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Post-Game Report: 10/9 vs. New Jersey

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Devils
(2-0-0)
2 4 0 6 31
Sabres
(0-2-1)
0 1 1 2 25

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With two goals, Evander Kane has six points (4+2) in his first three games this season, including at least a point in all three games.
  • Kane finished the game tied for second in the NHL in goals (4), tied for third in points (6) and leading the league in shots on goal (26).
  • With today’s loss, the Sabres have gone winless in five straight games against the Devils for the first time since the team went 0-2-3 at home against New Jersey from Feb. 12, 2002 to Dec. 19, 2003

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Devils Schneider W .920 2.00
Sabres Johnson
Lehner
L
ND
.727
1.000
5.91
0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Devils Schneider 2-0-0 .955 1.50
Sabres Johnson
Lehner
0-1-0
0-1-1
.816
.908
5.91
3.22

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson

Devils head coach John Hynes

Devils forward Marcus Johansson

Devils forward Jesper Bratt

Devils goaltender Cory Schneider

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: 3/11 vs. CBJ

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blue Jackets
(43-18-6)
3 0 0 3 36
Sabres
(28-29-12)
0 3 2 5 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s win was the Sabres’ first regulation win in a game in which they trailed by three or more goals since Dec. 29, 2009 vs. Pittsburgh (4-3 win).
  • With the last five goals tonight, the Sabres scored five or more unanswered goals for the first time since Dec. 26, 2015 at Boston (6-3 win).
  • With his goal, Jake McCabe has a point in each of his last two games against Columbus and six points (2+4) in his last eight games overall.
  • Matt Moulson now has 10 power-play goals this season. It’s the second-highest total of his career and the most he’s had since 2011-12 (14).
  • Evander Kane’s two-point night gives him nine points (5+4) in his last seven games against the Blue Jackets.
  • With two points tonight, Jack Eichel now has six points (2+4) in five career games against Columbus.
    • Eichel leads the league in points (25) and assists (19) since the beginning of February.
    • Eichel has 29 points (11+18) in 25 home games this season, including nine multi-point outings.
    • The Sabres are now 12-2-0 this season (and 21-5-0 in Eichel’s career) when he has at least two points.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blue Jackets
Korpisalo L .867 4.06
Sabres Nilsson
Lehner

W
.750
1.000
9.09
0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blue Jackets Korpisalo 5-3-0 .909 2.82
Sabres Nilsson
Lehner
9-9-4
19-20-8
.917
.921
2.84
2.66

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella

Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno

Blue Jackets forward Sam Gagner

Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo

Post-Game Report: 2/19 vs. CHI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blackhawks
(36-18-5)
1 2 2 5 37
Sabres
(26-24-10)
1 0 0 1 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s loss dropped the Sabres to 12-7-2 against the Western Conference and 4-6-1 in the second game of a back-to-back set this season.
  • With his goal, Evander Kane has 15 points (9+6) in his last 14 games.
    • The goal tied Kane for fifth in the NHL with 20 even-strength goals this season.
  •  Jack Eichel’s assist gives him 18 points (5+13) in his last 18 games and 19 points (7+12) in 20 home games this season.
    • Eichel leads all NHL players with 11 assists in February.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s assist gives him points in seven straight home games (1+6).

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blackhawks
Darling W .960 1.01
Sabres Lehner L .865 5.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blackhawks Darling 24-13-7 .928 2.19
Sabres Lehner 17-17-6 .925 2.54

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane

Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman

Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling

Post-Game Report: 2/18 vs. STL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blues
(31-23-5)
1 0 1 2 39
Sabres
(26-23-10)
1 2 0 3 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Today’s game was the seventh of eight afternoon games (3 p.m. ET or earlier) for the Sabres this season. The team is 5-2-0 in the first seven and was 6-3-2 in 11 afternoon games last season.
  • With the win, the Sabres have improved to 8-2-1 at home in 2017.
  • Evander Kane recorded two points (1+1) today, giving him 14 points (8+6) in his last 13 games.
    • Kane’s goal tied him for sixth in the NHL with 19 even-strength goals this season.
    • With 20 goals in 47 games this season, Kane has already matched his total from 2015-16 (65 GP).
  • Nicholas Baptiste recorded his first career multi-point game (1+1), including his first NHL assist.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s power-play goal gave him seven points (3+4) in his last seven games, including a point in each of his last four.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded his 100th NHL point with an assist on O’Reilly’s goal, becoming the third-youngest Sabres defenseman ever to reach that milestone.
  • With his assist, Jack Eichel has 17 points (5+12) in his last 17 games. He also has 18 points (7+11) in 19 home contests this season.
  • Robin Lehner stopped 37 of 39 shots and now has a .935 save percentage in 2017 (15 games).
    • As of the end of the game, his .926 save percentage ranked fourth in the NHL on the season.
  • Injury Update: Sam Reinhart missed this afternoon’s game due to an illness.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blues
Allen L .893 3.08
Sabres Lehner W .949 2.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blues Allen 22-15-3 .902 2.69
Sabres Lehner 17-16-6 .926 2.47

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Nicholas Baptiste

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Blues head coach Mike Yeo

Blues forward Kyle Brodziak

Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson

Blues defenseman Colton Parayko