Another season to forget

‘A disastrous comeback of a single win in their next eight games destroyed what remained of hope to Gionta and his teammates.’

Paid competition spirit

‘”We always competed with each other. We always wanted to be better than the other, said Alexander, recalled by the Sabers, Monday morning. So much so, that sometimes one even came to blows. Every time the fight broke out, our mother became furious.”‘

Ryan O’Reilly: “I’m sick of losing”

‘”We’re going to have to look at each other in the mirror, starting with myself,” O’Reilly said. As a leader I did not impose myself. I did not make my teammates accountable and I was not a voice on the team. It’s hard. When (Kyle) Okposo came back he really helped, he took things in hand and even if we were removed from the series, he encouraged us to make changes right now. By losing it it was difficult to maintain. “‘

Thursday’s Montreal Coverage

Habs Game Report: Solid goaltending gives Sabres 2-1 win (Montreal Gazette)
In the Habs’ Room: Not as good as we can be — or have to be, Julien says (Montreal Gazette)
Surprised by the Sabers (Le Journal de Montreal)
Another season to forget (Le Journal de Montreal)
“We can not be satisfied” -Brendan Gallagher (Le Journal de Montreal)
They will have better play in series … (Le Journal de Montreal)
Ryan O’Reilly: “I’m sick of losing” (La Presse)
Close calls vs. Sabres reinforce idea of sitting Price until playoffs (Sportsnet)
Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin injured vs. Sabres (Sportsnet)
Insignificant matches … (RDS)
Photo gallery (
Stopped by the Sabres (
Numbers Game: Canadiens @ Sabres (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Wednesday’s Montreal Coverage

Canadiens at Sabres, 7:30 p.m.: Five things you should know (Montreal Gazette)
Canadiens take six-game win streak into Buffalo (The Sports Xchange)
Preview: Canadiens at Sabres (

Matthews, Eichel weigh in on Olympics

‘After the loss on Monday, Eichel didn’t mince his words about the NHL’s choice to skip South Korea. “It’s a little bit disappointing,” he said. “As a player who takes a lot of pride in representing his country and who’s done it before, I can only speak for myself. I think it’s something that the players and the NHL look forward to. As a young kid just breaking into the league it’s something that I definitely watched growing up and looked forward to every year.”’

Sibling rivalry or brotherly love when Leafs square off against Sabres?

‘“We’re brothers, and we always want to be better than each other,” William Nylander said after the morning skate. “It will be fun.”’

Sabres’ Franson pines for Toronto

‘“Toronto was a dream come true for me. Everything about Toronto was a great experience, outside of the losing seasons. We don’t have a bad thing to say about our time in Toronto.”’

It’s Nylander versus Nylander as Leafs face Sabres

‘The Nylander brothers will have their father, former NHLer Michael, in for the game. And William Nylander, who is a year older than his brother, said cost for the allotment of tickets for family will be absorbed by “the home guy (Alex).”’

Tuesday’s Toronto Coverage

Matthews scores 39th goal as Leafs slam Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Matthews, Eichel weigh in on Olympics (Toronto Sun)
Sibling rivalry or brotherly love when Leafs square off against Sabres? (Toronto Sun)
Sabres’ Franson pines for Toronto (Toronto Sun)
Matthews adds a few more records to collection in Leafs’ win over Sabres (Toronto Star)
It’s Nylander versus Nylander as Leafs face Sabres (Toronto Star)
Leafs beat up on Sabres to inch up in playoff race (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Maple Leafs’ Matthews scores US-born rookie record 39th goal (AP)
Maple Leafs double up Sabres, close in on playoff spot (TSN)
Maple Leafs focused on big picture of playoffs, not Olympics decision (Sportsnet)
Cody Franson looks back on 4-1 collapse, would re-join Maple Leafs (Sportsnet)
Five Takeaways – Leafs at Sabres – 04/03/17 (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Monday’s Toronto Coverage

Game Day: Maple Leafs at Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Monday game preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres (Toronto Star)
For the Maple Leafs, playing the Buffalo Sabres is still a challenge (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Sabres aim to damage Leafs’ playoff hopes (The Sports Xchange)
Nylander brothers in the spotlight as Sabres face Leafs (TSN)
Report: Sabres’ Alex Nylander could make NHL debut against Leafs (Sportsnet)
Preview: Maple Leafs at Sabres (

Monday’s New York Coverage

Islanders keep playoff hopes alive with win over Sabres (Newsday)
Islanders’ Connor Jones solid in his debut (Newsday)
Photo gallery (Newsday)
Islanders captain Tavares to miss final week of season (AP)
Lee’s two third-period goals give Islanders win over Sabres (SportsNet New York)
Recap: Islanders 4, Sabres 2 (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Sunday’s New York Coverage

Isles begin last-gasp playoff chase without Tavares (The Sports Xchange)
Preview: Islanders at Sabres (
Game Preview: Islanders at Sabres (

Former Bruin Smith signs pro deal with Buffalo Sabres

‘”I wouldn’t be here if not for my time in Austin,” Smith said over the phone from Buffalo today. “(Former Bruins coaches) Chris (Tok) and Jamie (Huffman) played a huge role. They taught me how to be the player I am today.”‘

Wednesday’s Columbus Coverage

Bobrovsky solid again, but rest of Jackets unhappy with effort (Columbus Dispatch)
Blue Jackets offense off track as season winds down (Columbus Dispatch)
Blue Jackets notebook | Savard’s blocks aid Bobrovsky (Columbus Dispatch)
Photo gallery (Columbus Dispatch)
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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 3, BUF 1 (