- Thomas Vanek is the first Sabres player to record nine points in the first four games of the season since Brian Campbell did it in 2007-08. No Buffalo player has ever recorded more than nine. Source: Elias Sports Bureau
- Vanek has been on the ice for all 11 of Buffalo’s goals this season, getting a point on nine of them. Jason Pominville has been on the ice for nine, tallying a point on eight.
- Jason Pominville has recorded at least one assist in each of the Sabres’ four games this season.
- Pominville and Vanek have combined on six goals this season, tying Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton for most by an NHL duo.
On giving up chances: “They’re a good team. Obviously, they create a lot on the rush and in the zone. Ryan played great for us; [we] could have put it away and we didn’t.”
On his late penalty: “I gave him a little shot from behind. I’m getting those every other trip, I feel like, but I guess I’ve got to keep the stick off.”
On his goal: “Jason tried to hit me initially across ice, it got tipped to the guy in the corner, and I got on it.”
On facing Ryan Miller: “Ryan is arguably one of the top two, three, maybe number one goalie in the entire league and so you have a lot of respect for a guy like him. You are not going to get any ‘soft goals.’ You know he is going to make the big and timely saves. I had the privilege of playing against him in college a few times so I at least had a little bit of familiarity with that one-on-one battle, but whenever you can come up with a win when you are facing him, you have to count your blessings and be thankful for it.”
On rebounding from an 0-2-0 start: “It’s huge and I think it’s just an attitude change. Like any other team, you’re going to have a little bit of rest and there are going to be some parts of your game that aren’t going to click. There are going to be some players that have been playing and some that haven’t and it takes a little while to create your team rhythm, team flow, and I think adding simply a little bit of attitude and a little bit of grit to our game helped push us over the edge and helped us battle through these last two games and turned out to be great wins. We’re starting to find out identity and starting to be a strong, hard-to-play-against team, and that’s what we want to be with the size, skill, and talent that we have.”
On a successful first start as a Hurricane: “It was wonderful. I’ve been out of the game for a little bit with last year’s injury, but you’re thankful to be back and make some saves and help your team get a win and create some momentum. You don’t want to be that guy that goes in there and then all of a sudden you lose the momentum for your team and you’re 1-3, and so it’s a big difference being 2-2 and it’s nice to be a part of the win.”
On his strategy off the faceoff: “I just kind of put a puck through to an area to give an opportunity to score but also get a rebound off the faceoff. If you shoot enough of them, eventually one will go in.”
On improving offensively: “I think I’ve developed a little bit more confidence and I’ve generated a little bit more of an opportunity for myself getting in a position to get the puck and shoot the puck. Earlier in your career as a guy who slowly works his way into the league, sometimes it takes confidence to shoot the puck because you are out there with a lot of great players and its just a fact you have to overcome and have confidence in shooting the puck and getting those opportunities.”