BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 19, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Post-Game Report: 2/19 vs. Washington

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
0 2 1 3 30
0 0 2 2 34

Game Summary

Event Summary


Top Notes

  • With his goal, Kyle Okposo now has seven points (4+3) in his last seven games against the Capitals. Okposo also has 15 points (3+12) in his last 16 home games.
  • With his assist on the Okposo goal, Scott Wilson now has five points (3+2) in his last six games.
  • Evan Rodrigues, who also assisted on the goal, now has six points (2+4) in his last seven games.
  • Evander Kane scored a goal with an extra attacker on the ice. The Sabres are now tied for the league lead with six goals during 6-on-5 play this season.
  • With their assists on Evander Kane’s goal, Ryan O’Reilly now has 19 points (9+10) in his last 19 games and Sam Reinhart has 17 points (6+11) in his last 16 games.


Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Capitals Grubauer W .941 2.00
Sabres Johnson L .931 2.06


Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Capitals Grubauer 6-7-3 .916 2.62
Sabres Johnson 4-10-3 .890 3.41


Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin

Capitals forward T.J. Oshie

Capitals defenseman John Carlson

Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer


BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 19, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled goaltender Linus Ullmark from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Ullmark (6’4, 221 lbs., 7/31/1993) joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season after stopping 44 of 45 shots faced in a 3-1 win vs. Columbus on Jan. 11 in his only NHL appearance of the season. He has recorded an 18-9-10 record in 36 AHL games this season, posting career-best numbers in save percentage (.924) and goals-against average (2.43) in his third AHL season.

Selected by the Sabres in the sixth round (163rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Ullmark has a 9-11-2 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.55 goals-against average in 22 career NHL games.

Game Preview: 2/19/18 vs. Washington


Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

Saturday, February 17
Los Angeles 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Scandella, Ristolainen
Goalie: Lehner (26 saves/30 shots)/Johnson (6 saves/6 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Los Angeles 36 – Buffalo 35

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 205)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 16 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 6 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 4 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, Feb. 19) – 0 games

2/19: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Jack Eichel on IR

Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 2: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.


  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Washington 3-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 7, 2017
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 24 in Washington
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 5-2-3 at home.
  • This is the 157th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 88-48-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 47-22-9 at home against the Capitals all-time.


  • The Sabres are 13-9-2 all-time on February 19.
  • February 19, 1984: Dave Andreychuk records his 100th NHL point and Bill Hajt scores the 4,000th goal in franchise history in a 5-2 win vs. Hartford.
  • February 19, 1991: Christian Ruuttu scores the 6,000th goal in franchise history.


  • A win today would give the Sabres wins in consecutive meetings with the Capitals for the first time since Dec. 29, 2013 and Jan. 12, 2014.
  • The Sabres are also looking for consecutive home wins against Washington for the first time since they won both matchups in Buffalo in the 2011-12 season.
  • Kyle Okposo has six points (3+3) in his last six games against the Capitals.
  • Jason Pominville has seven points (3+4) in his last seven games against Washington.
  • Benoit Pouliot has five points (4+1) in his last five games against the Capitals.
  • Evander Kane has six career two-point games against Washington.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen had an assist in three of four meetings with the Capitals last season.


  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 18 points (9+9) in his last 18 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 15 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 18 points (5+13) in his last 22 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 18 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Sunday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 16 points (3+13) in his last 17 games, including four multi-point games.


  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (2+12) in his last 15 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (6+8) in 12 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (4+5) in his last eight home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied a point in each of his last four home games (1+3).


  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 18 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 30.8 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Sunday, as did the team’s 16 power-play goals.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Sunday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for the league lead with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 73.8 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 52-for-76 (68.4%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Sunday.


  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals last Sunday vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Sunday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league entering Sunday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.


  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw last Sunday vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis). He now holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (885) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 885 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,236
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind-Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/18 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 215 S (T-5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 885 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,452 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:30 TOI/GP (3rd)

Hits: Ristolainen (143), McCabe (114), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (86), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (77)
Shots: Kane (215), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (157)

1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-5-1 (7), 26/29, 6/21, 31/37

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-10; 111-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points


Post-Game Report: 2/17 vs. Los Angeles

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
1 3 0 4 36
0 0 2 2 35

Game Summary

Event Summary


Top Notes

  • Today’s loss snapped the Sabres’ eight-game home winning streak against the Kings.
  • It was the Kings’ first win in Buffalo since Feb. 21, 2003. They became the first team to win a road game in this series since the Sabres’ victory on Oct. 23, 2003 in Los Angeles.
  • The Sabres are now 14-2-1 in their last 17 home games against the Kings.
  • With his goal, Rasmus Ristolainen now has points in four straight home games (1+3) and 18 points (5+13) in his last 22 games overall.


Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Kings Quick W .943 2.00
Sabres Lehner


Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Kings Quick 22-21-2 .920 2.51
Sabres Lehner


Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Johan Larsson

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Kings head coach John Stevens

Kings forward Alex Iafallo

Kings forward Anze Kopitar

Kings forward Michael Amadio