Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Grand Rapids’ Mark Zengerle enjoys time with folks in Gates (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Griffins notch 3-1 over Rochester, rematch set for Friday night (Grand Rapids Press)
Rocky times continue in Roch; Amerks lose 3-1 to Griffins (WGR-AM)
Lieuwen stops 34 shots as Amerks fall to Grand Rapids (
Griffins top Amerks (

Sabres building confidence

‘“It’s not a one-off win. It’s something we built,” Strachan said. “We built it on good fundamentals and bought into the system – and get a few wins under your belt, now you have that confidence you can do it night in, night out.”’

Gorges hopes for return for the Habs

‘“Obviously I’m pushing to be back as soon as possible, and I’m hoping this weekend for a bunch of different reasons, but right now it’s a day at a time,” Gorges said. “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow, and we’ll go for the next day. I’m ahead of schedule, but I’m not there yet.”’

Sabres’ Torrey Mitchell enjoying best stretch in years

‘Mitchell and his wingers, Brian Flynn and captain Brian Gionta, have all been good recently. The trio has quietly become the No. 2 line and helped buoy the Sabres to a three-game winning streak. The team hasn’t won four consecutive games since a five-game streak in March 2012.’

Sabres could use Patrick Kaleta at center

‘“He’s been waiting to get in,” Nolan said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “So we’ll maybe see how that works.”’

Wednesday’s Winnipeg Coverage

Tonight: Jets @ Sabres (Winnipeg Free Press)
Jets-Sabres Preview (AP)
Winnipeg Jets (11-9-3) at Buffalo Sabres (6-13-2) (The Sports Network)
Sabres aim to extend win streak against Jets (

Gorges returns to practice

‘“As a player and as a competitor, you want to be out there. There’s nothing worse than sitting on the sidelines, watching your team go to battle without you,” he said. “To be able to go out there and get back into practice and do some drills – and just be out there with the guys – was encouraging for myself and we’ll push forward and push for tomorrow. We’ll see how things go then.”’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Leduc adapting to role at forward (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Sabres’ Mitchell earns his way to center stage

‘“Everything comes from how he works,” said captain Brian Gionta, who plays on Mitchell’s right side while Brian Flynn skates on the left. “He’s good all over the ice, whether it’s D-zone or not. The night against San Jose, he’s making good plays in the D-zone and it leads to a two-on-one for a goal.’

Hodgson, Myers have fond Quinn memories

‘“I just developed a lot of respect for him, the way he developed us coaching and the way he handled the players in the room,” Myers said. “Pat was a huge influence in the hockey world, a major icon. His passing, I’m sure, is going to affect a lot of people.”’

Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth making strong bid to regain No. 1 job

‘“Last game was almost like a statement game,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Monday. “He really wanted to get in there. He wanted to do something well, and he certainly did.”‘

Sabres have special memories of Pat Quinn; Michal Neuvirth ready to return

‘“He was a big reason why we were the last Canadian team to win,” Ennis said. “He was really nice to us young kids who were all intimidated because he was such a good head coach in the NHL, and we didn’t know what to expect.”’

Secondary scoring, strong goaltending fueling winning streak

‘“In the last couple weeks, things have slowly started turning. And when you get wins through your work and you see the results, it makes you believe a little bit more,” Nolan said. “Right now, the guys are feeling good about themselves. They’ve got good spirits and now we’ve just got to learn to keep it going.”’

Sabres starting to heat up

‘“We’re doing the right things, playing the right way and it’s going our way now,” said Gionta. “’Mitchey’ poked that puck loose, I tried getting it by the goalie on the far side and it didn’t happen, but I was able to keep poking away and it went right to him.”’

Flip gives team December to remember

‘The Sabres-Rangers game that was wiped out is being played on Feb. 20, which was originally a visit by the Ottawa Senators. That game will now be played on Monday, Dec. 15, which was an off day on the schedule. Right after that one ends, the Sabres will have to fly all the way to Winnipeg for a previously slated game against the Jets the next night in MTS Centre.’