The Sabres Report - November 20, 2014

Sabres prospect Justin Bailey dominating OHL   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He’s an electrifying player,” Kitchener Rangers coach Troy Smith said by phone Wednesday. “Whenever he’s out there, our fans, you can kind of hear the buzz in the building just because of his speed and his ability. He has the ability at this level to take over a game when he feels like he needs to.”‘

Sabres call up goalie Lieuwen from minors   


‘Neuvirth is out indefinitely after being hurt in the first period of a 4-1 win over San Jose. He appeared to be injured late in the period during a collision with teammate Tyler Ennis.’

Irbe enjoys brief 2-period NHL return with Sabres   


‘”I said, ‘Ted, I haven’t donned a uniform in seven years,'” Irbe said, recalling the conversation he had with Sabres coach Ted Nolan during the first intermission. “And he said, ‘It doesn’t matter. Now you will.'”‘

Sabres recall a goalie   


‘Lieuwen joins the Sabres for his second career recall since being drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In a seven-game stint with the Sabres last season, Lieuwen compiled a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.’

Lieuwen recalled from Amerks

‘In Rochester this season, Lieuwen has appeared in 10 games, recording a 3-4-0 record and a 3.53 goals-against average. Last season, Lieuwen ranked fourth in save percentage and tied for seventh in goals-against average among AHL netminders, respectively. He has appeared in 46 career AHL games, compiling a 21-17-4 record, a 2.59 goals-against average and a save percentage of .906.’

The Sabres Report - November 19, 2014

Sabres have a winning streak   

Buffalo News:

‘Coming on the heels of Saturday’s 6-2 win over Toronto and even the 6-3 loss last Thursday in Minnesota, the moribund Buffalo offense continued its renaissance even in a game when the Sabres were outshot, 30-14.’

Sharks a bit mystified by losing streak to Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘They haven’t won in Buffalo since Dec. 2, 2005 – that’s their only win in Buffalo in 17 tries.’

Hasek was best because he was himself   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘”I was lucky to get this goalie coach (Mitch Korn) who never really tried to change my style. But sometimes it was difficult to listen to people — like my style is not good,” said Hasek, whose No. 39 will be retired Jan. 13 when the Sabres host Detroit. “I’m glad that I could prove that my style is good enough.”‘

Brian Gionta’s first goals lead Sabres past Sharks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Consider what transpired as the Sabres won consecutive games for the first time this season…’.

Former Sabres tough guy John Scott enjoying time with Sharks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Scott has made his six appearances memorable. He scored his third NHL goal in his season debut, flattened the Islanders’ Mikhail Grabovski in his second game and earned a two-game suspension for his role in a brawl in his fifth appearance.’

Wednesday's San Jose Coverage

San Jose Sharks lose road trip finale to Buffalo Sabres 4-1 (San Jose Mercury News)
Arturs Irbe dresses for Buffalo Sabres in game against Sharks (San Jose Mercury News)
Sharks embarrassed by league-worst Sabres (CSN Bay Area)
Sharks at Sabres Infographic (
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Gionta scores 2 in Sabres' 4-1 win over Sharks   


‘”It was a big relief,” said Gionta, who signed with Buffalo in free agency last summer. “It’s been a long time. It weighs on you a little bit.”‘

Sabres goalie Neuvirth injured in 1st period   


‘Neuvirth was making the splits after stopping Justin Braun’s shot with 2:41 left, when Sabres teammate Tyler Ennis crashed into the goalie. Ennis knocked the puck across the crease, but the goal was disallowed because the referee ruled Braun interfered with Neuvirth.’

Sabres forward Kaleta snowed-in for game vs Sharks   


‘Sabres assistant GM Mark Jakubowski and head athletic trainer Tim Macre, who also live south of Buffalo, were also unable to attend the game.’

Buffalo 4, San Jose 1   

The Sports Network:

‘”We didn’t let our emotions get away from us and lose the game,” Gionta said of his team’s composure.’