Category Archives: Post-Game Report

Postgame Report: 5/4 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(31-16-6)
1 2 0 0 0 3 48
Sabres
(15-32-7)
1 1 1 0 1 4 31

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres overcame a multi-goal deficit in consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 17 and 19, 2018 at home against Minnesota and Pittsburgh, respectively, according to NHL Stats.
  • Michael Houser became the first Sabres goaltender to win his first two starts since Mika Noronen did so on Oct. 5 and 7, 2000.
    • His 45 saves tonight are the most a Sabres goaltender has had in a single game since Carter Hutton stopped 47 shots on Oct. 17, 2019 at Los Angeles.
  • Tonight marked Anders Bjork’s first multi-goal game of the season.
    • Bjork’s deciding goal in the shootout was his first shootout goal in the first attempt of his career.
    • Bjork also set a new career high in ice time, skating 21:14.
    • Since joining the Sabres, Bjork has totaled six points (3+3) in 13 games, surpassing his total with Boston this season in 17 fewer games.
  • Drake Caggiula earned his first point as a Sabre with an assist on Cody Eakin’s goal.
  • With the primary assist on Bjork’s first goal of the night, Colin Miller now has assists in consecutive games played.
  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 26-for-29 (89.7%) in the team’s last 17 games against the Islanders dating back to April 2, 2017.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Islanders Sorokin SOL 3 31
Sabres Houser W 3 48
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Sorokin 12-6-2 .917 2.22
Sabres Houser 2-0-0 .940 2.40

 

Postgame Report: 5/3 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(31-16-5)
1 1 0 2 36
Sabres
(14-32-7)
0 1 3 4 40

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Michael Houser earned the win in his first career start with 34 saves.
    • He became the second Sabre this season to earn a win in his NHL debut start, joining Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who did so on April 23 vs. Boston.
    • Houser is the seventh goaltender in franchise history to win his first career start.
    • Houser’s win marks the third time in Sabres history and first time since Don Edwards and Bob Sauve did so in 1976-77 that the team has had two goaltenders win their NHL debuts in the same season.
  • Tonight’s game marked Sam Reinhart’s second three-point game and ninth multi-point game of the season (2+1). He now has 10 points (8+2) in his last games six dating back to April 23.
    • His eight goals during that stretch lead the league and his 10 points are tied for second.
  •  With a goal and an assist in his 35th game of the season, Tage Thompson tied his career highs in goals (7), assists (5) and points (12), all of which he previously set set during the 2018-19 season in 65 games.
    • Tonight marked the first multi-point game of Thompson’s career.
    • Thompson also set a new single-game career high with seven shots on goal.
  • Rasmus Asplund extended his point streak to a career-high three games (1+2) with his third-period goal.
  • With his primary assist on Thompson’s goal, Jacob Bryson now has points in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
  • William Borgen tied his season high with with a team-leading five hits (Last: 2/16/21 vs. NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 25-for-28 (89.3%) in the team’s last 16 games against the Islanders dating back to April 2, 2017.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Islanders Varlamov L 3 39
Sabres Houser W 2 36
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Varlamov 19-10-4 .930 2.02
Sabres Houser 1-0-0 .944 2.00

 

Postgame Report: 4/23 vs. Boston

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Boston
(27-13-6)
1 0 3 4 40
Sabres
(13-28-7)
1 2 3 6 34

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen earned his first win in his first career start with 36 saves.
    • He becomes the first Sabre to win his first career start since Mika Noronen did so on Oct. 5, 2000, a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his fourth-career hat trick to reach to 20-goal mark for the fourth consecutive season.
    • It’s his first hat trick since Feb. 23, 2019 vs. Washington and the first Sabres hat trick since Jack Eichel scored four goals at home against Ottawa on Nov. 16, 2019.
    • Reinhart’s five multi-goal games this season trail only Toronto’s Auston Matthews (8) for the league-lead, according to NHL stats.
  • Mattias Samuelsson recorded two assists in the Sabres’ win, marking both his first point and the first multi-point game of his NHL career.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded his third multi-point game of the season (1+1) and has now totaled 10 points (3+7) in his last 12 games dating back to April 3.
    • Dahlin ranks in the top 10 among all NHL defensemen  in goals (T-2nd), assists (T-7th) and points (T-2nd) during that span.
    • Dahlin’s seven even-strength points since April 3 are tied for fourth among defensemen.
  • With his second-period goal, Casey Mittelstadt now has 11 points (8+3) in his last 13 games dating back to March 31. His eight goals during that span are tied for the fourth in the league.
  • With the primary assist on Arttu Ruotsalainen’s goal, Dylan Cozens how has seven assists in his last eight games dating back to April 11. His eight assists during that span are tied for the second-most in the NHL.
  • Buffalo has not allowed a power-play goal in five consecutive games against the Bruins. The Sabres have killed 15 straight Boston power plays dating back to the third period of their game on March 18.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Bruins
Rask
Halak
ND
L
4
1
28
5
Sabres Luukkonen W 4 40
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Bruins Rask
Halak
11-4-2
9-6-3
.913
.909
2.36
2.45
Sabres Luukkonen 1-0-0 .900 4.03

 

Postgame Report: 4/22 vs. Boston

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Boston
(27-12-6)
1 1 3 5 38
Sabres
(12-28-7)
0 1 0 1 30

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Dylan Cozens’ assist on Arttu Ruotsalainen’s goal was his sixth in seven games dating back to April 11.
    • Cozens’ six assists since April 11 leads all rookies and ties for sixth among all NHL skaters during that time span.
  • Anders Bjork’s assist on Ruotsalainen’s goal was his third since joining the Sabres, matching his total from this season with Boston in 24 fewer games.
  • The Sabres’ penalty kill went a perfect 2-for-2 tonight, marking the 25th game this season that the team has been perfect while shorthanded.
    • The Sabres have killed off 14 consecutive penalties against the Bruins dating back to March 18.
  • Riley Sheahan led the Sabres with 10 faceoff wins, going 10-for-18 at the dot. Tonight’s game was the fourth time this season that Sheahan has won 10 or more faceoffs in a game.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Bruins Swayman W 1 30
Sabres Tokarski L 5 38
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Bruins Swayman 5-1-0 .943 1.65
Sabres Tokarski 2-7-2 .914 3.23

 

Postgame Report: 4/20 vs. Boston

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Boston
(26-12-6)
1 1 0 2 41
Sabres
(12-27-7)
0 0 0 0 32

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Casey Mittelstadt skated a career-high 20:41, leading all Buffalo forwards.
  • Dustin Tokarski made 39 saves on 41 shots, his second-highest save total of the season. Since April 1, Tokarski ranks fourth among all goaltenders with 240 saves.
  • Dylan Cozens set a new career high with seven shots to lead all Sabres.
  • Colin Miller took a season-high six shots, his most since he had a career-high of seven on Feb. 28, 2019 vs. Florida.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen had a season-high six blocked shots. It’s his highest single-game total since he had career-high eight on Feb. 26, 2020 at Colorado.
  • The Sabres were 4-for-4 on the penalty kill today, marking the 24th game this season that the team has been perfect while shorthanded.
    • Tobias Rieder led all Sabres with 2:49 of shorthanded ice time.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Bruins Rask W o 32
Sabres Tokarski L 2 41
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Bruins Rask 11-4-2 .916 2.22
Sabres Tokarski 2-6-2 .918 3.05