Saturday’s Dallas Coverage

Scouting Sabres-Stars (Dallas Morning News)
Stars Gameday (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Sabres-Stars Preview (AP)
Stars host Sabres looking for fifth straight victory (
Stars-Sabres Preview (

Sabres must improve 5-on-3

‘So the question is, that does this team have to do the score with a two man advantage? They failed three times this week and its cost them chances to win two games. I spoke with each of the five players and I’ll list their responses.’

Sabres prepare for rematch with Dallas

‘“We’re going to play a lot of hockey in the next eight days or so and today was just a focus on scoring goals and the execution of that,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “I hope we enjoyed the execution of it today and that’s really what we were doing at both ends of the rink with forwards and D.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Justin Bailey comes up big for Amerks in overtime (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sound Tigers’ win streak ends in Rochester (Connecticut Post)
Bailey, Baptiste and Rodrigues contribute to Amerks win (WGR-AM)
Amerks snap skid as Sanguinetti nets OT winner vs. Bridgeport (
Americans 3, Sound Tigers 2 (OT) (

Special teams let Sabres down

‘The Sabres went 0 for 4 on the power play – coming up empty on a pair of two-man advantages – and their struggling penalty-killers gave up two more goals. In the end, Alexander Steen’s tally in the final round of the shootout dropped Buffalo to 0-1-2 in its last three games.’

All-Star format has players buzzing

‘“I actually like the thought that there’s going to be a competition for something of value, whatever that is,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said prior to Thursday’s game in Scottrade Center. “I like pride myself but I was there for last year’s game and … it wasn’t a ton of competition. I like it when there’s competition. East vs. West, whatever. We’re never going back to the Stanley Cup champions vs. the rest of the league but there’s competition there now. I’d hope that’s what this format brings.”’

Quick hits: Blues 3, Sabres 2 (SO)

‘The wild 3-on-3 session saw Buffalo outshoot St. Louis, 4-3, and both teams had ample chances to score. Vladimir Tarasenko’s breakaway might have been the best chance but his shot hit the outside of the goal post. The Sabres outshot St. Louis, 34-29, through 65 minutes.’

Friday’s Saint Louis Coverage

Special win for Blues vs. Sabres (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Battered Blues keep finding ways to win (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Injured Stastny rejoins Blues in practice (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Photo gallery (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Game Notes – Blues 3, Sabres 2 (SO) (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Steen scores winner in shootout, Blues beat Sabres 3-2

‘”We were plus-2 on the 5-on-5 tonight,” coach Dan Bylsma said. “I thought the special teams pretty much dictated the whole game right from the beginning with the major penalty that we took. We obviously had the two 5-on-3 situations at the end of the second and in the third period, but 5-on-5 we’re playing a tough team, a hard place to play, a hard place to get points and I thought we battled them pretty good minus the special teams.”‘

Blues battle past Sabres in shootout

‘”I thought the special teams pretty much dictated the whole game,” said Sabres coach Dan Bylsma. “We were playing a tough team. A hard place to play, a hard place to get points and I thought we battled them pretty good.”‘

Blues Outlast Sabres 3-2 in Shootout

‘Sam Reinhart and Ryan O’Reilly’s second-period goals tied the score 2-2 and it stayed that way through the end of regulation. Both sides had ample opportunity to win it in OT — with perhaps the best chance coming from Vladimir Tarasenko who ripped a shot off the post during a clean breakaway — but St. Louis prevailed in the shootout on Alex Steen’s winner.’

Sabres-Blues: From the Locker Room

‘On Eichel not taking part in the shootout: “We had Matt Moulson on the go as well. He’s got some good statistics. I didn’t overlook [Eichel] for any reason other than we had good players in that spot ahead of him.”‘

Time to challenge the NHL coach’s challenge

‘There are three problems I have with the new coach’s challenge. First, the NHL is in no position to take goals away. Scoring has been on the decline every year since 2007. Some nights it feels like it would take a minor miracle just to get a shot through the maze of players on the ice standing between the puck and the goalie, let alone get that shot by the goalie.’

Blues top Sabres on Steen’s shootout goal

‘”It’s frustrating, you know,” he said. “I thought we had a good jumping start. We have to be better in the PK. It’s my responsibility as well. Power play again; two 5-on-3’s, that’s a must-convert. That’s on me. I had multiple chances to bury them.”‘

Special teams dictates Sabres’ shootout loss against Blues

‘Forwards O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart both scored for Buffalo in the loss. Ullmark made 27 saves, including three in a wild overtime period that found Buffalo unsuccessful on consecutive odd-man rushes followed by a breakaway opportunity for St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko that produced a shot off the post.’