The Sabres Report - March 22, 2015

Rinne makes 24 saves in Predators' 3-0 win over Sabres   


‘”Rinne made some big saves,” Ennis said. “I thought in the third period, we had probably five really good chances to score and couldn’t put one by him. He played well.”‘

Nashville 3, Buffalo 0   

The Sports Network:

‘”Thought Hackett played well. He gave us a chance,” Buffalo head coach Ted Nolan said. “Some posts, some breakaways. Can’t fault the effort.”‘

Predators regain momentum with win over Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”We had probably five really good (chances) to score and couldn’t put one past him,” Ennis said of Rinne.’

Predators Prevail 3-0 Over Sabres   


‘Making his first start since being chased from net in Washington, Hackett faced heavy pressure in the first period but was up to the task, stopping all 17 Nashville shots. The Predators finally broke through at 14:52 of the second on Taylor Beck’s power play goal. Beck got his stick on Shea Weber’s blast right off the faceoff for the 1-0 Nashville lead.’

Sabres trying to play with low energy   


‘The Sabres head coach was also pleased with the way his own netminder played. “I thought he was good,” Nolan said about Hackett. “He gave us a chance. For a kid who sat on the bench for the last couple weeks, patiently waiting. We had a chance to work with him these last couple days to get him prepped for this game and it wasn’t an easy game to play. They have some good shooters on the other team so I thought he played real well.”‘

Predators end home woes, shut out Sabres

‘”They’re a very good team,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “For us to keep battling and fight through and do what we did, especially in that third period, we had a number of scoring chances. We hit the goal post twice and [Tyler Ennis] had a couple of breakaways, so I can’t fault these guys for the effort for sure.”‘

Hackett stops 40 shots in loss to Predators

‘“He gave us a chance,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “For a kid who’s sat on the bench for the last couple weeks and patiently waiting – we had a chance to work with him the last couple days to prep him for this game. It wasn’t an easy game to play. They have some good shooters on the other team so I thought he played real well.”’

Sunday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks special teams falter in loss (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Toronto power play comes alive in 4-1 win over Rochester (CP)
Peters strong in debut, but Amerks fall to Marlies (
Marlies Topple Amerks (

The Sabres Report - March 21, 2015

Saturday's Nashville Coverage

Sabres-Predators Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (20-44-7) at Nashville Predators (43-21-8) (The Sports Network)
Predators need bounce-back effort vs. Sabres (
Game Day: Sabres vs. Preds (

Sabres’ home loss to Devils is a crowd-pleaser   

Buffalo News:

‘While there were certainly pockets of red-clad Devils fans in the generously announced sellout of 19,070, there weren’t enough to reach the decibel levels that came after New Jersey’s goals. There certainly weren’t enough to generate the amount of applause after a Buffalo goal was waved off by video review during the first period.’

Nashville, Dallas need to keep winning   

Buffalo News:

‘Following Friday’s 3-1 loss to over New Jersey, the Sabres boarded their charter for a two-game road trip. They visit Nashville on Saturday and play against Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars on Monday. The games have playoff implications for Buffalo’s opponents.’

Steve Bernier earns new claim to fame in Devils’ win over Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You get a lead on New Jersey, it’s a different game,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “When you try to go from behind, they clog up the middle. It’s going to be a pretty boring game.’

Sabres goalie Anders Lindback possesses elite puck-handling ability   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I keep saying that it’s unreal,” defenseman Nikita Zadorov said Friday prior to the Sabres’ 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils inside the First Niagara Center. “I’ve never seen the goalie handle the puck like a real player, and I think it’s easy for us. We have less pressure, less bobbling the puck off the boards.”’

Saturday's New Jersey Coverage

Steve Bernier’s 2 goals lead Devils post Buffalo Sabres, 3-1 (Newark Star Ledger)
Devils help Buffalo Sabres get even closer to the first overall draft pick (Newark Star Ledger)
Devils’ Keith Kinkaid just missed 1st NHL shutout, but PA announcer gave it to him (Newark Star Ledger)
Photo gallery (Newark Star Ledger)
Devils beat Sabres, 3-1, for third win in row (Bergen Record)
Tootoo nominated (Bergen Record)
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Play of Stafford and Myers makes Winnipeg Jets trade with Sabres cross-border robbery   

Winnipeg Sun:

‘I don’t know if police in Buffalo have an APB out on Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, but they should. This was cross-border robbery.’