Leafs dominate Sabres

‘The Sabres (2-8-0) entered Monday’s contest averaging 1.1 goals per game. They were shut out for the fourth times.’

Leafs Dominate Sabres 4-0

‘For as much difficulty as Toronto had finding the back of the net in the first two periods, it was as simple for them in the final stanza. It started off with Phil Kessel’s fourth of the season as he banked one off of Michael Neuvirth to make it 2-0 less than 5 minutes in. That was followed up exactly one minute later by a James Van Riemsdyk tally as he was left alone in front of the net to make it 3-0 Leafs. The Leafs would continue to put pressure on Buffalo throughout the period, and were rewarded again midway through, as Jake Gardiner roofed one over Neuvirth to make it 4-0.’

The Sabres very sluggish after their west coast trip

‘This game was as pathetic as it gets as other than Neuvirth it was a no-show from top to bottom. The west coast excuse applies for this game and this game only. They have to be ready to play Thursday.’

Maple Leafs shut out Sabres after changes to lines

‘”Our feet weren’t moving and our brains weren’t either,” Nolan said.’

Sabres’ offense stymied in Toronto

‘The Sabres have scored just three goals in their past six games and have been shut out four times. They have 10 total non-shootout goals in 10 games this season.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks shrug off playing in Buffalo (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Hot start to October (Amerks.com)
Amerks recall MacKenzie from Elmira (Amerks.com)

Hodgson looks to raise shots on goal

‘“It’s always nice to get the first one to start off the year. Other years it’s come a little quicker,” Hodgson said with a smile. “But it’s a nice feeling to help the team win. That’s the biggest thing. It’s good to end the road trip on the right note.”’

Foligno unnerved seeing brother get hurt

‘“It was tough. I was watching the game with some family and obviously you never want to see that,” Marcus Foligno said. “You see it with other players, but it’s different when it’s a family member and your brother. … That was just a freak accident the way he went into the linesman. It was a non-dangerous play that turned scary. Happy that he’s OK.’

Sabres’ Gorges just couldn’t see himself in Leafs’ blue and white

‘“Playing seven and a half, eight years in Montreal, playing against Toronto all those Saturday nights, talking about the history, talking about the rivalry, being a part of it for so long, I didn’t feel like it would’ve been fair to Toronto,” Gorges said inside the First Niagara Center. “Could I have been that same player? Would I have been that same player for them that I was for Montreal? I didn’t think I could give … them what I could.”’

Michal Neuvirth set to start again in net; Nikita Zadorov could play soon

‘The Sabres are essentially stashing the rookie because he doesn’t have a release to play in junior from the Russian club that owns his rights.’

McDavid sweepstakes a ‘double-edged sword’ for Sabres

‘Some Sabres get emails urging them to tank, while forward Patrick Kaleta had a fan tell that to him face-to-face. Such is the attraction of landing the Erie Otters’ junior superstar McDavid first overall at the draft next June, even with the perils of the NHL lottery system.’

Tuesday’s Toronto Coverage

McDavid sweepstakes a ‘double-edged sword’ for Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Game Day: Sabres at Maple Leafs (Toronto Sun)
Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs: Tuesday NHL game preview (Toronto Star)
Sabres-Maple Leafs Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (2-7-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-4-1) (The Sports Network)
Maple Leafs, Sabres look to get offense going (NHL.com)
Keys To The Game: Leafs vs. Sabres (MapleLeafs.com)

The Sabres turn to Neuvirth

‘OK, makes sense, so why the change? Nolan said, “Last game we put in Neuvirth, it was back to back games and all of a sudden he came out and had a great game so, it’s not that we’ve given up on Jhonas, it’s just it’s the hot goaltender right now so you’ve got to go with him.”‘

Neuvirth earns another start

‘“He certainly earned the right to start the season. Jhonas played well throughout the whole training camp and certainly deserved that right. And he’s continued to play well,” Nolan said. “The [Anaheim] game [on Wednesday], we put in Neuvirth because we just felt back-to-back games and then all of a sudden, he came out and had a great game.”‘

Sabres’ hard work pays off with a win

‘The Sabres learned a few things – good and bad – during their six-day trip through California. They know they don’t have the skill to beat elite clubs such as Anaheim and Los Angeles, but they can at least compete if they bring an effort.’