The Sabres Report - February 27, 2015

Buffalo homecoming special for Canucks’ Adam Clendening   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Thursday was special for Clendening, the 36th pick in 2011. About 15 family members and friends watched his 17th NHL game, including his father, Frank, and mother, Ann.’

Friday's Vancouver Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Canucks fall on their own sword to end road trip (Vancouver Province)
We’ve seen this routine from the Canucks before (Vancouver Province)
Biega making people forget about Bieksa (Vancouver Province)
Sabres unload on uninspired Canucks, 6-3 (Vancouver Sun)
Photo gallery (Vancouver Sun)
Canucks stunned by league-worst Sabres (24 Hours Vancouver)
Photo gallery (Canucks.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Sabres stun Canucks 6-3 on Mitchell's 2 goals   

AP:

‘”We came at them in waves,” Stewart said. “It was probably one of the few games this year that we’ve had four lines rolling top to bottom.”‘

Sabres forward Girgensons to miss at least 2 weeks   

AP:

‘Girgensons was hurt after being struck in the lower right leg by a shot in a 4-2 win at Columbus on Tuesday. As for Ennis, who sustained a lower body injury against Columbus, Nolan would only say that he would not play against Vancouver.’

Buffalo 6, Vancouver 3   

The Sports Network:

‘Andrej Meszaros, Chris Stewart and Brian Flynn also lit the lamp with Matt Moulson adding a pair of helpers for the Sabres, who have won two in a row ahead of a five-game road trip.’

Sabres' Girgensons sidelined with ankle injury   

The Sports Network:

‘”We will see him before the end of the season,” Nolan said before Thursday’s game against Vancouver. “It’s bad, but not as bad as we thought.”‘

Short-handed Sabres skate past Canucks   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”It takes a little while to restructure and rebuild and get the players buying what you’re trying to sell and compete and work, and now they’re doing it,” Nolan said. “Don’t feel sorry for yourself when they score a goal and you’re down. You keep going.”‘

Sabres' Girgensons out at least 2 weeks   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Center Tyler Ennis is also listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury suffered at Columbus, while defenseman Mike Weber (upper body injury) is set to return for Thursday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks after missing two games.’

Sabres Double Up Canucks 6-3   

WGR-AM:

‘Buffalo grabbed the lead back with just over seven minutes left in the third, as Torrey Mitchell netted his second of the night. This one coming off of a rebound from a point shot on a wide open Vancouver net to give Buffalo the 4-3 advantage. Buffalo would salt the victory away with just over 90 seconds remaining as Brian Flynn ripped home the 5th goal of the game to put Buffalo up for good. Brian Gionta added one more empty netter for good measure.’

Sabres slow the game down against Vancouver   

WGR-AM:

‘Wow, talk about playing down to the competition, Vancouver did just that in the first period. They got out of it tied at one because they scored on their only scoring chance of the period.’

Mitchell scores two, helps Sabres defeat Canucks   

NHL.com:

‘”Our two leading scorers being out, other guys need to step up,” Mitchell said. “I felt like it was a group effort tonight and everyone picked up their slack a little bit.”‘

Strong team effort leads Sabres over Canucks   

Sabres.com:

‘“We want to keep building. We know where we are in the season and we need to continue to play a certain way in order to have success,” captain Brian Gionta, who had an empty-net goal and two assists, said. “That’s the culture we’re trying to instill and have going forward. We can’t wait until next year for it.”’

Sabres recall Varone and Dalpe   

Sabres.com:

‘Dalpe (6’1”, 195 lbs., 11/1/89) joins the Sabres for the second time this season since signing with the club in July 2014. With Rochester, Dalpe currently leads the team in goals (16) and has collected 28 points in 44 games played this season.’

Friday's Rochester Coverage   

SabresSpace.com:

Kea willing to fight for role with Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - February 26, 2015

Patching up for the stretch   

Buffalo News:

‘For the Blackhawks to still be playing when Kane gets healthy, they’ll need help at forward. Former first-round pick Teuvo Teravainen is the short-term answer, but the 20-year-old has just two goals and four points in 18 NHL games. Kane’s injury could force the Blackhawks to look toward Buffalo forward Chris Stewart. Chicago, which is regularly near the salary cap, would prefer a pending unrestricted free agent like Stewart to avoid monetary problems next season.’