left winger Matt Ellis and center Torrey Mitchell scored for the Sabres, who gave up a 2-0 lead. Knapp made 22 saves.’

Sabres’ Season Ends With 4-3 SO Loss to Islanders

‘Brock Nelson tied the score for the Islanders in the final period and recorded the lone goal in the shootout, beating Connor Knapp with a wristshot. Ville Leino had a chance to extend the shootout for Buffalo, but was denied by Anders Nilsson. Despite the crowd urging him, Leino was also held without a goal during regluation and overtime and finishes with zero for the season.’

Sabres Knapp gets his first NHL start

‘I think the Sabres as an organization have to be happy with what they saw out of Knapp. As he said in Boston on Saturday, he still has to prove he can play regularly in the AHL, but I think his performance keeps him around in the organization for next year.’