Bruins rally to defeat Sabres in OT

‘The Sabres, who have what they think is the flu — and not the mumps that are affecting the rest of the league — and injuries running through the team, put up a great fight and deserved a better fate in suffering their third straight loss after four wins in a row.’

Injury-ravaged Sabres earn point in Boston

‘“I thought we battled hard the whole night. They were coming hard that whole third period, especially right when we got that early one there to go up,” Brian Flynn, who lost both of his linemates in Gionta and Foligno, said. “Their D was crashing. It was really hard to get pucks out. We battled hard and unfortunate, the ending there.”’

Sabres blow lead to Bruins; lose in OT 4-3

‘The injuries to Gionta and Foligno come with the Sabres already dealing with health issues. Tyler Myers missed the game due to injury while a flu bug is going through the locker room. Matt Moulson and Patrick Kaleta missed the Bruins game due to the flu and several other players were under the weather. Michael Neuvirth was supposed to start the game in net but Nolan said he wasn’t healthy enough to play.’

Another Sabre gets cartwheeled in Boston

‘This is a game that I think we can say the Sabres put forth a very gutty effort. They played last night, they’re short players, some are sick and they’re tired yet they gave everything they had.’

Eriksson’s OT goal lifts Bruins past Sabres

‘”Yeah, I mean going down to three lines early and losing a couple more guys, just the way that the game ended you’re disappointed, but the effort, you’re right, we couldn’t have asked for more,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “They gave us everything they had and we have a [Tim] Schaller going head-to-head against a [Patrice] Bergeron all night and it’s kind of a … he’s only played three games in the NHL. So I thought that all things being equal we did a great job.”‘

Sabres recall Schaller, Pysyk

‘Pysyk is third among Amerks defensemen with 10 points in 28 games. A first-round pick in 2010, he made his NHL debut in 2012 and has 12 points in 63 career games for the Sabres.’

Schaller, Pysyk called up from Rochester

‘He also said a few players have been feeling under the weather but there’s no word yet on if any of them have been diagnosed with the mumps, which has afflicted several teams already this season. One additional forward may also miss the game, hence the decision to recall Schaller.’

Sunday’s Boston Coverage

Sabres-Bruins Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (13-18-2) at Boston Bruins (16-14-3) (The Sports Network)
Bruins look for third win against Sabres this season (NHL.com)

Sabres’ home becomes sick bay

‘The Sabres certainly got sick of their mistakes. A litany of errors – ranging from blown coverages to missed passes to poor personnel changes – dropped Buffalo to its second loss in a row. It was the first setback at home in seven games.’

Larsson arrives late but scores first goal

‘“It’s been a lot of games. I had some good chances, some good opportunities,” Larsson said. “I was thinking about it a little bit. In the end it was nice to see it go in and have it done.”’

Sabres lose game to Avalanche, Tyler Myers to injury

‘At times, however, the Avalanche looked like a powerhouse before the 18,831 fans inside the First Niagara Center.’

Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko feels he earned recall

‘“I was hoping I would get called up, especially that game against Colorado against Patrick,” Grigorenko said Saturday morning prior to the Sabres’ 5-1 loss inside the First Niagara Center. “I saw him … at the morning skate. He said, ‘Hi, how are you?’ It was a big smile on my face just to see him. So I’m really excited.”’

Former Sabres star Daniel Briere treasuring end of career

‘“I’m trying to enjoy what’s going on now,” Briere said Saturday inside the First Niagara Center. “I know I don’t have a lot of time left, so I don’t want to look too far ahead. I’m trying to live in the moment, try to embrace what I have now. The end is going to come fast enough, and I don’t want to look back and regret it and say, ‘Oh, I should’ve enjoyed it.’”‘

Sunday’s Colorado Coverage

Colorado Avalanche cruises to 5-1 victory at Buffalo Sabres (Denver Post)
Happy holiday? it might not apply for Avs goalie Calvin Pickard (Denver Post)
Photo gallery (Denver Post)
New Lines A Winning Combination For Avalanche (ColoradoAvalanche.com)
Photo gallery (ColoradoAvalanche.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Tanguay scores 2 goals, Avalanche beat Sabres 5-1

‘Colorado has won its last eight against Buffalo dating to 2005, and jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Johnson’s goal 2:23 into the game.’