The Sabres Report - December 14, 2014

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)
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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.”‘

Zadorov's OT Winner Sends Sabres to 4-3 Win Over Panthers   


‘Only two days after being benched against Calgary, Cody Hodgson return to action and snapped a shot past Al Montoya for the 1-0 lead. Hodgson accepted a feed from Patrick Kaleta in the right faceoff circle and placed his wristshot perfectly to put Buffalo ahead 2:06 in. The goal marked Hodgson’s first since October 25, and Kaleta’s first assist since March 7, 2012.’

Sabres try to take advantage of a tired team   


‘”We did lay off the gas pedal [in the second period],” said Marcus Foligno. “We were just a little bit lollygagging with our passes, and being cute with getting out of our zone. We should just keep it going up the boards like we have been doing the past three weeks.”‘

Zadorov scores, Sabres top Panthers for third straight

‘”The one thing we talked about early was compete factor,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “If we compete, good things can happen, and now we’re starting to play with some structure and discipline. Anybody can beat anybody on a given night and right now we feel real good. The team feels good about themselves, 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.”‘

Zadarov's OT winner lifts Sabres over Panthers or 3rd straight win

‘“Finally I did it and it’s a great feeling, especially in overtime in the National Hockey League. I probably never had that big a goal in my life,” he said. “It’s a great feeling and I’m going to try it again.”’

Sunday's Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks defeat Hamilton in OT (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Ruhwedel scores in OT as Americans snap six-game losing streak against Bulldogs (CP)
Offense returns for Amerks as they end losing streak (WGR-AM)
Ruhwedel’s OT winner lifts Amerks to 4-3 win over Bulldogs (
‘Dogs fall to Amerks 4-3 in OT (

The Sabres Report - December 13, 2014

Sabres starting to believe in themselves   

Buffalo News:

‘“You get scored on and you don’t feel like everything is collapsing down on you,” captain Brian Gionta said after practice Friday. “For sure, you can see we’re not anywhere near as fragile a team as we were. Early in the year, a game like last night would have been far gone.”’

Revenge sought on improved Panthers   

Buffalo News:

‘“That’s a team that we definitely owe,” said Sabres forward Marcus Foligno. “We played a pretty good game in their rink but they play really good defensively, force errors and force you to cough up pucks. So we have to be smarter against them.”‘

Sabres’ Matt Moulson finally scoring again   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s something that compounds itself,” he said. “You want to do well and you want the team to succeed. … Sometimes it’s a tough thing to get out of because the more pressure you put on yourself, the more you want to do well, the worse you play. So I think that was definitely the case with me.”’

Sabres’ Cody Hodgson set to return from benching   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You don’t need Cody to be banging bodies,” Nolan said inside the First Niagara Center. “We don’t need him to be blocking shots. We need him to have that offensive threat every time he’s on the ice. So we just kind of talked about those type of things, try to play the way he’s capable of playing, and that’s grab the puck and go to the net. … I think he’s trying to do too much in all areas of the ice.”‘

Saturday's Florida Coverage

Preview: Panthers at Sabres, 7 p.m., Saturday (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Panthers-Sabres Preview (AP)
Florida Panthers (12-8-7) at Buffalo Sabres (11-16-2) (The Sports Network)
Panthers seek winning streak facing Sabres (

Sabres continue to battle for respect

‘“We’re kind of making our way up there. We’re kind of getting to the middle of the pack, hopefully soon. A playoff spot is close,” Sabres forward Marcus Foligno said after practice Friday at First Niagara Center. “It’s something you’re always checking. We want to get back in a playoff spot and that eighth spot is pretty close.”’