- Jhonas Enroth has earned a win in consecutive team games for the first time since Nov. 4, 2011 vs. CGY and Nov. 5, 2011 at OTT.
- Enroth improved to 4-0-1 in his last seven games, with save percentage of .951 and a 1.55 goals against average.
- Three Sabres topped their career highs in ice time tonight: Kevin Porter (18:56), Bryan Flynn (18:32) and Mark Pysyk (18:30). John Scott (10:43) saw his highest TOI of the season.
- With his goal, Porter extended his point streak to a career-best four games (1+3). Porter now has seven points (3+4) in his last seven games.
- With the win, the Sabres improved to 2-5-1 in the second half of a back-to-back set.
Sabres forward Kevin Porter:
On his chemistry on the ice with Brian Flynn: “We created some chemistry over the past month or so and we have been playing well so we just have to keep that going.”
On the feeling of winning back-to-back games at a time when they need it the most: “It’s huge; two big teams that are below us in the standings, so points are huge. [We have] six games left, so we are going to make this pretty interesting.”
On looking ahead to the next five games: “We’re just taking it one game at a time. We want two points every night and that’s it. We’re not looking ahead too much; we just want to play one game at a time and get two points every night.”
Reflecting on the season and the games ahead: “It’s been a tough season. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs; we need to start playing more consistent. There have been times when we have shown that we can play 40-50 minutes but we need to play a complete 60 and I think we have done that the last two nights.”
Sabres forward Tyler Ennis:
On what has been going well for the team during the past two games: “I think simplicity and also Jhonas [Enroth] is part of it. He’s a good goalie and [he’s] making some big stops. We’re trying to clear guys out of the way for him so he can see the puck but he’s done a really great job.”
On the race to making the playoffs: “We’re on the outside looking in right now. We have to give it everything we have to make a push. We’re playing well and have some tough games coming up, but we are going to continue to focus on getting better, but we have to give it all we got.”
On digging himself out of a hole after the Winnipeg game: “Anytime you’re minus-4 it’s pretty embarrassing; you want to do your best to get out of that situation, you never want to be in that spot, so I’m just trying to simplify things and work hard, hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”
Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel:
On the difference in play at the NHL and NCAA levels: “It’s a little more controlled here. These guys are really good at getting into position, always have really good sticks and really good support. College is pretty fast; a lot of skill, guys are just buzzing around all of the time. I’d say, obviously, the skill level is better here but it’s just a little more controlled and guys are in position so it makes the transition nice.”
On settling down after a busy weekend: “I had to pinch myself for a while there. I got a good night’s sleep last night, which was nice. It took a while to fall asleep though. Yesterday was a tough day but it was nice coming in here and getting a win and then following it up with another one.”
Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos:
On tonight’s game: “I think the second period was better. It’s just not fun when you’re not winning. It’s a tough stretch. We got to find a way to be professionals about it and finish off the year. I think we’ve said everything we could say throughout the year about our play. It just wasn’t good enough.”
“Obviously I want to produce but right now it’s about working hard not cheating, you go through threes stretches every year. The only reason we are talking about it right now because it is the end of the year. It’s getting brought up because we have five or six games left and all individual stuff, but I’m not worried about that. I am trying to finish off strong and work on things in my game that can help this team win, right now it’s not going so well.”
On scoring chances: “Like I’ve said before, I really don’t know what to say anymore. We’ve said the same things after every game. Sometimes it gets better sometimes it doesn’t.”
Tampa Bay goaltender Mathieu Garon:
On playing tonight’s game: “It’s my job. Sometimes you won’t play for a while, sometimes you only play a couple games. It’s just part of my job.”
On practice time: “It’s all about practice, you have to anticipate and get ready. Practice hard and get your body ready. It’s hard but I don’t want to use excuses or anything. It’s a process but at this time of the year we don’t practice as much but it’s my job when it’s my time on the ice, got to be ready.”
“Right now I don’t think we want to focus on what’s going happen and what’s not going to happen. It is all about playing good and have some pride and try and win the games.”
Tampa Bay defenseman Matthew Carle:
On the end of the season: “I mean it’s a little different than at the beginning of the season. At the same time it’s a challenge for us. We are trying to get better at the game, playing a different style and trying to be harder opponents and hopefully that will lead to success, not only at the end of the season but hopefully for next year as well.”
On playing two nights in a row: “That’s part of the schedule, going into the season with two games in less than 24 hours but I don’t think we had the start we wanted too. We got chances in the second and third but just couldn’t get them in.”
On scoring chances: “They play a disciplined game and its more or less trying to get more pucks up the net, and create more havoc in front and rebounds. Not every goal is going to be the greatest scoring chance and that’s what we have harped on the last couple games.”