Sabres show heart in defeat

‘“We’re down 4-0 and we battled,” said captain Brian Gionta. “We never gave up in that game, so that’s a huge sign to me. We battled back, got within two, had a couple more chances, had some momentum going. It’s 4-2 and that fifth goal for them was tough. But in light of how things started, we kept going and that’s good to see.”’

Williamsville’s Bailey joins big club

‘Assuming he makes his debut Thursday, Bailey would become the fourth Buffalo-area native to play for the Sabres and join a short list that includes current Rochester teammate Patrick Kaleta, Tim Kennedy and Scott Thomas. Former Nichols School star Peter Ciavaglia, who played five games for the Sabres in the early 1990s, was born in Albany.’

Sabres star Ryan O’Reilly frustrated by long slump

‘“Very frustrated,” O’Reilly said Wednesday following practice inside HarborCenter. “I’m obviously not confident in shooting the puck right now. My five-on-five play is not where I’d like it to be, but I’m trying. I got to find new things, find new ways to have success.”‘

Sabres recall Williamsville’s Justin Bailey

‘The 6-foot-4, 206-pound Bailey, 20, could make his NHL debut in Thursday’s road game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said earlier today winger Zemgus Girgensons and center Johan Larsson, who both missed Tuesday’s 7-4 loss to Florida, were questionable for the Flyers. Neither player practiced today.’

Thursday’s Philadelphia Coverage

Sabres-Flyers Preview (AP)
Sabres’ Girgensons, Larsson questionable (NHL.com)

A year later: Sabres and Jets both benefited from Kane mega-trade

‘Fresh start was a common theme with this blockbuster trade.’

How The Trade has worked out for all parties one year after Jets-Sabres blockbuster

‘Make no mistake, the Sabres are quite happy with what they got in return, though you can’t deny the fact the loss of Kane and Bogosian took away some of the Jets identity, in terms of being a team that was fast and incredibly tough to play against.’

Evander Holyfield approves of Sabres’ Evander Kane’s fighting form

‘But hey, why take anyone else’s word for it? Judge the three fights for yourself! (If, you know, you’re into that sort of thing.) Incidentally, both Kane and Petrovic were assessed 29 penalty minutes over the course of Tuesday’s contest.’

NHL players Alex Petrovic and Evander Kane drop gloves, fight three times

‘While entertaining, Kane seemed to get the better of Petrovic each time they dropped the gloves, even though the tale of the tape is quite even — Kane is 6-foot-2, 204 pounds and Petrovic is 6-foot-4, 206 pounds.’

Sabres place Girgensons on IR, call up Bailey from minors

‘Bailey is also enjoying a stretch in which he has five goals and six assists in his past eight games.’

Sabres send F Girgensons to IR

‘Girgensons sat out the Sabres’ 7-4 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night with an upper-body injury that he suffered in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.’

Sabres recall F Bailey

‘Through the first 47 games of his professional career, Bailey ranks second among Rochester skaters in goals (10) and fourth in points (23), and leads the team with 104 shots.’

Sabres call up Bailey

‘Bailey found out the news during practice. He said, “We were just doing drills and Cunney called me over and pulled over Tails and they just kind of told me that you’re going up. There was a little bit of disbelief at first, but I was excited and looking forward to it.”’

Sabres’ Ristolainen feels he must get better with everything

‘“I at times think Rasmus is trying to do too much with his puck play and needs to be a little more simpler.”’

Similar to Sabres, Leafs making wily chess moves

‘The Leafs, who are neck-and-neck with the Sabres and a couple of other teams at the bottom of the NHL standings with two months to go, haven’t yet landed the whales of Eichel or Ryan O’Reilly. But by clearing what now appears to be an incredible $29M in cap space for next season — and by being Toronto — the Leafs are in position to do almost whatever they damn well please.’