Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Sabres send Mark Pysyk, Jake McCabe to Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Gionta gives Sabres a lesson in intensity

‘“There’s got to be some urgency,” he said. “There’s got to be a care factor. At some point, it’s got to equate to the ice and you’ve got to play with that edge.”’

Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons earning ‘legendary’ status

‘Girgensons, who’s starting his second NHL season, is beginning to showcase some supreme talent to match his grit and work ethic. The 20-year-old center has arguably been the Sabres’ best player through four games. Before netting the shootout winner in Tuesday’s 4-3 triumph in Carolina, he scored in the first two games.’

Sabres earn season’s first win in shootout

‘“It’s been a tough start for us, and we felt this was the night,” Enroth said. “It was pretty emotional to win that game.”’

Nolan benches Meszaros, sends a message

‘“We can’t sit out 10 guys,” said Nolan, who made it clear he won’t hesitate to bench anyone. “Nobody’s safe from that position, and I mean nobody.”’

Wednesday’s Carolina Coverage

Carolina Hurricanes lose 4-3 in a shootout; Sekera injured (Raleigh News and Observer)
Kids’ contributions are Hurricanes’ recipe for success (Raleigh News and Observer)
Canes’ Skinner eager to play, mindful of concussion risks (Raleigh News and Observer)
Photo gallery (Raleigh News and Observer)
Injury-plagued Hurricanes lose in shootout as late comeback falls short (Fox Sports Carolinas)
Canes Fight Back to Earn Point (
Photo gallery (
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Sabres beat Hurricanes 4-3 in shootout for 1st win

‘”When you’re going through what we’re going through, you have to take baby steps,” second-year coach Ted Nolan said. “I’ve never questioned the character of this team one time. We weren’t playing very well for whatever reason, but we have to find a solution to our problems and tonight we had some big performances. Overall, sometimes you’ll take an ugly win over a beautiful loss.”‘

Buffalo 4, Carolina 3 (SO)

‘After Buffalo’s Matt Moulson and Carolina’s Chris Terry were successful on tries early in the shootout, 12 straight shots were either turned away or off the mark before Girgensons delivered the game-winner.’

Sabres edge ‘Canes in battle of winless teams

‘”You want to be a power forward and it all comes down to those situations,” Foligno said. “The second goal was a great showing of what I can do.”‘

Sabres 1st Win Comes In Marathon Shootout, 4-3 Over Canes

‘Terry contributed on the tying goal at 18:12 of the third, assisting on Zach Boychuk’s power play goal. Boychuk’s shot tucked under the crossbar and immediately popped out of the net, prompting the ref to signal no goal. A brief review showed that Boychuck’s chance was good, tying the score 3-3. After a scoreless overtime, the two sides headed to a shootout, where Girgensons ended it in the 8th round. Matt Moulson and Chris Terry were the only two players to find the net before Girgensons’ winner.’

Two teams look first their first wins

‘”It’s something that’s fixable,” Foligno said about the team’s third period struggles. “We have confidence now and this win really does help out. Now we have to focus on the next game, but good teams finish off games and play a full 60 minutes.”‘

Sabres outlast Hurricanes in marathon shootout

‘Matt Moulson scored for Buffalo in the opening round of the shootout, but Terry responded in the second. Neither team for the next five rounds until Girgensons finally won it for the Sabres.’

Sabres overcome Hurricanes in shootout for 1st win

‘“I’ve never questioned the character of this team once. We weren’t playing very well for whatever reason,” Nolan said. “We have to find a solution to our problems and work it out together. Tonight, we had some big performances.”’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks react to Trevor Gillies’ suspension (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Tuesday’s Carolina Coverage

Sabres-Hurricanes Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (0-3-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-0) (The Sports Network)
Sabres, Hurricanes seeking first win of season (
Gameday: Sabres vs. Hurricanes (