Toronto 6, Buffalo 4

‘Chris Stewart supplied two goals and Cody McCormick and Jake McCabe also scored for Buffalo.’

Bozak strong in pre-season debut for Leafs, who lose Tallinder to injury

‘As Toronto looks for depth on the blue-line, Tallinder’s chances of making the team were dealt a serious blow when he went shoulder-first into the boards on a hit from former Sabres teammate Mike Weber, who also landed on top of him. He did not return.’

Sabres coach Nolan switches stance on fighting

‘“People are always questioning whether I’ve softened,” Nolan said before Friday’s pre-season game against Toronto. “I’ve never softened. I don’t like bullies, I’ve never liked bullies and I don’t think there’s a place for them. And sometimes when bullies are out there you have to defend yourself; that’s what happened in the past (but) they’re not as relevant now.”’

Leafs Take Down Sabres 6-4

‘Michal Neuvirth struggled in net, stopping 16 of 22 shots.’

Sabres and Leafs rivals in the preseason too

‘I liked the fact that Drew Stafford answered the challenge and fought Dion Phaneuf despite it being a preseason game.’

The Sabres trim the roster by 13

‘Buffalo’s training camp roster is now at 38 players, 21 forwards, 12 defensemen and five goaltenders.’

Bozak helps Maple Leafs past Sabres

‘Dion Phaneuf and Leo Komarov each had one goal and one assist for Toronto, which was outshot 38-22. James Reimer made 34 saves.’

Intensity runs high in Sabres’ preseason loss to Toronto

‘“Anytime you play a team in your division, it’s definitely going to be a big game whether it’s exhibition or whatever. With them being so close, your emotions run high.”’

Sabres assign 11 to Rochester; return 2 to junior clubs

‘The following players have been assigned to Rochester: Forwards: Luke Adam (pending waivers), William Carrier, Daniel Catenacci, Colin Jacobs, Justin Kea, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Kevin Sundher and Philip Varone. Defensemen: Brady Austin, Jerome Leduc and Chad Ruhwedel.’

Pegula’s purchase of Bills pleases Grier

‘“You can tell he loves the city,” Grier said of Pegula before coaching in the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. “He’s very passionate about all things Buffalo. From that point, I think it’s exciting to have another owner after Mr. Wilson passed away who is equally in love with the Bills and to keep them here and put some money into the organization.”’

Sabres Starting Fresh In Net With Enroth, Neuvirth

‘”That’s what our message was to our players: It’s a fresh beginning,” coach Ted Nolan said. “We appreciate everything Ryan did, but now it’s Jhonas and Neuvirth’s time.”‘

Ex-Canadiens defenceman Gorges stands by decision not to accept trade to Leafs

‘”I just said, ‘I’m a heart-and-soul player. It’s the only reason I can be good at this level is I have to play and commit with my heart,’” Gorges said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Wednesday after practice at First Niagara Centre. “And after playing against them for that many years of being our No. 1 rival, I just didn’t think it would’ve been fair to them. I wouldn’t have been the same player that they would’ve expected me to be.”‘

Nolan and the Sabres eye test

‘Mikhail Grigorenko can be used as a great example of how the eye test can tell the story for a young player. Many fans have bemoaned the fact that the 2012 first round pick did not play on one of the top lines with the blue and gold. That somehow he was almost set up to fail by the coaches. But by watching his play it became very evident very quickly that Grigorenko was struggling to keep up with the play early in his first season.’

Buffalo Sabres don’t buy last-place predictions

‘”Everyone outside the room doesn’t give us much of a chance,” said right wing Brian Gionta. “But our hope and goal is to make the playoffs.”‘

Sabres find the fun has returned

‘“There’s definitely a lot of new guys and fun guys. It’s nice to be in the locker room. It’s louder, a little bit more energy than last year, of course. I hope we can keep that going. It’s been a fun week, so I’m looking forward to the next days coming up.”’