The Sabres Report - February 5, 2016

Spooner delivers as Bruins edge Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”We barely had a chance to sit on (the lead),” Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We gave it back to them.”‘

Sam Reinhart’s shot is catching up to his hockey IQ   

Sportsnet:

‘“You don’t see that very often from players at this level,” he says, “that much improvement in their game.”’

Bruins stump Sabres 3-2 in a shootout   

WGR-AM:

‘Some pourous defense by the Sabres just as Boston was coming back to even strength has allowed the visitors to tie the game. Brad Marchand makes a nice play through the legs of Zach Bogosian and beats Chad Johnson on a shot the goalie should stop. 2-2 tie.’

Sabres-Bruins: From the Locker Room   

WGR-AM:

‘”We had our opportunities to win, so it’s a little bit frustrating. The best thing about this league is you get another opportunity and even better, it’s against those guys in Boston in a couple days. We’re gonna prepare and refocus on playing these guys again.”‘

Murray getting ready for NHL Trade Deadline   

WGR-AM:

‘”I don’t know that yet. I’m not selling today,” Murray said. “It’s going to take a lot of winning by us and a lot of losing by other teams, but you have two to three weeks to show me that we either are in contention or not, and then I’ll act accordingly at that time. When it’s time to make trades, I believe in two weeks or so it’ll be pretty clear what we should do. I don’t have the answer. I’m leaning a certain way, but I’m gonna wait to see what our players and coaching staff do between now and then to show me exactly where we are.”‘

Bruins top Sabres on Spooner's shootout goal   

NHL.com:

‘The game made it to the shootout despite the fact both the Sabres and Bruins had power-play opportunities in overtime. The Bruins nearly won it on their power-play chance when Patrice Bergeron took a shot in front of the net, but Johnson made a highlight-reel save.’

Sabres can't protect early lead in shootout loss to Boston   

Sabres.com:

‘”Even in the end we had our opportunities to win so it’s a little bit frustrating,” Reinhart said. “The best thing about this League is you get another opportunity and even better, it’s against those guys in Boston in a couple days so we’re going to prepare and focus on playing these guys again.”‘

Friday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Sticking with the status quo not working for Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - February 4, 2016

Thursday's Boston Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Bruins-Sabres Preview (AP)
Sabres’ Johnson likely to start against Bruins (NHL.com)

Larsson’s the driving force in victory by Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“Larsson’s been playing in a match-up role for us, playing on a line for us that’s playing against other team’s best players and he’s done a good job doing it,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “He just hasn’t been able to find the score sheet. I think tonight he was rewarded for that. Nice to see him get it and get it the right way – going to the net and being strong on his stick.”’

Reinhart quietly having a solid season   

Buffalo News:

‘“I think he’s had the benefit of going under the radar a little bit,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Wednesday after his team’s morning skate. “There wasn’t a big story about Sam. There hasn’t been a big story about Sam. We’ve seen him really improve his game. He’s on pace to score what could be 20-23 goals.’

Quick hits: Sabres 4, Montreal 2   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres are now 6-0-1 in their last seven road games against Atlantic Division opponents. It is the first time in franchise history has picked up points in seven straight divisional road games.’

A power play that changed everything   

Le Journal de Montreal:

‘”This team is capable of winning, especially to win hotly contested matches, said Gionta. We showed a great strength of character and it is very rewarding.”‘

Josh Gorges and Brian Gionta care Sabres and not the Canadian   

RDS:

‘”It is certain that the scale of such a sequence becomes more daunting in Montreal. You can not escape it, hockey is the topic of discussion in this city, “admitted Gorges about a comparison with Buffalo and other cities in the NHL.’

Thursday's Montreal Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Canadiens slide even further after loss to Sabres (Montreal Gazette)
The Canadiens are done for this season (Montreal Gazette)
‘The system isn’t the problem’, Pacioretty says (Montreal Gazette)
Photo gallery (Montreal Gazette)
The art of losing (Le Journal de Montreal)
“We find ways to lose” – Brendan Gallagher (Le Journal de Montreal)
Therrien: “It will be very difficult to make the playoffs” (Le Journal de Montreal)
A power play that changed everything (Le Journal de Montreal)
“It will be very difficult to make the playoffs,” said Therrien (La Presse)
Montreal’s ineptitude results in unsurprising 4-2 loss to Buffalo (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Therrien: No change in timeline for Price return despite video showing setback (CP)
On lap Sabres defeat the Canadian who loses 4th straight game (RDS)
The Canadian, a team deflated in the third period (RDS)
Josh Gorges and Brian Gionta care Sabres and not the Canadian (RDS)
United front (Canadiens.com)
The Numbers Game: February 3, 2016 (Canadiens.com)
Photo gallery (Canadiens.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)