Lieuwen recalled from Amerks

‘In Rochester this season, Lieuwen has appeared in 10 games, recording a 3-4-0 record and a 3.53 goals-against average. Last season, Lieuwen ranked fourth in save percentage and tied for seventh in goals-against average among AHL netminders, respectively. He has appeared in 46 career AHL games, compiling a 21-17-4 record, a 2.59 goals-against average and a save percentage of .906.’

Sabres have a winning streak

‘Coming on the heels of Saturday’s 6-2 win over Toronto and even the 6-3 loss last Thursday in Minnesota, the moribund Buffalo offense continued its renaissance even in a game when the Sabres were outshot, 30-14.’

Sharks a bit mystified by losing streak to Sabres

‘They haven’t won in Buffalo since Dec. 2, 2005 – that’s their only win in Buffalo in 17 tries.’

Hasek was best because he was himself

‘”I was lucky to get this goalie coach (Mitch Korn) who never really tried to change my style. But sometimes it was difficult to listen to people — like my style is not good,” said Hasek, whose No. 39 will be retired Jan. 13 when the Sabres host Detroit. “I’m glad that I could prove that my style is good enough.”‘

Brian Gionta’s first goals lead Sabres past Sharks

‘Consider what transpired as the Sabres won consecutive games for the first time this season…’.

Former Sabres tough guy John Scott enjoying time with Sharks

‘Scott has made his six appearances memorable. He scored his third NHL goal in his season debut, flattened the Islanders’ Mikhail Grabovski in his second game and earned a two-game suspension for his role in a brawl in his fifth appearance.’

Wednesday’s San Jose Coverage

San Jose Sharks lose road trip finale to Buffalo Sabres 4-1 (San Jose Mercury News)
Arturs Irbe dresses for Buffalo Sabres in game against Sharks (San Jose Mercury News)
Sharks embarrassed by league-worst Sabres (CSN Bay Area)
Sharks at Sabres Infographic (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Gionta scores 2 in Sabres’ 4-1 win over Sharks

‘”It was a big relief,” said Gionta, who signed with Buffalo in free agency last summer. “It’s been a long time. It weighs on you a little bit.”‘

Sabres goalie Neuvirth injured in 1st period

‘Neuvirth was making the splits after stopping Justin Braun’s shot with 2:41 left, when Sabres teammate Tyler Ennis crashed into the goalie. Ennis knocked the puck across the crease, but the goal was disallowed because the referee ruled Braun interfered with Neuvirth.’

Sabres forward Kaleta snowed-in for game vs Sharks

‘Sabres assistant GM Mark Jakubowski and head athletic trainer Tim Macre, who also live south of Buffalo, were also unable to attend the game.’

Buffalo 4, San Jose 1

‘”We didn’t let our emotions get away from us and lose the game,” Gionta said of his team’s composure.’

Gionta scores twice in Sabres’ win

‘”You’ve got to do it yourself,” the Sabres right winger said. “It’s one of those games where you can certainly get lulled to sleep pretty quick or lose that energy. You’ve got to create from within and I thought we did a good job of that.”‘

Sabres now have two straight wins

‘This was a game where the team did the small things well throughout. Whether it was Stafford or Gionta or Flynn or Ennis or Strachan or Weber, when you go the extra mile, you can win hockey games.’

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.’