The Sabres Report - January 23, 2015

Tanking or trying? Sabres answer   

ESPN:

‘”It does require patience,” Black said. “What we’re doing on-ice with the rebuild, if you project to next year’s draft, we will have been in a four-year draft cycle where we will have had 17 first- and second-round picks. That’s the most in franchise history.”‘

Sabres' Girgensons looks forward to All-Star weekend   

NHL.com:

‘”They take pride in hockey. Latvian fans are absolutely crazy about it. First thing they always look forward to is the World Championship every year. Whenever there is an NHL player from Latvia, they admire the guy that has taken that route and they support him.”‘

Friday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks’ Catenacci making up for lost time (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks poised for turnaround (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The comeback kids (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - January 22, 2015

Sabres’ numbers paint a picture that’s worth a thousand four-letter words   

Buffalo News:

‘-26: The rating of defenseman Josh Gorges, who is last in the NHL.’

How Not to Do a Banner Ceremony   

Artvoice:

‘And just like that it was over. If you were at that game and expecting video vignettes of career highlights, from Nagano, or those highlight reel saves, you were disappointed. What you did see were two vintage commercials starring Hasek and promoting Adelphia Power Link. A brutal reminder of a failed criminal corporation which almost cost Buffalo its team.’

Hockey is defining passion for Latvians who voted Girgensons into all-star game   

CP:

‘”People plan their vacations around their national team,” said Nolan, who now coaches the Sabres. “It’s not a fluid country where the people have a lot of extra cash and a lot of extra money. But this is a part of life they really enjoy, and they save and they use it as a vacation.”‘

The Sabres Report - January 20, 2015

Captain Kootenay   

Cranbrook Daily Townsman:

‘“[The Sabres] are always keeping a close eye. So that’s always nice.”’

Sabres reassign Fs Ellis, Varone   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Ellis, 33, is scoreless in four NHL games this season. He has seven goals and 13 assists in 36 games with Rochester.’

The Sabres Report - January 19, 2015

Red Wings send Sabres to 11th straight loss   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres were on fire to start the game, taking a 3-0 first period lead and chasing starting goaltender Petr Mrazek in front of 20,027 at Joe Louis Arena. But then came the second period. Cue the collapse.’

Mentally fatigued, Ristolainen sits   

Buffalo News:

‘“Some guys sit for lack of effort, for lack of a few things,” Nolan said. “With Ristolainen it’s none of the above. His hockey intelligence, his wanting to, his willing to, is all there. Just sometimes with young kids, especially the year that we’re having, you put them in that tough situation game after game after game, it wears on anybody.”’

Monday's Detroit Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Zetterberg rallies Red Wings from 3 down to win (Detroit News)
Under NHL glare, Nyquist and Tatar come of age (Detroit News)
Wings’ defensive pair excels by cutting risks (Detroit News)
Photo gallery (Detroit News)
Zetterberg’s hat trick comes in 3rd (Detroit Free Press)
Jimmy Howard’s All-Star plans: Stay home, nurse groin (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit 6, Buffalo 4: Why the Red Wings won (Detroit Free Press)
Photo gallery (Detroit Free Press)
Henrik Zetterberg scores three goals in third period to cap comeback (Ann Arbor News)
Henrik Zetterberg’s leadership, sixth career hat trick lifts Red Wings to comeback win after ugly start (Ann Arbor News)
Red Wings’ goaltender Tom McCollum relishes first NHL win (Ann Arbor News)
Photo gallery (Ann Arbor News)
Wings still learning about Mrazek (Windsor Star)
Zetterberg helps Wings shake off poor start in comeback (Fox Sports Detroit)
Zetterberg, McCollum lead ‘embarrassed’ Wings to come-from-behind win (Fox Sports Detroit)
McCollum’s drive leads to right exit (DetroitRedWings.com)
Photo gallery (DetroitRedWings.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Zetterberg's hat trick lifts Detroit to 6-4 win over Sabres   

AP:

‘Buffalo barely put any pressure on the Red Wings after that early lead. McCollum, whose only other NHL appearance came in 2011, was credited with only seven saves in over 45 minutes of action.’

Detroit 6, Buffalo 4   

The Sports Network:

‘Tyler Ennis totaled two goals and three points for the Sabres, whose franchise-record losing streak reached 11 games. Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford also provided offense with Nikita Zadorov adding two helpers in the loss.’

Red Wings rally to defeat Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”We had a great first period, maybe our best period of the year,” Ennis said. “But it sounds like a broken record, we took some penalties and they came out strong in the second.”‘

Zetterberg, Red Wings Rally For 6-4 Win   

WGR-AM:

‘Buffalo took the surprising three-goal lead into the first intermission, outshooting Detroit 8-5, but the Red Wings stormed back in the second.’