Sabres seek consistent, gritty play

‘“We’re from a blue-collar town, we have to have that blue-collar approach in everything we do. Even if you’re a highly skilled player, that skilled player can still work his skill to his maximum and that’s what we have to do for sure.”’

Myers, Gorges may play soon

‘“I have to be smart, and if I do come back and play, first of all I don’t want to put my team in jeopardy,” Gorges said. “If I’m not effective, I’m only hurting my team. At the same time I have to make sure I don’t go too early where I’m out for another two or three weeks again, which is counterproductive. As much as I want to be back, we’ve got to be smart at the same time.”’

Sabres’ defense slowly improving, still mistake-prone

‘How much longer can Nolan keep playing Benoit, a team-worst minus-13 with zero points, and Meszaros?’

Sabres’ Tyler Myers ’50-50′ for Friday, Josh Gorges getting closer to returning

‘“I got to be smart and make sure if I do come back and play, first of all, I don’t put my team in jeopardy,” Gorges said. “If I’m not effective, I’m only hurting my team. At the same time, I have to make sure I don’t go too early where something happens and I’m out for another two or three weeks.”’

Friday’s Montreal Coverage

Canadiens vs. Sabres preview (Montreal Gazette)
Canadiens-Sabres Preview (AP)
Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens visit Sabres (NHL.com)

Friday’s Winnipeg Coverage

Jets rookie Adam Lowry suspended one game for hit from behind in Buffalo (Winnipeg Sun)
Lowry to miss one game (Winnipeg Free Press)
NHL suspends Stars’ Garbutt, Jets’ Lowry (AP)
NHL suspends Garbutt, Lowry for separate incidents (The Sports Network)
Jets’ Lowry suspended one game for boarding (The Sports Xchange)

Sabres hope to build on positive 3rd period

‘They outscored the Jets 1-0, outshot their opponent 10-7 in the final 20 minutes and came close to tying the game in the dying seconds on a wrist shot by Zemgus Girgensons.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks talk a good game, but aren’t delivering (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

A thin blue line hampers Sabres

‘Scoreless and listless for more than 45 minutes, the Sabres saw their three-game winning streak go by the boards in a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets before a crowd of 18,442.’

Sabres’ Kaleta shakes off the pain with a smile

‘“Whatever I need to do to get in the lineup and help my team is what I’m going to have to do,” Kaleta said. “Hopefully once I get the base of my game down I can expand and maybe down the road help out in the penalty kill area and all that kind of fun stuff.”’

Sabres’ Andrej Meszaros explains his weak reply to hit

‘“I was looking at the referee,” he said. “I wanted to make sure if there’s a power play or not. I kind of went there and kind of cross-checked him, didn’t want to jump in that hard, so I knew we were going to have a power play. We were down.”’

Sabres’ Chris Stewart finally ends long goal slump; Tyler Myers a surprise scratch

‘Stewart, a two-time 28-goal scorer, has arguably been the Sabres’ biggest disappointment this season, compiling just two goals and three points in 22 games.’

Thursday’s Winnipeg Coverage

Jets drop dull Sabres (Winnipeg Sun)
Anthony Peluso gets into Winnipeg Jets lineup with Mathieu Perreault on shelf (Winnipeg Sun)
Ugly still worth two points (Winnipeg Free Press)
Little making huge contribution (Winnipeg Free Press)
Infographic – Jets vs Sabres (WinnipegJets.com)
Photo gallery (WinnipegJets.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Little, Frolik lead Jets to 2-1 win over Sabres

‘”That first period and a half or so, I thought our hands were handling that puck like a grenade,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “It just kept bouncing and bouncing. That third period, we played the way we have to in order to be successful.”‘

Winnipeg 2, Buffalo 1

‘Chris Stewart scored in the third period and Jhonas Enroth stopped 24 shots for Buffalo, which had its win streak snapped at three games.’