Friday’s Montreal Coverage

Canadiens-Sabres preview: Scrivens holds hot hand in goal (Montreal Gazette)
Canadiens-Sabres Preview (AP)
Sabres’ Catenacci out vs. Canadiens (
Game Day – Sabres – February 12 (
Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Sabres (

Another disheartening blowout for Sabres

‘“It wasn’t our best effort by any stretch. We have to stick to what makes us successful, and we didn’t do that.”’

Williamsville native receives taste of good life with Sabres

‘Bailey showed off his rapidly developing maturity by handling the nerve-racking moment with the aplomb of a 10-year veteran. He smiled and laughed away from the ice and skated determinedly on it while soaking in the atmosphere.’

Quick hits: Flyers 5, Sabres 1

‘Even when the Sabres made a good play, it didn’t work out. They broke up a rush by high-scoring defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, but the puck went to Wayne Simmonds and he easily beat Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner. Michael Raffl scored on a breakaway with 4:03 left in the second.’

Friday’s Philadelphia Coverage

Flyers, Umberger come to life in rout over Sabres (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Umberger ends goal drought in return to lineup (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Photo gallery (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Flyers’ Umberger finally can take a deep breath (Philadelphia Daily News)
Umberger first goal timely in Flyers’ win (Bucks County Courier Times)
Hakstol makes statement by scratching Read, Laughton (Bucks County Courier Times)
‘Ghost’ ties record, better late than never (Bucks County Courier Times)
Umberger finally finds net in Flyers’ win over Sabres (Delaware County Daily Times)
Flyers’ Umberger ends pair of personal streaks (Delaware County Daily Times)
R.J. Umberger, Flyers release demons in win over Sabres (Cherry Hill Courier Post)
Weal, Umberger step back from life as a healthy scratch (Cherry Hill Courier Post)
R.J. Umberger snaps goal drought, sparks Flyers’ rout of Sabres (CSN Philadelphia)
Sabres’ Marcus Foligno: Radko Gudas ‘an idiot and stupid’ (CSN Philadelphia)
Instant Replay: Flyers 5, Sabres 1 (CSN Philadelphia)
Sabre Rattling (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Umberger snaps 50-game scoreless drought, Flyers beat Sabres

‘”Mental breakdowns, turnovers, lack of coverage, it’s a little bit of everything,” captain Brian Gionta said.’

Flyers’ 5-1 victory cause for celebration

‘After allowing four goals on 12 shots Tuesday before being yanked, Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (2-4-1) surrendered five more and stopped 23 shots Thursday.’

Flyers Cruise to 5-1 Win over Sabres

‘Robin Lehner surrendered 5 goals on 28 shots while Philadelphia’s Steve Mason came up with 41 saves.’

Sabres-Flyers: From the Locker Room

‘”I wish that me and D-Lo [Deslauriers] were out on the ice at that time. We could have done a little worse damage to him.”‘

Umberger lifts Flyers to victory

‘”We had disappointment in this game and disappointment in how we played,” Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said. “But we’ve got to cut it loose here in 12 hours and get our focus to the next game and Montreal.”‘

Outcome spoils Bailey’s debut in Philadelphia

‘”We had breakdowns,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “Mental breakdowns, turnovers, lack of coverage, a little of everything. Unfortunately these last two games have been the same.”‘

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Prapavessis settling into role on Amerks’ defense (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

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.”‘