- With the win, the Sabres improved to 4-2-2 in the first half of a back-to-back set this season and 3-4-1 in afternoon games.
- Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves in his third career shutout and first since Nov. 18, 2011 (34 saves) at CAR. The other was on March 30, 2011 vs. NYR (23 saves). All three of his shutouts were 1-0 Sabres victories.
- Chad Ruhwedel made his NHL debut today for the Sabres, skating 13:00 of ice time. Ruhwedel (5’11″, 188 lbs., 5/7/90) recently finished his third season at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, recording 23 points (7+16) and 20 penalty minutes though 41 games.
- With today’s assist, Kevin Porter has six points (3+3) in his last six games.
- Tonight’s game was the 41st regular-season 1-0 game in franchise history. The Sabres are now 25-16 in these games.
Buffalo defenseman Chad Ruhwedel:
On the past couple of days: “It’s pretty incredible. My team had a tough loss in the Frozen Four a couple days back. And fortunately enough Buffalo gave me a call and gave me a good opportunity.”
On keeping his energy up during the game: “It was pure adrenaline. I was pretty fired up the whole time. [Patrick] Kaleta had a pretty sick fight right off the bat, kept me going, so, it was awesome.”
On the quick transition into the NHL: “It was surreal, these guys made my job a lot easier. Playing with Weber, it made my life just so easier and I couldn’t be thankful enough.”
On his pre-game preparation before his first NHL game: “I mean I just kind of hustled back to my hotel and got a bite to eat. Got back to the rink and did my normal routine. Like I said, these guys made it easy, and I would say it was mostly adrenaline. A lot of people out there, so I was pretty excited.”
On why he picked Buffalo: “They’re a great organization. They had a lot of interest all year long and they just stayed with it so I felt comfortable choosing them and they gave me a golden opportunity to play today and I couldn’t be more thankful.”
Buffalo forward Patrick Kaleta:
On not being able to capitalize on chances: “Yeah, we’ve got to bear down on those and I’m sure we’ll take a look at it. Every goal’s going to matter and we’re going to have to work on it and bear down on the chances we have from the top down.”
On Chad Ruhwedel’s play in his first NHL game: “Rudy! Rudy Ruettiger! No, he did a fantastic job. I was fortunate to play in Rochester a little bit before I got my feet wet, and he’s coming right from college hockey and right into a game against the Flyers, he did a hell of a job back there and he should be proud of himself and he really did very well for the circumstances.”
On the team’s work ethic during the game: “Our job is really to focus on what we have to do to be successful. I’ll say it again, I’ll tell you tomorrow, I’ll tell you the next day, I’ll tell you the rest for the season, that everything stems from hard work. If you’re wiling to work hard and willing to go out there and have your effort level to the highest then that’s all anybody asks for.”
On Jhonas Enroth’s play: “Yeah, he’s good. And you know, credit to both of our goalies. Without either one of them some of the games we played this year could have been a lot worse. They’re the backbone of our team and both of those guys deserve a tremendous amount of [credit]. They’re the backbone of our team and we rely on them a lot.”
On his fight at the beginning of the game: “I just wanted to spark some energy, get it going the best I could. Get our team going, get the fans going early, and hats about it.”
On the team’s attitude toward the end of the season: “It’s, again, focusing on what we have to do, work hard. Especially now with the limited amount of games in the regular season, we’re making a push here. Everyone still believes and that’s the way you’ve got to play. There’s no give up and there’s not a chance in hell that we’re going to quit. And we’re going to be ready for tomorrow’s game, learn from some of the things that we might not have done a hundred percent this game and move forward and try to be a better team tomorrow.”
Philadelphia forward Scott Hartnell:
On losing the game: “It’s frustrating for everybody, you know. You have got to score goals in hockey and it’s frustrating. I don’t really know what else to say…It’s not just the last few games but it’s the whole year.”
On the slim possibility of qualifying for the playoffs: “Obviously we need some help, and every team plays everybody, so we hope for no three point games, obviously. We have to score some goals and win hockey games and we always play to the last game of the season, no matter if we are in or out.”
On the team regressing from last year’s scoring success: “It’s been a weird year and I can only talk for myself. It is not like the chances haven’t been there, it’s just missing the shots or whatever it is. To score goals you just need to go hard to the net and make those opportunities there.”
Philadelphia goaltender Steve Mason:
On Ehrhoff’s goal: “It bounced up, hit my skate, and went back into the net. I don’t play here a lot but the boards here are similar to what Detroit’s was and with those boards they can set up plays like that and fortunately for them, it went in”
On playing with his new team after being traded from Columbus: “There are things I still want to improve upon but the start so far, with the exception of not getting the win, I have been comfortable with. I am really enjoying it, and the guys are great. I am just really looking forward to being here next season.”