Wednesday’s San Jose Coverage

San Jose Sharks lose road trip finale to Buffalo Sabres 4-1 (San Jose Mercury News)
Arturs Irbe dresses for Buffalo Sabres in game against Sharks (San Jose Mercury News)
Sharks embarrassed by league-worst Sabres (CSN Bay Area)
Sharks at Sabres Infographic (SJSharks.com)
Photo gallery (SJSharks.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Gionta scores 2 in Sabres’ 4-1 win over Sharks

‘”It was a big relief,” said Gionta, who signed with Buffalo in free agency last summer. “It’s been a long time. It weighs on you a little bit.”‘

Sabres goalie Neuvirth injured in 1st period

‘Neuvirth was making the splits after stopping Justin Braun’s shot with 2:41 left, when Sabres teammate Tyler Ennis crashed into the goalie. Ennis knocked the puck across the crease, but the goal was disallowed because the referee ruled Braun interfered with Neuvirth.’

Sabres forward Kaleta snowed-in for game vs Sharks

‘Sabres assistant GM Mark Jakubowski and head athletic trainer Tim Macre, who also live south of Buffalo, were also unable to attend the game.’

Buffalo 4, San Jose 1

‘”We didn’t let our emotions get away from us and lose the game,” Gionta said of his team’s composure.’

Gionta scores twice in Sabres’ win

‘”You’ve got to do it yourself,” the Sabres right winger said. “It’s one of those games where you can certainly get lulled to sleep pretty quick or lose that energy. You’ve got to create from within and I thought we did a good job of that.”‘

Sabres now have two straight wins

‘This was a game where the team did the small things well throughout. Whether it was Stafford or Gionta or Flynn or Ennis or Strachan or Weber, when you go the extra mile, you can win hockey games.’

Gionta leads Sabres past Sharks; Neuvirth injured

‘“That’s one thing … they talk about Gionta’s lack of scoring before, but the one thing he has been really bringing to the forefront is his leadership, and those type of things that happen to us, he’s the first one to say, just keep going, keep going, keep going,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “That line (Gionta, Flynn and Torrey Mitchell) tonight I thought was our best line by far.”’

Irbe dresses in 1st NHL game since 2004 in Sabres victory

‘Irbe ended up signing a professional try-out contract, strapped on a pair of Enroth’s pads, put on a glove and blocker that used to belong to Ryan Miller and was given a helmet from parts unknown.’

Girgensons leading Sabres’ offensive revival

‘“It’s just a case of getting the chances,” Girgensons said Monday. “Playing with Moulson and Ennis has opened up a lot of ice and given us a lot of opportunities to score. There’s a time where you can catch the other team off their guard, a little bit flat-footed. You can really get some good opportunities that way and that’s what I’ve been doing.”’

Zadorov looks like he’ll stay put

‘The Buffalo Sabres have pretty much made the call on the 19-year-old Zadorov staying with their defense corps, as he reaches his ninth game of the season tonight against San Jose. His 10th game would be Thursday against the New York Rangers and that would kick in the first-year of his entry-level contract. “I try not to assume, but I’m more than positive he’s earned his keep,” coach Ted Nolan said after practice Monday.’

Ex-Sabre ‘Dominator’ Hasek inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

‘“I was very lucky,” Hasek said. “I was lucky to be traded from Chicago to Buffalo. I became a starting goalie, had support of the organization. Then later to play on the Detroit Red Wings team with so many Hall of Famers, I have no regrets with what I’ve done through my career.”’

Sabres finally have goal scoring and top line

‘“Those players lead the way for you,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Monday. “It took us a little while to find ours, but it looks like we got one going pretty good right now.”‘

Nikita Zadorov will stay in Buffalo

‘“He was benched and scratched at the rookie camp at Traverse City,” Nolan said. “So no one gave him the benefit of the doubt of making this team. We worked at it. We worked with him. Things are really working out.”’

Tuesday’s San Jose Coverage

Sharks-Sabres Preview (AP)
San Jose Sharks (10-8-2) at Buffalo Sabres (4-13-2) (The Sports Network)
Sabres turn back to Neuvirth against Sabres (NHL.com)