VandeVelde’s goal lifts skidding Flyers over Sabres

‘Zemgus Girgensons scored two goals, and Tyler Ennis added one for Buffalo, which became the first team since the 2006 Pittsburgh Penguins to lose 10 consecutive games in regulation, according to STATS.’

Philadelphia 4, Buffalo 3

‘”If you don’t go to the net, if you don’t carry the puck and you don’t fight your way in their, you’re not going to have a chance,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.’

Flyers end long dry spell in 4-3 win

‘”The effort was there, and obviously some of the things that happened when you have a couple young defensemen, that’s going to happen occasionally,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “But at least the effort was way better.”‘

Losing Streak Hits 10, Sabres Fall to Flyers 4-3

‘The loss dropped Buffalo into a last-place tie with Edmonton, following the Oilers’ 3-2 shootout win over the Panthers on Saturday. Both teams have 31 points with the Sabres owning the tiebreaker based on regulation plus overtime wins.’

Nolan goes down to three lines

‘Sure the Sabres made some mistakes in this game that cost them, but throughout the game I saw players paying the price to make plays. I saw players around the net and not on the perimeter, I saw battles won along the wall. Playing hockey like that will eventually get this streak broken.’

Flyers hand Sabres 10th straight regulation loss

‘”The other guys weren’t going very good,” Nolan said. “We have to send a message to the guys, ‘If you don’t want to work, you won’t play.'”‘

Late rally not enough for slumping Sabres

‘“Yeah it was a better effort I think, we needed that after [Thursday’s] game in Minnesota but we still have to clean up some stuff,” Ennis said. “I like the effort, but a couple of breakdowns cost us.”’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks lose to San Antonio (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Rampage start slow, but finish strong against Rochester (San Antonio Express News)
Grigorenko scores twice in 5-3 loss to Rampage (Amerks.com)
Rampage Take Down Rochester 5-3 (SARampage.com)

Agony of defeat is wearing on Sabres

‘Being compared with anything the Oilers have done since 2006 is a bad, bad thing.’

Nolan not worried about job security

‘“The old slogan in sports is the easiest guy to change is the coach. That’s the easy way. I’ve seen it done lots of times, and is it the right thing to do? I’m not too sure, but that’s just the fact in our business.”‘

Coach Ted Nolan knows Sabres must improve quickly: ‘If you’re not winning … there’s prices to pay’

“It’s not punishment, it’s what we have to do,” Nolan said. “We have to get the pucks in deep. We have to get back, we have to change properly. Even our line changes are soft. The way we attack the puck is soft.”’

Saturday’s Philadelphia Coverage

Free-falling Flyers visit more-awful Sabres (Philadelphia Inquirer)
5 things to watch in Game 46: Flyers at Buffalo Sabres (Cherry Hill Courier Post)
Flyers-Sabres: 5 things you need to know (CSN Philadelphia)
Flyers-Sabres Preview (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers (17-21-7) at Buffalo Sabres (14-28-3) (The Sports Network)
Flyers seek to continue success against Sabres (NHL.com)
Five things: Flyers at Buffalo Sabres (PhiladelphiaFlyers.com)

Sabres’ Nolan not worried about his job

‘With the team playing as poorly as it is, it’s only natural that he be asked about it. Nolan said he has no concern about that, “I’d have concern if I’m not doing (my job), but I’ve never feared my position in any job I did in my life because the only thing I know how to do is do what I do and sometimes it’s good enough and sometimes it’s not.”’

Nolan had the Sabres skating and talking in practice

‘Many would think Nolan was punishing the team for Thursday’s game, but he said that wasn’t it, “No, it’s not punishment, it’s what we have to do. We have to get the pucks in deep, we have to work in certain positions, we have to get back, we have to change properly, our line changes are soft, the way we attack the puck is soft, those type of things we have to do with a little more intensity.”’

Sabres go through tough skate Friday

‘Sabres coach Ted Nolan skated the team hard for about 40 minutes at First Niagara Center with an emphasis put on dump-ins, positioning, being tougher on the puck and communicating. For much of practice, players skated without the puck.’