- With his first save of the second period, Ryan Miller broke Dominik Hasek’s franchise record for most saves as a member of the Sabres. Miller finished the game with 13,332 career saves.
- Adam Pardy has recorded a career-high two points for the second time in his career (last: Oct. 6, 2009 vs. MTL, two assists).
- Mark Pysyk has now recorded his first- and second-career points, with assists in consecutive games.
- Jochen Hecht (1+1) had his first multi-point game since Dec. 28, 2010 at EDM.
- With two assists, Mike Weber recorded his first multi-point game since March 19, 2011 vs. ATL.
- The Sabres’ third and fourth goals of the game were scored just 12 seconds apart. They were the quickest two goals scored by the Sabres since Derek Roy and Corey Tropp scored 11 seconds apart in the first period of a 6-5 overtime win vs. WPG on Nov. 8, 2011.
Buffalo defenseman Adam Pardy:
On his assist on the Sabres’ first goal: “It just kind of opened up, you know Weber made a great D-to-D pass and Neil came out at the lane, and I just saw (Adam) in the corner of my eye, he was wide open there. There was a lane there, so a great shot by him getting us started.”
On Luke Adam scoring his first NHL goal since Dec. 17, 2011: “It’s been a tough year for him. I know what he’s been through over the last couple of years, so it was a good feeling for him to get that goal.”
On coming from behind to win in the third period: “We didn’t feel we played well in the second. We gave up way too many chances. Way too many turnovers in the neutral zone, you know, trying to go east-west. …We wanted to correct that, make sure we worked a little harder and go a little more north-south instead of trying to make those plays into the middle of the ice and getting picked off.”
Buffalo forward Steve Ott:
On the Sabres’ focus during the final stretch of the season: “I think all of us have a big reason to play in this stretch run. If it’s young guys trying to make the team next year, if it’s guys looking for contracts, if it’s veteran guys looking for extensions.”
On whether the Sabres are still thinking about the playoffs: “There’s so many aspects to play this game, and there’s still a lot of life in here to maybe even catch a playoff spot. There’s a true factor of us actually catching a playoff spot, we hold some destiny in our own hands. Obviously we’re going to need some help from some of the top-end teams to knock off the guys we’re racing with, but you know what? We’re playing a lot of those guys we’re racing with for a playoff spot, so we have to continue to be, I guess, that old ‘Bad News Bears’ hockey club.”
On whether the team thinks they are rebuilding: “There’s no indication of that even being said in this room. We really want to fight, there’s a lot to play for in this dressing room and we have 10 games left to show that.”
Buffalo forward Brian Flynn:
On whether the team thinks they are rebuilding: “Obviously we lose a lot of leadership, a lot of good veteran players, but we just stressed that from the younger guys or some of the guys who weren’t in as big of a role, had more opportunity, and had the opportunity, I guess, for the rest of the year to prove themselves.”
On his goal in the third period: “I don’t know if (Hecht) knew I was there or just kind of threw one on net, but it’s the one thing we stressed after the second – we need to get more bodies, more pucks to the net. With those last two goals we scored, we were just driving to the net and putting pucks there.”
On the style of game Flynn tries to play: “I’m just trying to play a responsible game out there, you know, not give up anything defensively, and (be) smart, manage the puck well, and hopefully use my speed in there on the fore-check. If I can produce a little secondary offense from the third line, I think it’s a bonus.”
Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner:
On struggling with the power play: “Yeah, I could have been a huge help too and I wasn’t. We need to find our way back here and keep a play off push for now and go back to the sketch table and go back to the basics.”
On getting back to basics to help correct problems: “Yeah I think so. I thought we played well but they had more goals today.”
Ottawa forward Cory Conacher:
On the momentum of the game changing with Buffalo’s two quick goals: “Yeah, for sure. I think we deserved a little better fate than what we got, obviously. Maybe a couple bounces didn’t go our way tonight and Miller made a couple big saves for them and a couple rebounds that we just couldn’t find the puck after. It happens but hopefully we can forget about this game, turn the page, and go into Florida on Sunday and play a full 60 minutes.”
On playing his first game with Ottawa: “I felt really comfortable with the team and the guys I played with tonight. Us three youngsters, as you say, it’s an easy fit to play with those guys. They are good players. [They’re] fast and they move the puck fast, which is right up my alley. Obviously it would have been better to win the game and maybe contribute a little more but it happens and we will turn the page and go on to the next one.”