- The Sabres are on a season-high three-game win streak for the third time this season.
- Buffalo improved to 5-4 in the shootout this season and 48-41 in franchise history.
- Buffalo’s 44 hits tonight was the team’s highest total since 2005-06.
- April is the Sabres’ best month since 2005-06; they now have a 26-11-3 April record (.688) in that span, including a 3-0-0 record so far this season.
- With his goal, Steve Ott has points (3+0) in three consecutive games for the first time this season.
- Steve Ott became the second Sabres skater to score in three straight games this season, joining Cody Hodgson (Jan. 20-24). Ott is on his third career three-game goal streak. The first two came one game apart: Jan. 27-31, 2009 and Feb. 5-8, 2009.
- Steve Ott now has points in his last five games against the Devils (1G, 4A) after going pointless in his first nine against them.
New Jersey defenseman Mark Fayne:
On the play of Dainius Zubrus leading to Fayne’s goal: “It’s pretty amazing when a guy can draw four or five guys while he’s killing a penalty. It’s good to have him back. He’s a horse out there. When you saw him flying around, you knew nobody was going to be able to step up and stop him. Once I saw the third or fourth guy go over to him, I knew there was going to be an open area. He made a great play finding me and I just tried to get it to the net.”
On gaining a point tonight: “We know every point is crucial, obviously. It’s tough because you aren’t giving away points but leaving one here when we know we could have come up with the win tonight, with all the opportunities and the way we played, but I guess we just got to build off of this. It’s the first point in a few games so we’ve got to get two next time.”
On the Devils’ chances in the offensive zone: “It wasn’t all on the perimeter, either. We had some good chances in close and some rebound chances; we just hit a few knobs and it just wasn’t going in.”
New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus:
On his exuberant celebration: “I haven’t played in two months so, yeah, it’s all those things combined. It was a big goal for us. Unfortunately, it seems like we lose whenever we outplay teams. We outchanced them, outshot them; I mean, we just can’t get a win. It is frustrating, but to be honest with you, if we play the same way, I will not be shocked if we win the rest of the games because I think no matter who we play against, we’ve played that way the last three games, so it’s tough but we move forward.”
On only getting one point: “We need two points. Every game is a huge game. It’s a race now; it’s not a marathon, it’s a sprint. We want to get every point, so it’s frustrating but, like I said, if we play the same way I will not be shocked if we win the rest of the games.”
On the Devils’ play tonight: “For the most part, we played really well. We need more goals. We need to score, because we have the opportunities. Just because we don’t, I mean, the games are close and we find a way to lose instead of winning. It’s frustrating, of course, because I know where we are in the standings – we all do – we feel like we deserve to get a bounce here or there but it hasn’t gone that way so we just put our heads down and skate and do the same thing that we always do.”
New Jersey head coach Peter DeBoer:
On how he would describe the game: “Frustrating. You know, I was proud of our effort and how hard we worked, but again we leave points on the table and there have been too many of those.”
On the Devils’ shootout woes this season: “What are you going to do? Last year we lived on it and this year it is really hurting us.”
On the Devils’ play tonight: “We did some good things. We have to score five-on-five. You’ve still got to score more than two goals. I think our five-on-five goal production all year has been an issue. We generated chances and shots and opportunities but we just aren’t finishing like we need to.”
On newly acquired Steve Sullivan: “He’s got a good shootout record. I thought he did a great job for us tonight. Their line spent the whole night in the other team’s end. They didn’t have anything to show for it five-on-five, but it wasn’t for lack of effort.”
Buffalo forward Steve Ott:
On the team’s overall play: “I thought we played pretty solid. We had some ups and downs in the game. Obviously you have mistakes, that happens. All of us our guilty of a lot of mistakes out there but no team isn’t. We have a goaltender that backs us up and it makes everyone a little bit more confident on that ice.”
On scoring opportunities throughout the game: “There was obviously some opportunities out there. They were ending us in the zone but I thought we did a great job with those two-minute shifts. It seemed like guys kept them to the outside, blocked shots, they weren’t getting good scoring opportunities. The fans were booing us every opportunity they got, those things are disappointing in a sense that we created momentum from having a hard-working defensive zone shifts, catching it on the offensive, scoring big, timely goals, and those are the ones that win you games.”
On his goal in the second period: “I think [Nathan] Gerbe just before that caught an icing. He raced down there, got the icing, we pushed the puck back around Gerbs got the puck again, found Cody backside, and Cody found me in the slot there, I just tried to get it up and it found a way in.”
Buffalo forward Patrick Kaleta:
On scoring his first goal of the season: “It feels good to be able to contribute offensively. I want to be that person where I’m all around and I worked at it pretty so be able to get it in the net is great. But ultimately in the game we have to be better. Give us a credit for being resilient and sticking with it but ultimately we need to tighten up and be better for a full 60 minutes.”
On opportunities within the lines: “We don’t want to have those 12 minutes in games at all. Sometimes it’s a matter of staying in the middle and letting them pass around and giving them nothing – but we want to play our game and get in their zone on the forecheck.”
On winning the game but not in regulation: “Special teams are a huge part of the game. From myself to penalty kill and power play, we have to beat them – really bear down and get things done on special teams. Tonight we had certain things go well but we can always get better in certain points. We can always get better, but we have to learn from it.”