Sabres starting to heat up

‘“We’re doing the right things, playing the right way and it’s going our way now,” said Gionta. “’Mitchey’ poked that puck loose, I tried getting it by the goalie on the far side and it didn’t happen, but I was able to keep poking away and it went right to him.”’

Flip gives team December to remember

‘The Sabres-Rangers game that was wiped out is being played on Feb. 20, which was originally a visit by the Ottawa Senators. That game will now be played on Monday, Dec. 15, which was an off day on the schedule. Right after that one ends, the Sabres will have to fly all the way to Winnipeg for a previously slated game against the Jets the next night in MTS Centre.’

Sunday’s Washington Coverage

Capitals outshoot Buffalo by 18 but still fall to Sabres, 2-1, at Verizon Center (Washington Post)
In loss to Buffalo, Mike Green leaves with upper-body injury (Washington Post)
Caps battle back, but can’t hold on in 2-1 loss to Sabres (CSN Washington)
Green injured in Caps’ loss to Sabres (CSN Washington)
Trotz apologizes to Capitals fans after loss (CSN Washington)
Caps lack finish, lose 2-1 (
CapsSabres Infographic 11/22/14 (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Mitchell’s goal lifts Sabres past Capitals, 2-1

‘Torrey Mitchell scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:42 left, Jhonas Enroth stopped 43 shots, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 Saturday night for their third straight win.’

Buffalo 2, Washington 1

‘”We’re playing like a confident team right now, and confident teams get breaks, and those lead to wins,” said Enroth.’

Enroth stops 43 shots in Sabres’ win

‘”Jhonas made some big saves for us and kept us around long enough that we found a way,” Nolan said of the Sabres’ third straight victory following a 3-13-2 start. “Torrey’s goal — he goes out and comes back in and is in the right place at the right time for us.”‘

Sabres Win 3rd Straight, 2-1 Over Caps

‘Despite being badly outshot, the Sabres managed the first goal of the game. Matt Moulson backhanded a rebound off the back wall into the net, giving Buffalo a 1-0 lead through 40 minutes. Washington sent 31 shots toward the Sabres net during the first two periods, but Enroth stopped each of them.’

Sabres look to make it three in a row

‘”Sometimes I think you gotta weather the storm,” said Strachan. “[The Capitals] came out hard in that second, and we maybe didn’t have the legs that we needed to match, but [Enroth] I think had 40 saves on the night. You can look at your goaltending to pull you out of a lot of those situations when they’re playing as well as they are right now”‘

Enroth makes 43 saves to help Sabres defeat Capitals

‘”I’m not a big believer in luck,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “I believe that the harder you work, the luckier you get, if there’s such a thing. We never gave up. We kept trying to do the same things over and over again, and it’s nice to see when you do do that and you do have some perseverance, you get rewarded for it like the last three games.”‘

Sabres win third-straight game with victory over Capitals

‘“I really tried to dig in those last couple of minutes and keep my focus the whole game because I didn’t want to give up a bad goal in the end and have it go to overtime or anything like that,” Enroth said. “So I just told myself to try to stay focused the last couple minutes and see what happens.”’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Adirondack defeats Rochester Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Reinhart a boost to Flames, who win eighth straight (Glen Falls Post Star)
Makarov makes 45 saves in 2-1 Amerks loss to Flames (
Flames hold off Americans 2-1 (

Zadorov can unpack in Buffalo

‘“It’s been busy the last two months,” Zadorov said, who did not want to return to London of the Ontario Hockey League. “I wasn’t playing, wasn’t in the lineup, now I’ve been playing every game and now it’s 10 games and I’m going to be here. I’m happy. It’s a dream come true.”‘

Neuvirth could return in a few days

‘The team has a home-and-home series on consecutive days next weekend against Montreal, and it remains to be seen how Neuvirth will feel by then.’

Maturity has helped Sabres’ Nikita Zadorov become NHL regular

‘“There’s some things in part of his life he had to change, as far as his approach to the game he has to change, and that was kind of a collective (effort) – kind of like (what) the city’s going through right now is kind of what our team went through,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.’

Patrick Kaleta grateful to be back with Sabres after snowy week

‘With most roadways closed, Kaleta had to find an alternate route. So he talked to some police friends and hatched a plan with Sabres trainer Tim Macre, who had also been stuck.’