The Sabres Report - April 11, 2015

Saturday's Pittsburgh Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Penguins-Sabres Preview (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins (42-27-12) at Buffalo Sabres (23-50-8) (The Sports Network)
Penguins play Sabres seeking playoff berth (NHL.com)
Digital Preview vs. Buffalo Sabres 4/11/15 (PittsburghPenguins.com)

Sabres lose to Columbus, 4-2   

Buffalo News:

‘Getting them wasn’t easy. It never is with Buffalo’s sports teams. But for one of the few times in history, a Western New York franchise accomplished what it set out to do.’

Injury delays Reinhart’s Amerks debut   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres’ top prospect is nursing a lower-body injury and won’t play for Rochester until next weekend. Buffalo assigned Reinhart to the Amerks on Thursday after his junior season ended.’

Saturday's Columbus Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Jackets extend points streak to 12 games in home finale (Columbus Dispatch)
For Jackets, just a hot streak, or the start of something big? (Columbus Dispatch)
Jared Boll scratched for home finale (Columbus Dispatch)
Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 4-2 win over the Sabres (Fox Sports Ohio)
Blue Jackets defeat Sabres, extend point streak to 12 games (BlueJackets.com)
Photo gallery (BlueJackets.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com.com)

Blue Jackets win as Sabres lock up best shot at No. 1 pick   

AP:

‘”It’s no position we would ever want to be in,” said Buffalo goalie Anders Lindback, who had 36 saves as the Sabres fell to 23-50-8 on the season.’

Sabres call up defenseman Chad Ruhwedel from AHL Rochester   

AP:

‘The 24-year-old Ruhwedel joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season. In two NHL games during his first time up in March, he recorded one assist and a plus-2 rating. Ruhwedel has 10 goals and 24 assists in 69 AHL games in 2014-15.’

Columbus 4, Buffalo 2   

The Sports Network:

‘”We battled back, made a game of it. Can’t ask for any more from these guys,” Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said.’

Sabres clinch last with loss to Blue Jackets   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”I don’t care what place you finish in, if you don’t compete you don’t get better,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “Most of our guys are doing that, giving us what they’ve got.”‘

Sabres recall D Ruhwedel   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Now in his third season with the Sabres organization, the San Diego native has played in 30 NHL games and signed a two-year contract extension with the club in July 2014.’

Sabres lose 4-2 at Columbus, clinch 30th place   

WGR-AM:

‘Cam Atkinson broke the stalemate with his twenty first goal of the season a little past the midway mark of the third period. It capped off a stretch where the Blue Jackets were called for a kneeing minor, but had the better of the chances while shorthanded. Dalton Prout and Ryan Johansen were credited with assists on the goal. Boone Jenner capped off the scoring with an empty net goal with under ten seconds to go in regulation.’

Sabres take early pressure in Columbus   

WGR-AM:

‘”Well it’s been frustrating, there’s no doubt about it” Gionta said. “Where we sit is not where we want to be. So, there’s a lot of corrections to be made and you can’t dwell on what’s happened in the past.”‘

Blue Jackets defeat Sabres, who will finish 30th   

NHL.com:

‘”It’s been frustrating, there’s no doubt about it,” he said of the season. “Where we sit is not where we want to be. There’s a lot of corrections to be made, but you can’t dwell on the past. You have to look forward.”‘

Sabres locked into last place with loss to Blue Jackets   

Sabres.com:

‘“It’s frustrating to get that loss. It was not a clean game by any means by us and we still gave ourselves a chance,” Gionta said. “If we cleaned some things off, we would’ve been much better off.”’

Sabres recall Ruhwedel from Rochester   

Sabres.com:

‘Ruhwedel (5’11”, 181 lbs., 5/7/90) joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season. In two NHL games during his first recall in March, he recorded one assist and a plus-2 rating. Ruhwedel has recorded 34 points (10+24) through 69 AHL games in 2014-15, ranking him fourth among Amerks skaters and tying for 14th among all AHL defensemen.’

Saturday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Garbowsky’s home debut nearly has storybook finish (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Injury will delay Sam Reinhart’s debut for the Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Photo gallery (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Brendan Leipsic scores winner, adds assist as Marlies down Americans 3-1 (CP)
Amerks fall short in 3-1 loss to Marlies (Amerks.com)
Marlies Defeat Amerks 3-1 in Rochester (Marlies.ca)