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2016-17 Season Recap

Top Team Notes:

  • Buffalo’s power play finished the season at a league-best 24.5 percent success rate, marking the second time in franchise history that the Sabres have led the league in power-play percentage (1991-92 – 22.5%). It ranks as the third-best conversion rate in franchise history and the 15th-best by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.
  • The Sabres got at least 10 wins from two different goaltenders (Lehner – 23, Nilsson – 10) for the first time since the 2006-07 season (Miller – 40, Biron – 12) and had two goaltenders with at least five games played log a save percentage of .920 or better for the first time in franchise history (Nilsson – .923, Lehner – .920).
  • Buffalo’s goaltenders combined to post a .921 save percentage this season, marking the fourth-best team rate in the league this season and the fifth-best in franchise history:

    Team

    Goaltenders

    SV%

    CBJ

    Bobrovsky, Korpisalo, McElhinney, Forsberg

    .925

    WSH

    Holtby, Grubauer

    .925

    MTL

    Price, Montoya, Lindgren

    .921

    BUF

    Lehner, Nilsson, Ullmark

    .921

    Season

    Goaltenders

    SV%

    1998-99

    Hasek, Roloson, Biron

    .930

    1997-98

    Hasek, Shields

    .928

    1996-97

    Hasek, Shields, Trefilov

    .926

    2009-10

    Miller, Lalime, Enroth

    .924

    2016-17

    Lehner, Nilsson, Ullmark

    .921

Top Player Notes:

Jack Eichel

  • At 20 years of age, Jack Eichel became just the fifth player in franchise history to lead the team (or tie for the team lead) in points before his 21st birthday:
    • 1970-71: Gilbert Perreault
    • 1971-72: Rick Martin
    • 1988-89: Pierre Turgeon
    • 1989-90: Pierre Turgeon
  • Jack Eichel’s .93 points per game this season ranked him 11th among NHL skaters with at least 20 games played and were the most by a Sabre under the age of 21 since Pierre Turgeon (1.33) in 1989-90.
  • From Feb. 14 to March 7, Jack Eichel recorded a career-best 11-game point streak (5+11) that tied as the fourth-longest streak in the NHL in 2016-17 and was the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.
    • The streak included a nine-game assist streak from Feb. 14 to March 4 that stands as the longest assist streak in the league this season.
  • The Sabres were 14-2-0 this season (22-5-1 in his career) when Jack Eichel recorded at least two points.

Brian Gionta

  • Brian Gionta appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on March 27 vs. Florida, becoming the 312th NHL player (23rd active player) to play in 1,000 games. He was also the 43rd American player to reach the milestone and the 10th player to do so as a member of the Sabres.
    • With his goal in the game, Gionta became the third Sabres player to score in his 1,000th NHL game, joining Gilbert Perreault (1/29/1984 vs. Pittsburgh) and Phil Russell (3/12/1986 at Chicago).

Evander Kane

  • With 25 even-strength goals in 70 games this season, Evander Kane finished the season ranked ninth in the league with .36 even-strength goals per game. It was the best rate by any Sabre since Jason Pominville scored 30 even-strength goals in 82 games (.37) in the 2006-07 season.

Matt Moulson

  • Matt Moulson finished the season tied for 11th in the league with 11 power-play goals. It was his highest total since the 2011-12 season and the most by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford each recorded 11 in 2010-11.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked fifth in the league and set a career high with a faceoff win percentage of 58.0 percent. It was the fourth-best season by a Sabres center since the league began publishing faceoff percentage in 1997-98:
    • Paul Gaustad – 59.8% (2010-11)
    • Chris Gratton – 58.9% (2002-03)
    • Chris Drury – 58.8% (2006-07)
    • Ryan O’Reilly – 58.0% (2016-17)
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:27) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game for the second consecutive season.

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • At 26:23, Rasmus Ristolainen averaged the most ice time by a Sabres skater in a full season with the team since Alexei Zhitnik (26:33) in 2002-03.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s 24 power-play assists tied for fourth-most in the league this season and tied for 21st-most in a season in franchise history.  It was the highest total by a Sabres defenseman since Garry Galley logged 28 on the 1995-96 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded an assist on 20.2 percent of his teammates’ goals this season, joining Phil Housley (22.6% in 1989-90) as just the second Sabres defenseman ever to recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals in a season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s 39 assists tied him for seventh among all NHL defensemen this season and were the 19th-most by a defenseman in franchise history. Only one other Sabres defenseman in the last 20 years has matched this mark (Brian Campbell, 42 assists in 2006-07).

