Malarchuk tells all for the benefit of others

‘“I’m so glad I did it because it’s very gratifying that it’s reaching people and helping people,” Malarchuk said. “When you play in the NHL, it’s your aspiration as a kid and a young teenager, and you think it’s your purpose in life. Then you retire and the next best thing is probably coaching, so then I coached. I thought that was great, a good purpose.”‘

Nikita Zadorov’s overtime goal puts Sabres past Panthers

‘“Finally I did it and it’s a great feeling, especially in overtime in the National Hockey League,” an excited Zadorov said about one-timing Tyler Ennis’ pass in the left circle. “I probably never had that big a goal in my life. It’s a great feeling and I’m going to try to do it again.”’

Sabres’ Josh Gorges among NHL’s best shot blockers

‘“When I do that, I feel like I still have the ability to use my stick,” he said. “I can guide him to put the puck in a position that is better for me. If he decides to not shoot it, make a move, (I’ve got) half a second to get up and still adjust to the play.”‘

Sunday’s Florida Coverage

Panthers get point in overtime loss to Buffalo Sabres (Miami Herald)
Photo gallery (Miami Herald)
Panthers claw back but fall 4-3 in OT to Sabres (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Photo gallery (FloridaPanthers.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Zadorov leads Sabres over Panthers 4-3 in OT

‘”The team feels good about themselves,” coach Ted Nolan said. “They’re playing hard for one another and when you do that good things happen. So right now, knock on wood, things are going good for us.”‘

Buffalo 4, Florida 3 (OT)

‘”It’s nice to get on the board offensively, but more important to be part of the team and be on the ice,” Hodgson said.’

Zadorov’s goal lifts Sabres past Panthers in OT

‘”Finally, I did it and it’s a great feeling, especially in overtime in the National Hockey League,” Zadorov said. “I probably never had that big a goal in my life. It’s a great feeling and I’m going to try to do it again.”‘

Zadorov’s OT Winner Sends Sabres to 4-3 Win Over Panthers

‘Only two days after being benched against Calgary, Cody Hodgson return to action and snapped a shot past Al Montoya for the 1-0 lead. Hodgson accepted a feed from Patrick Kaleta in the right faceoff circle and placed his wristshot perfectly to put Buffalo ahead 2:06 in. The goal marked Hodgson’s first since October 25, and Kaleta’s first assist since March 7, 2012.’

Sabres try to take advantage of a tired team

‘”We did lay off the gas pedal [in the second period],” said Marcus Foligno. “We were just a little bit lollygagging with our passes, and being cute with getting out of our zone. We should just keep it going up the boards like we have been doing the past three weeks.”‘

Zadorov scores, Sabres top Panthers for third straight

‘”The one thing we talked about early was compete factor,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “If we compete, good things can happen, and now we’re starting to play with some structure and discipline. Anybody can beat anybody on a given night and right now we feel real good. The team feels good about themselves, they’re playing hard for one another, and when you do that, good things happen. So right now, knock on wood, things are going good for us.”‘

Zadarov’s OT winner lifts Sabres over Panthers or 3rd straight win

‘“Finally I did it and it’s a great feeling, especially in overtime in the National Hockey League. I probably never had that big a goal in my life,” he said. “It’s a great feeling and I’m going to try it again.”’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks defeat Hamilton in OT (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Ruhwedel scores in OT as Americans snap six-game losing streak against Bulldogs (CP)
Offense returns for Amerks as they end losing streak (WGR-AM)
Ruhwedel’s OT winner lifts Amerks to 4-3 win over Bulldogs (Amerks.com)
‘Dogs fall to Amerks 4-3 in OT (HamiltonBulldogs.com)

Sabres starting to believe in themselves

‘“You get scored on and you don’t feel like everything is collapsing down on you,” captain Brian Gionta said after practice Friday. “For sure, you can see we’re not anywhere near as fragile a team as we were. Early in the year, a game like last night would have been far gone.”’

Revenge sought on improved Panthers

‘“That’s a team that we definitely owe,” said Sabres forward Marcus Foligno. “We played a pretty good game in their rink but they play really good defensively, force errors and force you to cough up pucks. So we have to be smarter against them.”‘

Sabres’ Matt Moulson finally scoring again

‘“It’s something that compounds itself,” he said. “You want to do well and you want the team to succeed. … Sometimes it’s a tough thing to get out of because the more pressure you put on yourself, the more you want to do well, the worse you play. So I think that was definitely the case with me.”’