Sabres’ winning streak starts at the top

‘During a 3-2 victory over St. Louis, those six players combined for two goals, six points and 37 saves. It’s no coincidence Buffalo won its third straight game and fourth of the last five.’

Mike Harrington: Lehner has claimed the crease

‘Lehner is 17-16-6 this season, a mediocre record borne mostly from his lack of goal support in the first half. But he’s got a 2.47 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage that ranks tied for third among NHL starters. Only Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk (.933) and Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray (.927) are better.’

Sabres Notebook: Seamless transition for Baptiste in latest recall

‘”Obviously they produce points,” Baptiste said of playing with Eichel and Kane. “I feel like I could bring speed and open up space for those guys and was fortunate enough to get to the net tonight and score.’

Quick hits: Sabres 3, Blues 2

‘The Blues had won nine straight against Buffalo as part of a 19-2 run. The Sabres’ last victory in the series was a 5-3 decision Dec. 27, 2009, in St. Louis.’

Sabres’ Rodrigues performing well on center stage

‘“It’s been a nice thing to see Evan being able to step in there and do good things,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Friday. “I don’t want to say I’m surprised, but great intelligence, some good hockey smarts and sense on both sides of the puck, in particular defensively.”’

Sabres Notebook: Streaks collide; Lehner hot; injuries

‘Buffalo will close a stretch of 11 games in 18 days with back-to-back home games. St. Louis will visit KeyBank Center at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the Chicago Blackhawks come to town at 6 p.m. Sunday. They’re a combined 11-0 in the past 11 games.’

Sabres Notebook: O’Reilly gets on board against former team

‘”We see them soon,” O’Reilly noted as the Sabres play in Colorado Feb. 25 “so hopefully I can score, but anytime you get on the board it’s always good. Just that feeling of contributing and making an impact on the game is important whether it’s against that team or any other team.”‘

Quick Hits: Sabres 2, Avalanche 0

‘The Sabres held off the Colorado Avalanche, 2-0, before 18,335 in KeyBank to win two games in a row for the first time this month. Sam Reinhart’s power-play goal in the first minute of the second gave Buffalo the only offense it would need and Robin Lehner made it stand up for his second shutout of the season.’

Inside the Sabres: Reliving the Senators brawl, 10 years later

‘It’s been 10 years since Buffalo and Ottawa dropped the gloves downtown, but the game on Feb. 22, 2007, is fresh in the minds of those who took part.’

Sabres Notebook: Avalanche limp into Buffalo

‘The numbers get worse for Colorado. The Avs are 2-8 in their last 10 games. They are 8-18-1 on the road. They have a minus-75 goal differential. They’ve won just 15 of their 54 games this season and are in last place in the NHL – by 13 points.’

Sully’s Mailbag: Why don’t the Sabres show up on Thursdays?

‘What’s even worse is that eight of the losses came at the KeyBank Center, where the Sabres have a schedule loaded with Thursday dates. They’re better at home this season, but imagine if you could throw out Thursdays (sounds like a promotion). They’re 1-7-1 at home on Thursdays, 12-3-3 on all other days.’

Sully’s Power Take: Bylsma must feel ominous winds over the Atlantic

‘The Pegulas aren’t likely to can Bylsma this soon after failing with Rex Ryan. But if the Sabres struggle, and if the players (especially Jack Eichel) keep muttering about the system, Bylsma won’t be long for Buffalo. If first place can get you fired, maybe the Sabres should raise the standard, too. Let’s hope he makes it past Tuesday.’

‘Soul On Ice’ explores journey of black hockey players

‘“In my journey I was very lucky to go to Buffalo. If I went to some other place, like Atlanta, my experience would have been very different,” said McKegney, who was drafted by the Sabres in 1978 and played his first four NHL seasons in Buffalo. “I was very well accepted in Buffalo by comparison. I thought the people of Buffalo had the experience of having black football players coming from other areas to play in Buffalo and the same with basketball players. I just felt like I was very fortunate to go to a place like Buffalo. It was really welcoming to me.”’

Zach Bogosian to appear at Tops

‘Bogosian will be at the Tops store at 3980 Maple Road in Amherst from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.’

Sabres tame the turmoil with third-period rally

‘Goals by Matt Moulson and Justin Bailey put the Sabres in front and Lehner made it stand up over the final 12 minutes for a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Senators. Buffalo continued to frustrate Ottawa, completing a 4-0-1 season series advantage.’