 

Post-Season Press Conferences

General Manager Tim Murray

Head Coach Dan Bylsma

 

Locker Room Clean-Out Interviews
Brian Gionta

Rasmus Ristolainen

Robin Lehner

Ryan O’Reilly

Sam Reinhart

Jake McCabe

Evander Kane

Johan Larsson

Cody Franson

Tyler Ennis

Anders Nilsson

Marcus Foligno

Zemgus Girgensons

Zach Bogosian

Evan Rodrigues

Matt Moulson

William Carrier

Josh Gorges

Jack Eichel

 

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres ranked in the top 10)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.5% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 279 hits (5th)
  • Kane: 3.7 S/GP (5th)
  • Nilsson: .933 EV SV% (6th), .923 SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:27 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 58.0 FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (T-4th), 26:28 TOI/GP (5th), 39 A (T-7th, defensemen)

 

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30
61-70: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 5-5-0 (10), 21/23, 7/18, 21/24
81-82: 0-2-0 (0), 2/7, 0/3, 6/7

 

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan, 2:26)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene, 0:29)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson, 2:38)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 0:57)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen, 0:42)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane, 0:56)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo, 4:34)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian, 1:48)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 2:35)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider, 3:56)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane, 1:05)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg, 2:45)

 

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-6; 69-64 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)
March 17 at ANA: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)

Post-Game Report: 2/7 vs. SJS

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Sharks
(33-17-4)
2 1 1 0 4 40
Sabres
(22-21-10)
1 0 3 1 5 36

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres erased a three-goal deficit to win tonight, marking the first time the team has done so since Dec. 27, 2014 vs. NY Islanders (4-3, SO).
    • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight’s comeback was the latest the Sabres have overcome a deficit of three or more goals since Nov. 2, 2006 at Boston, when the team scored at 11:11 of the third period to begin a comeback that culminated in a 5-4 shootout win.
  • The Sabres have gone 6-0-1 in their last seven home games, marking Buffalo’s first seven-game home point streak since the team went 6-0-2 in eight home games from Dec. 10, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014.
  • Buffalo is 12-1-3 in its last 16 home games against Western Conference opponents and 10-4-2 in all games against the West this season.
  • The Sabres are now 59-19-16 (.713) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division, including a 13-0-3 record in the last 16 games. No Pacific Division team has won a game in regulation in Buffalo since the Edmonton Oilers topped the Sabres 3-2 on Nov. 7, 2014.
  • Buffalo has extended its point streak against San Jose to a franchise-best 11 games (10-0-1) with the  win, dating back to a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Feb. 13, 2010. The previous record was five games (3-0-2), set from March 12, 1998 to Dec. 23, 2000.
  • The Sabres are now 17-1-1 all-time at home against the Sharks.
  • With two goals tonight, Evander Kane has 14 even-strength goals since his first of the season (Dec. 3), leading all NHL players.
  • Jack Eichel (two assists) now has 15 points (6+9) in 15 home games this season, including 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 home contests.
  • Eichel now has four two-point nights in his last five home games.
    • The Sabres improved to 19-3-0 in Eichel’s career when he has at least two points.
  • With an assist on Buffalo’s first goal, Tyler Ennis improved his point streak to four games (1+3).
  • Ryan O’Reilly had two points (1+1) tonight, extending his home point streak to four games (3+3). In his last 12 games at home, O’Reilly has 14 points (5+9).
  • Sam Reinhart (assist tonight) now has 11 points (4+7) in his last 11 home games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Sharks
Jones O .861 4.91
Sabres Nilsson W .900 3.93

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Sharks Jones 27-15-4 .917 2.25
Sabres Nilsson 9-7-4 .922 2.67

