The Sabres Report - December 16, 2014

Surging Sabres outlast Senators in shootout

‘”I think it’s one of those things where you turn the corner and you just hope you keep taking off,” forward Marcus Foligno said. “It’s been a while since the feeling has been like this in this room, where confidence is high and you’re getting a lot of production from different lines, where before it wasn’t there. It’s just positive energy. It takes a while to build something here. We’ve got something special going.”‘

Grigorenko recalled from Rochester

‘Grigorenko (5/16/94, 6’3″, 211 lbs), who will join the Sabres for the first time this season, is currently tied for second on the Amerks with seven goals in 2014-15 and has tallied 19 points (7+12) in 27 games played. In 43 NHL games played with the Sabres through parts of two seasons, he has recorded eight points (3+5).’

Sabres use another comeback to extend home dominance

‘“I just kinda got off to the side a little bit where I don’t know if anybody saw me,” said Flynn. “But a shot from the point, kind of lucky, just found my stick and I was able to put it in the open net.”‘

The Sabres Report - December 15, 2014

Other lines chipping in to help Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘Aside from the top line, the only Sabres with more than one goal since Nov. 7 are Gionta (four), Drew Stafford (three), Flynn, Foligno, Torrey Mitchell and Chris Stewart (two each). Ennis, Girgensons and Moulson have accounted for 17 goals and 39 points during that time.’

Strong, balanced offense has buoyed Sabres during hot streak   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“That’s exactly what we talked about,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Saturday. “We’re trying to build a team. A team usually doesn’t rely on one line. That’s where I made reference to Cody Hodgson. It’s not just Cody, it’s his wingers, it’s people that are playing with him that can help make him better. We’re the type of team that need all 20.”‘

Monday's Ottawa Coverage

Game Day Preview: Senators vs. Sabres (Ottawa Citizen)
Senators-Sabres Preview (AP)
Ottawa Senators (12-12-5) at Buffalo Sabres (12-16-2) (The Sports Network)
Sabres look to make it four in a row against Senators (
Gameday Journal: Game 30 – Sabres vs. Senators (

The Sabres Report - December 14, 2014

Sabres win in overtime, Zadorov latest hero   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres finished in a pretty desperate situation with just four defensemen, after both Andrej Meszaros and Josh Gorges didn’t come back for the third period because they were struck by stray shots. Earlier in the day, they announced Mike Weber underwent minor knee surgery Friday and is now out past Christmas. So they will certainly need a reinforcement from Rochester for Monday’s game here against Ottawa.’

Hodgson’s press box stint achieves its goal   

Buffalo News:

‘“It was a good start,” said Hodgson, who hadn’t been scratched since his rookie season of 2010-11. “It’s nice to get on the board offensively but more important to just be part of the team and be on the ice. You miss that being up in the press box.”’

Malarchuk tells all for the benefit of others   

Buffalo News:

‘“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   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“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   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“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 (
Photo gallery (
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)   

The Sports Network:

‘”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   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”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.”‘