The Sabres Report - April 12, 2014

Sabres send Makarov to Rochester. Knapp called up.   


‘Knapp was a 6th round pick in 2009 and just last year was ahead of Nathan Lieuwen and Makarov on the depth chart. He went 1-6 in Rochester and was sent down to the East Coast League and this could very well be the only time he’ll ever be in a NHL uniform.’

Connor Knapp Recalled From Rochester

‘Knapp (5/1/90, 6’5″, 206 lbs) joins the Sabres for the first time since being acquired by the club in the sixth round (164th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was recalled by Rochester from the ECHL on March 17.’

Saturday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks defeat Toronto, remain in playoff hunt (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Photo gallery (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Makarov makes 27 saves as Americans slide into playoff spot by beating Marlies (CP)
Makarov leads Amerks to fourth straight win (WGR-AM)
Makarov, Amerks down Marlies for fourth straight win (

The Sabres Report - April 11, 2014

Nash’s late goal foils Sabres’ game effort   

Buffalo News:

‘The second period was as one-sided as they come, with one huge exception – the scoreboard. New York outshot the Sabres, 18-1, but both teams scored once to enter the final period knotted at 1-1.’

Rangers looking forward to playoffs   

Buffalo News:

‘New York ranks third in the NHL with a road record of 25-14-1. The Rangers moved to 20-17-4 in Madison Square Garden with Thursday’s 2-1 victory over Buffalo.’

Sabres rookie Jake McCabe acclimating to NHL life after college career ends   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s been a whirlwind but it’s been a blast,” he said. “It’s been a dream come true here.”’

Friday's New York Coverage

Rangers, in Their Home Finale, Slip Past the Last-Place Sabres (New York Times)
Sloppy NY Rangers rally to topple Sabres (New York Daily News)
Nash’s goal gives Rangers win against league-worst Sabres (New York Post)
Rangers clinch second place and home ice in first round of playoffs (Newsday)
Ryan McDonagh misses fourth straight game, could play Saturday in Montreal (Newsday)
Photo gallery (Newsday)
Rangers fend off Sabres, 2-1 (Bergen Record)
Ryan McDonagh working to get back on ice (Bergen Record)
Rangers beat Sabres 2-1, clinch first-round home ice (White Plains Journal News)
Rangers-Sabres in review (White Plains Journal News)
Rangers Clinch Home Ice, but McDonagh Remains a Mystery (Wall Street Journal)
Rangers beat Sabres, clinch home ice (ESPN New York)
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Sabres buying in to Nolan's system   


‘”Don’t look at the record. You look at individuals,” said former Sabre Rob Ray, who is around the team all the time now as a broadcaster. “You look at [Tyler] Ennis, [Drew] Stafford, [Tyler] Myers, all these guys who have improved tenfold since [Nolan] got here. Guys that are going to be cornerstones to our organization, how they’ve improved. He has a way of just making them relaxed, feel comfortable.”‘

Nash's late goal lifts Rangers over Sabres 2-1   


‘The Sabres made the most of their only second-period shot and grabbed a 1-0 lead on it with 10:54 left in the period. Buffalo defenseman Mike Weber drifted backward with the puck from the right circle toward the blue line, and flipped a shot toward the Rangers net. Stafford, stationed in front of Lundqvist, got enough of his stick on it to deflect it into the net for his 16th goal of the season.’

NY Rangers 2, Buffalo 1   

The Sports Network:

‘Drew Stafford accounted for Buffalo’s lone goal, with Matt Hackett coming up with 28 saves in the lowly Sabres’ fifth consecutive loss.’

Rangers 2, Sabres 1   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Goaltender Matt Hackett stopped 28 of 30 shots for Buffalo, who dropped to 21-50-9. Right winger Drew Stafford scored the Sabres’ lone goal.’

Late Goal Lifts Rangers to 2-1 Win Over Sabres   


‘Rick Nash put the Rangers ahead for good at 18:18 of the final period, blasting a one-timer from Martin St. Louis into the Buffalo net.’

Sabres attempting to show that they're playing for pride   


‘The Sabres started well, really played poorly, but came out with some direction in the third. It was a pretty strange game that way for both teams.’

Nash scores late to give Rangers win

‘Drew Stafford scored for Buffalo (21-50-9); Matt Hackett stopped 28 shots.’

Late 3rd period goal does Sabres in

‘“We couldn’t buy a shot there in the second period,” Stafford said. “We ended up scoring even, but that was a disappointing one because I felt as though we could’ve had it.”’