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer

Sharks forward Melker Karlsson

Sharks forward Marcus Sorensen

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski

Post-Game Report: 1/20 vs. DET

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Red Wings
(20-19-7)
1 0 1 0 2 34
Sabres
(18-18-9)
0 1 1 1 3 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • After the team’s win on Dec. 27 at Detroit, the Sabres now have wins in consecutive matchups with the Red Wings for the first time since March 6, 1994 and Nov. 1, 1995.
    • The Sabres have now earned two wins in a season against the Red Wings for the first time since they won both matchups in the 1989-90 season.
  • The  Sabres have wins in four straight home games for the first time since the team won six in a row at home from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen logged 35:24 of ice time tonight, topping his previous career-high total of 30:22 (1/7/17 vs. Winnipeg) by 5:02.
    • Ristolainen’s 35:24 of ice time is the highest in the NHL since Erik Karlsson skated 36:34 for Ottawa on Dec. 20, 2015.
  • With his goal, Sam Reinhart now has a point in six straight home games (2+6), good for the longest home point streak of his career.
    • Reinhart also now has 14 points in his last 15 games (4+10), marking the best 15-game stretch of his career.
  • With two assists tonight, Jack Eichel now has 11 points (6+5) in 12 home games this season and six points (3+3) in his last five games against Detroit.
    • The Sabres have improved to 14-3-1 (.806) when Eichel tallies two or more points in a game.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded his 25th assist of the season on Reinhart’s goal and now has eight assists in his last eight games against the Red Wings.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Red Wings
Mrazek O .919 2.80
Sabres Nilsson W .941 1.86

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Red Wings
Mrazek 10-11-5 .895 3.13
Sabres Nilsson 8-6-4 .925 2.52

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg

Red Wings forward Darren Helm

Red Wings defenseman Danny Dekeyser

Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek

Post-Game Report: 1/10 vs. PHI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flyers
(21-16-6)
0 0 1 1 40
Sabres
(16-15-9)
0 3 1 4 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Anders Nilsson made 39 saves in the win tonight, improving his record at home this season to 5-1-1 with a .947 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average.
    • Nilsson, who improved to 7-3-4 on the season with the win, now ranks fifth in the NHL with a .930 save percentage.
  • With three points tonight (1+2), Sam Reinhart tied the career-best mark he set a year ago today with a hat trick at Winnipeg on Jan. 10, 2016.
    • Reinhart now has 12 points (3+9) in his last 10 games, including points in four straight home games (1+5).
  • Ryan O’Reilly tallied two assist tonight and now has two points in each of his last three games since returning from injury.
    • O’Reilly has eight points (2+6) in his last seven home games and seven points (1+6) in his last six games overall.
  • Evander Kane’s goal gives him sole possession of the team lead with nine even-strength goals in 29 games this season.
  • With an empty net goal tonight, Marcus Foligno now has a point in four straight home games (3+1).

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Flyers Mason L .885 3.17
Sabres Nilsson W .975 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flyers Mason 14-14-6 .903 3.09
Sabres Nilsson 7-3-4 .930 2.37

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward William Carrier

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol

Flyers forward Claude Giroux

Flyers forward Brayden Schenn

Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere

Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald

Flyers goaltender Steve Mason

Post-Game Report: 12/1 vs. NYR

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Rangers
(16-8-1)
1 2 0 3 25
Sabres
(9-9-5)
1 1 2 4 34

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s win improves the Sabres to 4-1-1 in their last six games and 3-0-1 in their last four home games.
  • With two goals tonight, Jack Eichel has points in a career-best seven straight games played dating back to last season (4+6).
    • Eichel now has 12 points (7+5) in his last nine home games and four points (3+1) in two games this season.
    • The Sabres improved to 26-14-4 (.636) when Eichel records a point and 10-3-1 (.750) when he tallies at least two.
  • With his goal, Johan Larsson now has a point in each of his last three games against the Rangers (2+1).
  • Brian Gionta, who had a goal and an assist tonight, now has 14 points (7+7) in his last 15 games against the Rangers.
  • Marcus Foligno recorded an assist on Gionta’s goal, marking the 100th point of his NHL career.
  • With his assist tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen has taken the league lead with 10 power-play assists on the season.
  • Kyle Okposo’s assist gives him 14 points (4+10) in his last 12 games against the Rangers, including points in each of the last five (2+6).

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Rangers
Lundqvist L .882 4.06
Sabres Nilsson W .880 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Rangers Lundqvist 11-7-1 .914 2.49
Sabres Nilsson 4-2-2 .934 2.30

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist