Big third period pushes Sabres past Canucks

‘If Thursday’s 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks was the final game for a few players, they gave the Sabres one heck of a goodbye before a capacity crowd of 19,070 fans inside the First Niagara Center.’

Buffalo homecoming special for Canucks’ Adam Clendening

‘Thursday was special for Clendening, the 36th pick in 2011. About 15 family members and friends watched his 17th NHL game, including his father, Frank, and mother, Ann.’

Friday’s Vancouver Coverage

Canucks fall on their own sword to end road trip (Vancouver Province)
We’ve seen this routine from the Canucks before (Vancouver Province)
Biega making people forget about Bieksa (Vancouver Province)
Sabres unload on uninspired Canucks, 6-3 (Vancouver Sun)
Photo gallery (Vancouver Sun)
Canucks stunned by league-worst Sabres (24 Hours Vancouver)
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Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Sabres stun Canucks 6-3 on Mitchell’s 2 goals

‘”We came at them in waves,” Stewart said. “It was probably one of the few games this year that we’ve had four lines rolling top to bottom.”‘

Sabres forward Girgensons to miss at least 2 weeks

‘Girgensons was hurt after being struck in the lower right leg by a shot in a 4-2 win at Columbus on Tuesday. As for Ennis, who sustained a lower body injury against Columbus, Nolan would only say that he would not play against Vancouver.’

Buffalo 6, Vancouver 3

‘Andrej Meszaros, Chris Stewart and Brian Flynn also lit the lamp with Matt Moulson adding a pair of helpers for the Sabres, who have won two in a row ahead of a five-game road trip.’

Sabres’ Girgensons sidelined with ankle injury

‘”We will see him before the end of the season,” Nolan said before Thursday’s game against Vancouver. “It’s bad, but not as bad as we thought.”‘

Short-handed Sabres skate past Canucks

‘”It takes a little while to restructure and rebuild and get the players buying what you’re trying to sell and compete and work, and now they’re doing it,” Nolan said. “Don’t feel sorry for yourself when they score a goal and you’re down. You keep going.”‘

Sabres’ Girgensons out at least 2 weeks

‘Center Tyler Ennis is also listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury suffered at Columbus, while defenseman Mike Weber (upper body injury) is set to return for Thursday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks after missing two games.’

Sabres Double Up Canucks 6-3

‘Buffalo grabbed the lead back with just over seven minutes left in the third, as Torrey Mitchell netted his second of the night. This one coming off of a rebound from a point shot on a wide open Vancouver net to give Buffalo the 4-3 advantage. Buffalo would salt the victory away with just over 90 seconds remaining as Brian Flynn ripped home the 5th goal of the game to put Buffalo up for good. Brian Gionta added one more empty netter for good measure.’

Sabres slow the game down against Vancouver

‘Wow, talk about playing down to the competition, Vancouver did just that in the first period. They got out of it tied at one because they scored on their only scoring chance of the period.’

Mitchell scores two, helps Sabres defeat Canucks

‘”Our two leading scorers being out, other guys need to step up,” Mitchell said. “I felt like it was a group effort tonight and everyone picked up their slack a little bit.”‘

Strong team effort leads Sabres over Canucks

‘“We want to keep building. We know where we are in the season and we need to continue to play a certain way in order to have success,” captain Brian Gionta, who had an empty-net goal and two assists, said. “That’s the culture we’re trying to instill and have going forward. We can’t wait until next year for it.”’

Sabres recall Varone and Dalpe

‘Dalpe (6’1”, 195 lbs., 11/1/89) joins the Sabres for the second time this season since signing with the club in July 2014. With Rochester, Dalpe currently leads the team in goals (16) and has collected 28 points in 44 games played this season.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Kea willing to fight for role with Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)