Post-Game Report: 2/15 vs. BOS

Top Notes

  • The Sabres won without getting a point from Thomas Vanek or Jason Pominville for the first time since March 23, 2012 at NYR (4-1 win).
  • The Sabres improved to 24-3-2 all-time when Tyler Ennis records at least two points.
  • Steve Ott (11 hits) became the first Sabres player to record 10 or more hits since Paul Gaustad had 10 in the 2008 Winter Classic (1/1/08 vs. PIT).
  • Ryan Miller has stopped 136 of 144 shots (.944 SV%) in the last four games.

Top Quotes

Sabres forward Drew Stafford:

 How it feels to beat Boston: “It always feels great to beat them so it’s definitely a statement by us to come back.”

On his first goal of the season: “It’s obviously something that I have been working for and finally it’s nice to get rewarded; hopefully it opens up the floodgates.”

On the team’s turnaround in the third period: “We did nothing different; it’s the same thing, just a matter of going out and doing it. It’s one thing if you’re saying the right thing, it’s another to go out and do it.”

Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff:

On the team’s turnaround in the third period: “We just got a couple good shifts in early in the third period and it just rolled from there. It’s like a snowball effect; everybody seems to make plays all of the sudden that weren’t working in the second.”

On his goal: “It was a lucky bounce that we got there; just bounced over the stick of a Boston forward coming from down low and I just got on my tape and shot it right away.”

On what was said in the locker room before the third period: “It wasn’t pretty, but we are still in this game — one goal game — and one shot will put us back in to the game. We believed we could turn this game around and we had to put in a better effort and we came out and did that.”

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers:

On his game and Hodgson’s goal: “A lot of it is confidence that is coming back; still a lot to go. You take a look at that play and [Sabres forward] Cody [Hodgson] calls for the puck and I probably just would have kept it if I didn’t hear him, so it was really good talk and communication by him.”

Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller:

On staying in the game: “Stay in the game. That’s what you have to do in this league, you have to stay there. You can get it to overtime and in our case we came all the way back and took a lead; that’s what you have to do. I was really impressed, the guys played a great third period, really stepped up and did a nice job.”

On Drew Stafford scoring his first goal of the season: “I’m happy for him; I just hope it opens the floodgates now. [Stafford] likes to get one after another. Hopefully it works for him and it will keep him feeling good.”

On playing a 60-minute game and the second period: “Ultimately you want to play the [full 60 minutes].  I liked our adjustments in the third. We turned the tables on them, that’s the kind of game you have to play, and hopefully we learn from that (third) period.

Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara:

On the back-and-forth nature of the game: “Yeah, I thought we played a pretty decent game for 40 minutes and then in the third [period] I thought we created a lot of chances. We could have scored and we gave that game away. But they just played with other gears and once they scored, we just couldn’t match it.”

On not putting the game away when having a lead: “No, we just have to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

On Dougie Hamilton’s goal: “Yeah, it was good to see him get his first one. It was a nice goal and so good for him.”

Boston forward Shawn Thornton:

On the third period: “We had a one-goal lead going into the third [period], but it just goes to show that you can’t play 40 minutes, you have to play 60, and so we should be upset about it but learn from it at the same time.”

On the Sabres having their number during the third period of games: “Well, obviously, I am sure they had a talking to between our last game and this one so they came out with some desperation and we didn’t have enough on our side so I think it is pretty simple to see what happened.”

On not being ready for the Sabres tonight: “We should have been and there is no excuse. We talked about it and knew they would be coming out hard so there is no excuse.”

Boston forward Rich Peverley:

On the Sabres raising their level of play during third period: “Absolutely, I thought we played pretty good in the first two periods. We had a lot of chances but they took their game to a new level and we didn’t match it.”

On not taking advantage of scoring chances: “I think we won here last time with a 2-1 lead and have been pretty good in the past but maybe that is something we are hanging out head on too much lately and we have to actually go out and do it so like I said tonight we didn’t do it.”

On Dougie Hamilton’s first NHL goal: “Yeah, I thought he played pretty good. Getting that first goal maybe feels like that monkey on his back a little bit and it just improves his confidence a little more and he is making great plays already back there and he is just going to get better.”

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