Similar to Sabres, Leafs making wily chess moves

‘The Leafs, who are neck-and-neck with the Sabres and a couple of other teams at the bottom of the NHL standings with two months to go, haven’t yet landed the whales of Eichel or Ryan O’Reilly. But by clearing what now appears to be an incredible $29M in cap space for next season — and by being Toronto — the Leafs are in position to do almost whatever they damn well please.’

WNY native Bailey to make Sabres, NHL debut

‘The 20-year-old has ten goals on the season for the Amerks, which is good for second on the team. He’s fourth in points with 23. He’s scored five goals and six assists in the past eight games.’

Bailey recalled from Rochester; Girgensons placed on IR

‘Bailey, a Buffalo native, has adapted well to the American Hockey League in his first professional season, ranking second on the Rochester Americans in goals (10) and fourth in points (23). He’s scored 11 points (5+6) in his last eight games alone.’

Sabres fight for their dignity but get ripped by Panthers

‘“I mean that was an embarrassing effort to have at home,” Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges said. “It’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable. … There’s nothing that we can say this was the reason or that was the reason. Just flat out not good enough to start the game.”’

Big trade is way for Leafs to make a run at Stamkos

‘The legitimate concern here is the Sabres have most of their future core in Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, Ryan O’Reilly, Evander Kane, Rasmus Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian and Robin Lehner. It’s one reason why entering Tuesday just one point up on the Leafs – and just one point out of the NHL basement – rates as an abject disappointment.’

Campbell has gotten better with age

‘“I feel good,” Campbell said Tuesday before a 7-4 victory over the Sabres. “I’ve felt better this year than I have in the last couple years. Nothing’s really changing. I feel like I can get the job done and keep going. I’m having a lot of fun with it.”’

Quick Hits: Florida 7, Sabres 4

‘The Sabres dug themselves a deep hole with poor defense and never could recover. Florida scored three goals in the first period and added a fourth just 22 seconds into the second to build a 4-0 lead and chase starting goaltender Robin Lehner from the net.’

Sabres fall apart early in loss to Panthers

‘But these days, with coveted rookie Jack Eichel and several other new acquisitions often playing well, the Sabres are still one of the NHL’s worst outfits.’

Former Sabres star Brian Campbell still motivated by early adversity

‘“I just think I could look back and say, ‘I did that,’” he said. “I think it’d be really rewarding. I put a lot of hard work into it. Coming up here, I wasn’t given anything. I earned it, I feel like. I had some great coaches, obviously, to help me along the way. I felt like I battled. Hard work paid off. It’s a great story and something I can be very proud of.”’

Sabres dig 4-0 hole en route to 7-4 loss to Florida

‘”We handed them the goals,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “To a man, we let this one go. It’s not a bad goal or anything, we gave them the opportunities. That’s disappointing.”‘

Wednesday’s Florida Coverage

Petrovic shows fight in Florida Panthers’ 7-4 victory against Sabres (Miami Herald)
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Petrovic notches Gordie Howe hat trick to lead Panthers to 7-4 win over Sabres (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Jokinen criticizes NHL for not suspending Abdelkader (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
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Panthers Tally Seven Goals in Win Over Sabres (WTVJ-TV)
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Fast-starting Florida Panthers beat Buffalo Sabres 7-4

‘After Buffalo rookie Sam Reinhart scored a pair of power-play goals, the Panthers stemmed the Sabres’ momentum by scoring the next two before the second period was over. Brandon Pirri deflected in Brian Campbell’s point shot, and Jaromir Jagr snapped a shot that beat backup Chad Johnson with 2:07 left.’

Panthers pile it on against Sabres

‘”There wasn’t much happening with our team at all there,” Kane said. “You’re at home and you’re kind of getting embarrassed at that point. I try to make a contribution.”‘

Sabres routed by Florida 7-4

‘This game needs a running clock. It has been a slow, plodding game all night long with little flow to it due to all of the stoppages. It cannot end soon enough for the Sabres.’

Sabres-Panthers: From the Locker Room

‘Sam Reinhart (2 PPGs) and Evander Kane (1 G, 3 fights against Petrovic) were two bright spots in Tuesday’s 7-4 loss to the Panthers.’