Coyotes say little on cheers from Sabres crowd

‘“It’s weird,” said defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who scored his team-best 21st goal in the second period. “Obviously we just tried to stay focused on what we had to do tonight and I thought we did a good job of that.”’

Rooting for defeat brings a house divided

‘The subject has been beaten to a pulp by your friends and family members, your coworkers and neighbors, parents and children, and the media. There has been no middle ground, no negotiation and no relief. To think so much energy has been spent on a team that will finish the season with no playoffs.’

NHL banking on game-night lottery

‘The NHL and its television partners believe the lottery will receive more attention if it shares the spotlight rather than commands it on its own, so the event is likely moving to the first Saturday of the postseason. The potential move, first reported by Sportsnet.ca, would create an April 18 date for the lottery. It had previously been held between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.’

Sabres boost hopes of ‘tankers’

‘“I love the Sabres,” said Taberski, 32, of Williamsville, “but how are you going to pass up on a generational player?”’

Boynton, radio commentator for Coyotes, faces charges after drunken rampage at casino

‘After being cut off at the bar early Thursday morning, Nick Boynton, a former defenseman with the NHL’s Boston Bruins, went on a drunken rampage at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, pushing patrons, calling women insulting names and fighting with officers, police sources said.’

Sabres fans revel in loss, cheer for Coyotes

‘“I’ve always spoken extremely high of our fans,” an emotional Weber said. “I don’t even know if disappointed is the word. They scored the first one, our fans are cheering. Late penalty, they cheer. They cheer when they score to win the game. I don’t even know what to say. It’s extremely frustrating for us.”‘

Sabres’ Mikhail Grigorenko grateful for Ted Nolan’s honesty

‘“Obviously, you’re not happy when you see that,” Grigorenko said. “I think that Teddy, he’s a really honest guy. Even if you agree or disagree with what he says, it’s exactly what he thinks. He’s the head coach, so my goal is to come here and prove him wrong, show him I can play here.”’

Friday’s Phoenix Coverage

Coyotes hold off Sabres for back-to-back wins on the road (Arizona Republic)
Arizona Coyotes radio analyst charged with assault (Arizona Republic)
Photo gallery (Arizona Republic)
NHL broadcaster arrested after incident at Buffalo casino (AP)
Coyotes all but end tanking debate in Buffalo (Fox Sports Arizona)
Statement Regarding Radio Analyst Nick Boynton (PhoenixCoyotes.com)
Photo gallery (PhoenixCoyotes.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Weber ticked at hearing Sabres fans howl for Coyotes

‘“I respect our fans, I love our fans. I show up to work every day to do whatever I can for them and to play hard for them and my teammates. I’ve never seen that before. I don’t know what else to say.”’

Conflicted Buffalo Sabres fans don’t know who to cheer for in basement battle with Arizona Coyotes

‘The crowd booed. Were they mad that the Sabres hadn’t won in regulation? Or mad that they hadn’t lost?’

Gagner lifts Coyotes to 4-3 win over Sabres in OT

‘Tyler Ennis, Brian Gionta and Rasmus Ristolainen scored in the Sabres’ fourth-consecutive loss. It’s the seventh time this season Buffalo has a skid of at least four games.’

Arizona 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)

‘Tyler Ennis and Rasmus Ristolainen had the other two goals for Buffalo, which has dropped four in a row and 11 of its last 12 (1-8-3). Hackett was shaken up by a collision in the third period but remained in the game and finished with 38 saves.’

Sabres activate Kaleta from IR

‘Kaleta underwent surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament and remove bone chips in his knee. He is expected to return to the lineup Thursday against the Coyotes and play for the first time since Feb. 10.’

Buffalo fans cheer against Sabres in Coyotes’ OT win

‘The game featured the two worst teams in the league, and a large portion of fans in attendance wanted the hometown Sabres to lose to better their chances of finishing 30th — which would guarantee either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the NHL Draft. The young standouts are considered the prizes of the draft, and the Coyotes now have six points more than the Sabres.’

Buffalo Sabres possess a deep pool of late-rounders at the NCAA level

‘The Sabres can retain the rights of players drafted from the NCAA or Europe for much longer than their CHL peers. It allows players to develop over a longer period of time, and even though most late-round draft picks never turn pro, a bit of patience comes at no extra cost to the Sabres.’