Injuries pile up in Sabres-Leafs game with Franson, Booth, Kaleta and Larsson out

‘Sabres Johan Larsson skated into the elbow of an unsuspecting Petter Granberg and headed for the dressing room with a minute left in the first.’

Toronto 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)

‘Mikhail Grigorenko and Nicolas Deslauriers lit the lamp for the Sabres. Andrey Makarov made 27 stops.’

Leafs come back to beat Sabres 3-2 in shootout

‘Neither team was able to score in the five-minute overtime period. The Sabres were able to extend the shootout twice with goals in their last chance, but Peter Holland’s goal in the sudden death round was enough to help beat Buffalo.’

Some kids look good in Toronto

‘Andrej Makarov did not look good at all in Traverse City and hasn’t looked much better in practice. I wasn’t expecting much in Toronto on Sunday, but in the first period the kid was great.’

Confident Grigorenko shines in preseason loss to Toronto

‘“I’m a strong believer in good things happening when you do the right thing more often than not,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “He did the right thing this summer by working himself into better shape. He came into camp with a real positive attitude, wanted to earn things versus just [being] given things.”‘

Sabres’ McCabe showing he belongs at top level

‘“You look at McCabe, he wants one of those spots,” coach Ted Nolan said Saturday. “The last couple games he’s really turned it up a notch.”’

Deslauriers raises his comfort level

‘“I feel more comfortable here, which is weird,” Deslauriers said Saturday in First Niagara Center. “I was there five years with rookie camp and everything, but I feel so much more comfortable. The staff’s been awesome since I got here last year. It’s just been amazing.”’

Sabres’ Zac Dalpe facing some stiff competition for roster spot

‘Dalpe chose a hard lineup to crack when he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on July 13. Only three or so forward jobs are available this training camp. The Sabres have strong depth up front. A few players will be squeezed out before the Oct. 9 season opener.’

Deslauriers fitting in after summer in Buffalo

‘“He’s like any of our younger players. He has some growing to do and some maturing to do. But he has the right attitude and the right approach to it,” Nolan said. “It’ll just be a smooth transition whether he gets on the third line consistently or whether he gets on the second line. That’s yet to be determined, but all indications right now, he’s moving in the right direction.”’

Stewart turns up the intensity as Sabres fall to Leafs

‘Stewart scored twice during the first period and interrupted his pursuit of a hat trick to pummel a Toronto player during Buffalo’s 6-4 loss in First Niagara Center.’

Schaller catches Nolan’s eye

‘“This young man, every day he just kind of grew on you,” Nolan said before the preseason game. “With training camp, that’s what’s so unique about it. You never know what’s going to happen.’

Sabres reassign 11 to Rochester Americans

‘Adam must clear waivers before he officially joins the Amerks. He is expected to be placed on waivers for 24 hours beginning at noon Saturday.’

Michal Neuvirth struggles, Chris Stewart shines in Sabres’ preseason loss to Leafs

‘“A tough game, not a lot of shots,” Neuvirth said. “It seemed like every time they had a shot it ended up in our net. I just couldn’t get in the game to make a big save.”’

Saturday’s Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs get big game from Tyler Bozak in pre-season win over Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs’ Bozak and Clarkson score in return from injury (Toronto Star)
Tallinder’s tryout bid with Leafs suddenly in jeopardy (TSN)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Reimer Makes 34 Saves, Maple Leafs Beat Sabres 6-4

‘Toronto defenseman Henrik Tallinder had to be helped off the ice after being shoved face-first into the boards by Mike Weber.’