The Sabres Report - November 16, 2014

Sabres rout rival Maple Leafs   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”I thought we started the game really well, got some goals and that second period they ended up scoring a couple and we didn’t hang our heads,” Moulson said. “We came right back at it and were able to get a couple of our own. I don’t think we stopped going out there and that’s what you have to do to win in this league.”‘

Girgensons Scores Twice in 6-2 Rout of Leafs   


‘Michal Neuvirth was outstanding in net coming up with 32 saves including 11 in the first period, during which he stoned James van Riemsdyk on a breakaway and got his blocker on a close-range Phaneuf shot. Later in the period, the Sabres netminder used his glove to prevent Tyler Bozak from sneaking the puck in at the far post.’

Sabres' Hodgson trying to dig out of his worst slump   


‘Now’s he’s stuck on the fourth line and played only 7:53 on Thursday. Ted Nolan said, “He’s struggling a little bit, so we just need him to do what he does and that’s to try to create himself some opportunities and score some goals. If you create them, you have a chance, but right now we’re not creating those chances so he’s not even having an attempt to score.”’

RJ Returns to Call 1st Period   


‘”No matter how things play out from here, I feel like a winner,” said Jeanneret prior to faceoff.’

Sabres' offensive eruption buries Maple Leafs

‘This was Buffalo’s biggest offensive output since Jan. 31, 2013, when they beat the Boston Bruins 7-4.’

Offensive outburst fuels Sabres win over Toronto

‘“That was awesome. We haven’t done that in the past and that was a really big pushback after they had some momentum,” Ennis said. “We continued it after that and we played hard. That’s our best win in a long, long time.”’

Sunday's Rochester Coverage

Chicago Wolves shell Rochester Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Wolves 7, Americans 4 (The Sports Xchange)
Amerks wrap up homestand with 7-4 loss to Wolves (
Rattie’s Hat Trick and Brodeur’s Blasts Lead Wolves Past Rochester (

The Sabres Report - November 15, 2014

Hasek says he was born to be a goaltender   

Buffalo News:

‘“When you play hockey, you never think about it,” Hasek said in the Great Hall. “You play hockey to win the game, to win the last game of the season or win the game for your country. That’s what hockey’s about. Once you retire, then you start to think about it.”‘

Sabres’ past 100 games paint a sorry picture   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo has a 24-64-12 record in those 100 games. But look deeper than that and you’ll find the Sabres have incredibly won just 12 times in regulation the last two seasons.’

Ted Nolan still searching right Sabres line combinations, frustrated with Cody Hodgson and Chris Stewart   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“The response is not what I expected,” said Nolan, who didn’t specifically name Hodgson and Stewart. “I expected a little bit more frustration, a little bit more anger. It’s like we’re just OK with it, and we can’t be OK with it. You got to want it.’

Sabres players excited to have Rick Jeanneret back: ‘A pretty special moment for the whole organization’   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers added: “It’s pretty special, not only for R.J., but to see what he’s gone through, he fought out of it and was a fighter throughout the whole experience. It’s a pretty special moment for the whole organization.”’

It'll take more than Connor McDavid to fix these Sabres   

Toronto Star:

‘But what is becoming an open question, ladies and gentlemen, is how big the smoking crater is going to be here. Philadelphia 76ers big?’

Saturday's Toronto Coverage

Game Day: Maple Leafs at Sabres (Toronto Sun)
It’ll take more than Connor McDavid to fix these Sabres (Toronto Star)
Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres: Saturday NHL game preview (Toronto Star)
Maple Leafs-Sabres Preview (AP)
Toronto Maple Leafs (9-6-2) at Buffalo Sabres (3-13-2) (The Sports Network)
Maple Leafs look to bounce back vs. struggling Sabres (

Tim Murray knows his uncle Bryan Murray is a fighter   

Ottawa Sun:

‘”He was a schoolteacher. He taught people and he empowered people. He empowered me but way more people than just me. I’ve always been surprised in the job that he’s had how much time he has had for people. He’s always taken the time. For him to put out a message, is what he’s about and it certainly doesn’t surprise me.”‘

Hasek talks Hall of Fame; No Goal   


‘”That was tough for everyone in our locker room and it still bothers me when I think about it,” Hasek said on Friday afternoon when asked about the infamous, triple-overtime goal by Brett Hull of Dallas that eliminated the Sabres in Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup final. The toe of Hull’s skate was in the crease, which should have nullified the goal based on strict rules that season. Instead, it counted and it remains the closest Buffalo has come to winning the Cup; the 1975 team losing to Philadelphia in five games.’