Sabres Notebook: Bolts endure similar injury bug

‘”When you lose players of that caliber, obviously it’s mentally tough,” coach Jon Cooper said before the game in Amalie Arena. “The big problem is guys who are still in are now playing with different linemates. Guys are continually in and out. We’ve gone through this the last few months. Get a lineup in, it’s two guys back in and two out the next game. One in, one out.’

Quick Hits: Lightning 4, Sabres 2

‘The Sabres fell to 3-11-1 in their last 15 games against Tampa Bay since the start of the 2013-14 season.’

Inside the Sabres: Midterm analysis, ‘Animal House’ style

‘Ristolainen is also the most competitive player on the Sabres. Just ask any of the teammates who’ve absorbed a crushing hit from him during practice and watched him skate away with a pleased grin.’

Friday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Lightning ends losing streak at four (Tampa Bay Times)
With Bishop back, Lightning’s Vasilevskiy ready for a break (Tampa Bay Times)
Bolts End 4-Game Skid With Win Over Sabres In Bishop’s Return (WDAE-AM)
3 Things from a win over Buffalo (TampaBayLightning.com)
Mishkin: Lightning 4, Sabres 2; highlights (TampaBayLightning.com)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)

Bishop returns, Palat gets 2 goals, Lightning top Sabres 4-2

‘”I’m not sure what it is, they’re big games for us and we keep coming out tentative,” Buffalo right wing Brian Gionta said. “Whether it’s nerves or we’re just overthinking things instead of just playing, we’ve got to find a way to get ourselves ready for big games.”‘

Lightning end skid with win over Sabres

‘”It was a tough first period in a lot of ways,” Kane said. “We got a good goal, and then PK there on some questionable calls. We gave up the 5-on-3 goal, which is tough to kill out anytime.”‘

Lightning Top Sabres 4-2

‘Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for all three Tampa Bay goals.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Lightning

‘”Same trend…we had a tough two periods to start the game. We turned it up in the third and it’s just too late. We can’t keep relying on that. We gotta come out more desparate early on.”‘

5 Observations: Lightning storm past Sabres 4-2

‘I hate that Jack Eichel spent a big chunk of Thursday’s game centering a line with Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno. Yes, Sam Reinhart and others were shuffled into the mix, but the Sabres need a new combination.’

Midseason Buffalo Sabres Report Card

‘Sometimes we forget that Ristolianen is still only 22-years-old. He’s cooled off a bit as of late but has some of the most impressive numbers for a Sabres defenseman in a long time. In 40 games Ristolainen has *27* points (3G, 24A) and a -2 plus/minus.’

Ben Bishop wins return to Lightning

‘”I thought we started working better in the third period,” Kane said. “Being aggressive. Not giving them any breakouts. That’s the way we have to play. We can’t sit back because they will take it to us.”‘

Sabres left questioning calls following loss to Tampa

‘In the third period, Kane had scored to bring the Sabres within one goal when he was called for his second, third and fourth penalties all at once, this time for a high stick against Lightning goalie Ben Bishop. Kane received two minutes for the high stick and two more for unsportsmanlike conduct in addition to a 10-minute misconduct.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ Alex Nylander works toward being great (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Martin rejoins amerks from Elmira (Amerks.com)

Sabres goaltenders are taking care of business

‘The Sabres tandem has the sixth-best save percentage in the NHL at .920. To put that in perspective, the last time the Sabres goaltenders finished with a combined save percentage above .920 was the 2009-10 season when Ryan Miller, Patrick Lalime and Jhonas Enroth combined to post a .924 save percentage.’

Sabres Notebook: An opportunity for precious points

‘”I think as you try to win hockey games and add points to your column, you’re always keeping an eye on the standings, you’re always keeping an eye on the teams ahead of you and you’re hoping they don’t get points when you are getting points,” Bylsma said.’