The Sabres Report - April 13, 2014

Bruins clinch NHL's top record, beat Sabres 4-1   

AP:

‘Boston dominated the game between the teams at opposite ends of the standings.’

Sabres G Hackett taken off ice on stretcher   

AP:

‘Hackett remained sprawled on the ice, face down, as medical personnel came to his aid. After more than five minutes, he was carefully placed on a wheeled stretcher.’

Boston 4, Buffalo 1   

The Sports Network:

‘Cody Hodgson scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who will host the New York Islanders on Sunday to close the disastrous 2013-14 season. Buffalo, which has lost six in a row, will finish with the worst record in the NHL.’

Sabres G Hackett leaves on stretcher    

The Sports Network:

‘”It doesn’t look good right now,” said Sabres coach Ted Nolan. “We’ll wrap him up as best we can, get him back home, have our doctors look at him.”‘

Bruins clinch Presidents' Trophy   

The Sports Xchange:

‘LW Ville Leino of Buffalo, who made $4 million this season and still has $11 million owed over the next three years, moved a step closer to a goal-less season as a healthy scratch. He will likely be a compliance buyout during the offseason.’

Sabres Decimated By Injuries in 4-1 Loss in Boston   

WGR-AM:

‘In addition to Hackett, Chris Stewart, Brian Flynn, Matt D’Agostini and Christian Ehrhoff headed to the dressing room early.’

Sabres' Ehrhoff has a rough afternoon   

WGR-AM:

‘Christian Ehrhoff has been on the ice for all three Boston goals and is minus six in his last four games.’

Bruins win to clinch Presidents' Trophy   

NHL.com:

‘The Sabres (21-51-9) lost their sixth in a row. Goaltender Matt Hackett sustained a leg injury in the third period and was taken from the ice on a stretcher.’

Sabres lose 5 players due to injury as Bruins clinch President's Trophy   

Sabres.com:

‘“There’s not much to say. I’ve never seen anything like that. To go through that on the bench, that’s quite a bit of a challenge,” Sabres alternate captain Drew Stafford said. “…That’s a heck of a team over there. That’s going to be a challenge with four lines and six D let alone we’ve got two lines and four D maybe after a while.”‘

Sunday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks win fifth straight in shootout (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Varone scores shootout winner as Americans slip past Bulldogs (CP)
Amerks extend win streak to five with shootout win over Bulldogs (Amerks.com)
Amerks squeeze past ‘Dogs 4-3 in shootout (HamiltonBulldogs.com)

The Sabres Report - April 12, 2014

Flynn’s versatility earns him ice time with Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“I got a lot of experience this year, and being versatile maybe helps you stay in the league a little longer,” Flynn said. “Obviously, I will play whatever position I have to play to be in the lineup.”’

Saturday's Boston Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Sabres-Bruins Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (21-50-9) at Boston Bruins (53-18-9) (The Sports Network)
Bruins look to wrap up Presidents’ Trophy vs. Sabres (NHL.com)
Snapshots: Bruins vs. Sabres (BostonBruins.com)

Sabres Nolan likely to let his staff go at seasons end   

WGR-AM:

‘Doug McKenney has been the Sabres strength and conditioning coach for 20 years. Nolan has been very vocal in the past month about how he thinks the Sabres are not well conditioned which he feels has led to numerous injuries. Nolan also wants to see drastic changes to the offseason training program.’

Sabres send Makarov to Rochester. Knapp called up.   

WGR-AM:

‘Knapp was a 6th round pick in 2009 and just last year was ahead of Nathan Lieuwen and Makarov on the depth chart. He went 1-6 in Rochester and was sent down to the East Coast League and this could very well be the only time he’ll ever be in a NHL uniform.’

Connor Knapp Recalled From Rochester   

Sabres.com:

‘Knapp (5/1/90, 6’5″, 206 lbs) joins the Sabres for the first time since being acquired by the club in the sixth round (164th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was recalled by Rochester from the ECHL on March 17.’