Bruins beat Sabres 3-2 in overtime

‘It seemed like a better, simpler effort was put in by the Sabres tonight. We heard plenty of talk from the locker room about playing a “simpler” game to be more successful. The shots on goal total is still not there, I do not think this is exactly the best game to hang you hat on, but it may be a place for the team to start from. I do like what I am hearing out of the room, as Paul Hamilton pointed out after last game. Josh Gorges getting mad is something that has been lacking for a few years, and now other players are following his lead. At the end of the night, however, Buffalo did not take advantage of the fact that half of the Bruins regular defense corps was out. There are still plenty of signs that this team still is not very good.’

Marchand’s second, in OT, lifts Bruins past Sabres

‘Marchand shot a one-timer high to the glove side of Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth after a pass from Reilly Smith from behind the net for his third goal of the season.’

Sabres unable to hold off Bruins in OT

‘“Lately, we’ve been sitting back in the third and it’s catching up to us,” Sabres forward Tyler Ennis, who had a goal and an assist, said.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ line is fluent in hockey (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Sabres pay the price for another bad game

‘“It’s very, very disturbing. It’s mind-baffling. This is our occupation. This is what we do for a profession, and we have to concentrate on what we do.”’

Hapless Sabres searching for answers with season unravelling

‘“Some people are very emotional, some are not,” Nolan said. “Right now, we got a quiet group of athletes. They’re not boisterous, they’re not loud. You don’t try to make something that’s not there. But you have to work with what’s there.”‘

Thursday’s Boston Coverage

Sabres thumbnails (Boston Globe)
Bruins-Sabres Preview (AP)
Boston Bruins (5-6-0) at Buffalo Sabres (2-8-0) (The Sports Network)
Sabres back home to face injury-plagued Bruins (NHL.com)

Nolan’s patience runs out with lethargic Sabres

‘”Now is the time where taking it easy is over now,” Nolan said, noting that he had purposefully given the Sabres a 10-game grace period. “We’ve got to go work. I’ll take full responsibility for that. Maybe I didn’t push them hard enough. But today’s the day we have to start.”‘

The Buffalo Sabres are a terrible team that is somehow getting worse

‘Even though nobody with the team will admit it, this season is all about being bad. Bad enough to finish in a spot where they can land one of Connor McDavid, the puck-destroying phenom that is a man against boys in the Ontario Hockey League and is already playing the occasional game in Buffalo, or American-born sensation Jack Eichel, currently doing his NHL prep work at Boston University. It’s been years since the NHL has had two prospects this hyped entering the league in the same year, and it truly is a year where it could pay off in the long-run to be terrible in the short-term.’

Sabres’s Nolan said the grace period is over

‘I’ve been around Nolan a long time and it’s been awhile since I’ve seen him that angry. He said, “It’s very, very disturbing, it’s mind baffling, this is our occupation, this is what we do for a profession and we have to concentrate on what we do, we don’t come here and just practice to practice, we’ve got to practice for skill to get better and the most important skill that people underestimate is the power of working and to me it’s a skill.”‘

Nolan pushes players in practice on Wednesday

‘“I always give our team a 10-game grace period, give them a little bit of rope and maybe someone will hang themselves. What we saw over the last 10 or so games, we saw that,” Nolan said. “Taking it easy is over now. We’ve got to work and I’ll take full responsibility for that. Maybe I didn’t push them hard enough.”‘

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Sabres prospect Grigorenko has reason to celebrate (Buffalo News)
Amerks top Hamilton in Buffalo (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Bulldogs squander two-goal lead against Rochester (Hamilton Spectator)
Armia, Grigorenko lead Amerks to win at FNC (WGR-AM)
Second period surge propels Amerks to 3-2 win over Bulldogs (Amerks.com)
Amerks edge Bulldogs 3-2 in Buffalo (HamiltonBulldogs.com)

Sending the Sabres Zadorov to junior is complicated

‘Bulldog then asked if the KHL has to approve Zadorov going to London. Murray said, “There’s a transfer agreement that has to be signed by the player and the KHL team, yes.”’

The Buffalo Sabres are truly terrible

‘Frankly, it’s hard to blame the organization. Buffalo is not a destination for free agents. Hardly any marquee names are even making it to free agency. More and more top players have no-trade clauses that allow them to dictate where they can go, which ultimately leaves only second tier players to spend money on, which leads to mistakes like the disastrous Ville Leino contract the Sabres signed in 2011.’

Sabres fall meekly in Toronto

‘Pity anyone who stays with this train wreck the whole way.’