Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks defeat Syracuse, 5-4 (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Low-scoring Rochester Amerks light up Syracuse Crunch again (Syracuse Post Standard)
Where’s Kevin Poulin when needed? (Syracuse Post Standard)
Amerks down Crunch in back and forth affair (Amerks.com)
Americans survive Crunch comebacks, 5-4 (SyracuseCrunch.com)

Sabres GM Murray may have McGinn stick around

‘“Everybody was tweeting, ‘Murray, get him signed. He loves Buffalo,’ Murray joked during a regularly scheduled interview on WGR Radio. “We’ve asked what their thoughts are on term and on money. We’ve given them our thoughts on term. So if we can do something that suits both parties, we will try. And if we can’t, again depending on these three weeks how the team does, I don’t want to have a player leave here without getting anything back.”’

Kane scores, but gets break at wrong time

‘Kane had a golden opportunity from the front of the Boston net in the dying seconds of an overtime power play to score the game-winning goal, but his attempted shot never got to the net after his stick broke.’

Quick Hits: Bruins 3, Sabres 2 (SO)

‘The Sabres fell to 9-15-3 at home, extending their NHL-worst record in their own building. It also dropped Buffalo to 1-6-2 in their last nine games downtown and stemmed the momentum from road wins Jan. 26 in Ottawa and Wednesday in Montreal in their first game after the All-Star break.’

Sabres blow early lead, fall to Bruins in shootout

‘“We want to be a tough team to play against at home,” Sabres winger Jamie McGinn said. “I know our home record isn’t as good. We want to win in front of our own fans. They’re hungry as well for some wins.”’

Johan Larsson playing best hockey of season

‘“Lars has been playing, I think, real well, hard checking way in the last 10 games or so,” Bylsma said. “(He) hasn’t found himself making plays or finishing plays offensively like I think he can. (He) shows it in practice, shows that shot, that finish ability, but he hasn’t been able to translate it into a game.’

Sabres cough up lead, fall 3-2 to Bruins in shoot out

‘”We barely had a chance to sit on it. We gave that one back to them at 2-1 and allowed them to make it game,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said.’

Friday’s Boston Coverage

Ryan Spooner shows touch in Bruins’ shootout win (Boston Globe)
Jonas Gustavsson cleared to play by Bruins (Boston Globe)
Bruins salvage shootout win over Sabres (Boston Herald)
Gustavsson gets the green light (Boston Herald)
Bruins Ride Hot Hands, Buckle Down For Much-Needed Win In Buffalo (NESN)
Ryan Spooner, Brad Marchand Power B’s Past Sabres In Shootout (NESN)
Defense Gets It Done In OT; Adam McQuaid Nearing Return (NESN)
Bruins rally, beat Sabres in shootout, 3-2 (CSN New England)
Spooner and Rask team up for Bruins shootout magic (CSN New England)
Julien: Bruins ‘as gritty as I’ve seen us in a long time’ (CSN New England)
Spooner excelling in shootout (CSN New England)
Bruins’ Riding Of Red-Hot Marchand, Spooner, Bergeron Sufficient For Short-Term Success (WBZ-FM)
Marchand, Spooner Help Bruins Come Back in Buffalo (BostonBruins.com)
Photo gallery (BostonBruins.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Ryan Spooner leads Bruins past Sabres 3-2 in shootout

‘The Bruins carried that momentum past the midway part of the period, and Johnson was forced to make a pair of in-tight stops on Jimmy Hayes.’

Spooner delivers as Bruins edge Sabres

‘”We barely had a chance to sit on (the lead),” Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We gave it back to them.”‘

Sam Reinhart’s shot is catching up to his hockey IQ

‘“You don’t see that very often from players at this level,” he says, “that much improvement in their game.”’

Bruins stump Sabres 3-2 in a shootout

‘Some pourous defense by the Sabres just as Boston was coming back to even strength has allowed the visitors to tie the game. Brad Marchand makes a nice play through the legs of Zach Bogosian and beats Chad Johnson on a shot the goalie should stop. 2-2 tie.’

Sabres-Bruins: From the Locker Room

‘”We had our opportunities to win, so it’s a little bit frustrating. The best thing about this league is you get another opportunity and even better, it’s against those guys in Boston in a couple days. We’re gonna prepare and refocus on playing these guys again.”‘

Murray getting ready for NHL Trade Deadline

‘”I don’t know that yet. I’m not selling today,” Murray said. “It’s going to take a lot of winning by us and a lot of losing by other teams, but you have two to three weeks to show me that we either are in contention or not, and then I’ll act accordingly at that time. When it’s time to make trades, I believe in two weeks or so it’ll be pretty clear what we should do. I don’t have the answer. I’m leaning a certain way, but I’m gonna wait to see what our players and coaching staff do between now and then to show me exactly where we are.”‘

Bruins top Sabres on Spooner’s shootout goal

‘The game made it to the shootout despite the fact both the Sabres and Bruins had power-play opportunities in overtime. The Bruins nearly won it on their power-play chance when Patrice Bergeron took a shot in front of the net, but Johnson made a highlight-reel save.’