The Sabres Report - January 19, 2015

Zetterberg's hat trick lifts Detroit to 6-4 win over Sabres   

AP:

‘Buffalo barely put any pressure on the Red Wings after that early lead. McCollum, whose only other NHL appearance came in 2011, was credited with only seven saves in over 45 minutes of action.’

Detroit 6, Buffalo 4   

The Sports Network:

‘Tyler Ennis totaled two goals and three points for the Sabres, whose franchise-record losing streak reached 11 games. Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford also provided offense with Nikita Zadorov adding two helpers in the loss.’

Red Wings rally to defeat Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”We had a great first period, maybe our best period of the year,” Ennis said. “But it sounds like a broken record, we took some penalties and they came out strong in the second.”‘

Zetterberg, Red Wings Rally For 6-4 Win   

WGR-AM:

‘Buffalo took the surprising three-goal lead into the first intermission, outshooting Detroit 8-5, but the Red Wings stormed back in the second.’

Sabres get off to a very fast start, but..   

WGR-AM:

‘”Kind of bipolar,” said Ennis. “We had a great first period, maybe our best period of the year. Then, I kind of sound like a broken record, but we took some penalties and gave them a chance to get back in it. They came on strong and took it to us in the second.”‘

Zetterberg's hat trick leads Red Wings past Sabres   

NHL.com:

‘The Red Wings outshot the Sabres 9-1 in the second period and Buffalo had seven shots over the final 40 minutes.’

Buffalo heads into All-Star break after defeat in Detroit   

Sabres.com:

‘“It’s almost like one of those poison pills now. Every time it happens, we just cringe and we haven’t got no confidence in our penalty killing unit right now,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “When that happened, it was really a momentum changer. But you can’t go through a hockey [game] mistake-free. There’s going to be mistakes and there are going to be some things we shouldn’t do. It’s just one of those things.”’

Monday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks defeat Oklahoma City (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Barons lose a wild game to Americans 8-7 (Oklahoma City Oklahoman)
Amerks top Barons in wild 8-7 shootout win (Amerks.com)
Amerks overcome late deficit, beat OKC in shootout (OKCBarons.com)

The Sabres Report - January 18, 2015

Sunday's Detroit Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Sabres-Red Wings Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (14-29-3) at Detroit Red Wings (25-11-9) (The Sports Network)
Sabres look to avoid 11th straight loss vs. Red Wings (NHL.com)

Sabres fall to Flyers, 4-3   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres fell to 1-13-1 in the last 15 games, and they also fell to 30th in the 30-team NHL. Edmonton beat Florida in a shootout to tie the Sabres with 31 points, but the Oilers lead in regulation/overtime victories, 9-8.’

A taint on the sport any way you cut it   

Buffalo News:

‘I can picture Tim Murray sitting in his office with a sinister look behind those glasses and a laugh heard to HarborCenter at what he’s concocting. This is the rookie GM’s first team and it’s pitiful. But yes, I know. We should celebrate what it will mean down the road. Especially now that the “goal” has been reached, at least for one night.’

Sabres’ Gionta should be ready after break   

Buffalo News:

‘“Two more days then we have the All-Star break, and he’s ready to go for the rest of the year versus taking that little risk now,” coach Ted Nolan said in First Niagara Center. “We don’t think it’s worth it. Eight to 10 days and he’ll be 100 percent.’

Vanek still finding his way in the Wild   

Buffalo News:

‘“Maybe he put too much on himself, but ultimately it’s where he wanted to be,” Pominville said. “It’s where he wanted to play. The fans wanted him there. The talk throughout last year, honestly, anytime I went out somewhere and got recognized, that was one of the first things people would ask me: ‘When is Van coming? Is he coming?’”’

Sabres start strongly, fall to Flyers late   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres, who start a five-game road trip tonight in Detroit, have never lost 11 straight games in their 44-year history.’

Phil Varone running out of time to impress Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Varone scored both goals in a 5-2 loss in Carolina on Jan. 8. Recalls only have six goals this season. Still, when asked if Varone had done anything special to stand out this month, Nolan replied with one word. “No,” he said bluntly.’