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Post-Game Report: 9/29 vs. TOR

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Maple Leafs
0 0  0  – 0 26
1 2 1  – 4 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • As of the end of tonight’s game, the Sabres led the league with 21 goals through five preseason games, including a league-best nine special-teams goals (four power play, five shorthanded).
  • With Jack Eichel’s second shorthanded goal of the preseason, the Sabres have now scored a shorthanded goal in each of the team’s five preseason games.
    • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the team’s regular-season record for most consecutive games with a shorthanded goal is four (2x, 2/26/94-3/6/94 & 3/28/95-4/4/95).
  • Evan Rodrigues led the Sabres with two goals tonight, getting the first two NHL preseason points of his career.
  • In his return from an injury that kept him out of the first four preseason games, Rasmus Ristolainen led both teams with 23:32  of ice time. Cody Franson (21:49) ranked second among Sabres skaters and logged a game-high plus-3 rating against his former team.
  • Tonight’s Attendance: 17,357

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock

Maple Leafs forward William Nylander

Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul

Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier

Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer

Post-Game Report: 11/15 vs. TOR

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Maple Leafs
0 2 0 2 34
2 2 2 6 35

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 14-1-1 in their last 16 home games against the Maple Leafs, including wins in their last four.
  • Buffalo’s six-goal game was the first for the team since a 7-4 win at Boston on Jan. 31, 2013.
  • The Sabres got goals from five different players (Girgensons [2x], Ennis, Stafford, Moulson, Myers) for the first time since Feb. 26, 2014, a 5-4 overtime win vs. Boston.
  • Three Sabres are on three-game point streaks after tonight’s game: Ennis (2+3), Moulson (1+4), Stafford (1+3)
  • Zemgus Girgensons recorded his second career two-goal game tonight (last: April 8, 2014 vs. Detroit). He now has consecutive multi-point games for the first time in his career.
  • With a goal and two assists tonight, Matt Moulson now has 19 points (13+6) in his last 19 games against Toronto, including 14 (9+5) in his last 11.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ted Nolan

Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers

Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth

Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle

Maple Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas

Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson

Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer

Post-Game Report: 9/21 vs. TOR

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
Maple Leafs (3-0-1) 0 0 2 0 1 3 34
Sabres (3-0-1) 0 2 0 0 0 2 40

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres have gotten eight goals from rookies during the preseason (Girgensons-2, Larsson-2, Armia-1, Grigorenko-1, McNabb-1, Pysyk-1), more than any other team in the league.
  • Tonight’s shootout was the longest in Sabres history, including both preseason and regular season games.
  • According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 15-round shootout tied the NHL regular-season record set on Nov. 26, 2005 by NY Rangers and Washington. Preseason shootouts are not included in their records.
  • Despite playing in only two of Buffalo’s four preseason games so far, Marcus Foligno leads the Sabres with three goals and is tied for the team lead with three points.

Player Audio

Jhonas Enroth

Steve Ott

Mark Pysyk

James Reimer

Dion Phaneuf

Post-Game Report: 3/21 vs. TOR

Top Notes

  • The Sabres improved to 11-1-1 in their last 13 home games against the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres rallied from a two-goal deficit to win for the third time this season. The other two were 1/31 at BOS and 2/7 vs. MTL.
  • Christian Ehrhoff tied his career high with his fifth career three-point game (1+2). The Sabres are 8-1-0 since acquiring Ehrhoff when he records two or more points.
  • Tyler Ennis also had a multi-point game (1+1). The Sabres are 23-4-2 in his career when Ennis tallies at least two points.
  • Ennis had a TOI of 24:12, nearly two minutes more than his previous career high, set on April 3, 2012 vs. TOR (22:23). Like tonight, Ennis recorded a goal and an assist in that game.
  • Steve Ott’s TOI of 23:26 was the third-highest of his career (Oct. 10, 2011: 24:17 and March 8, 2009: 24:15).
  • With his goal, Marcus Foligno maintained his point-per-game pace against the Maple Leafs (1+5 in six games).

Top Quotes

Toronto goaltender James Reimer:

On the Maple Leafs’ overall team play: “I thought we battled hard and I thought we worked really hard and we probably deserved a better fate.”

On playing against the Sabres: “They’re a desperate team, and with the shortened season, being a couple points back, I’m sure they’re playing a little bit more desperate hockey right now. So you give them credit for how hard they played and how hard they worked, but I think kudos to them, but I mean, like I said, us playing two games in two nights, I thought we worked really hard and we matched their work ethic and that’s impressive.”

 On the team’s defensive play: “When you score four you should win, and at least we got a point which is important. …We’re working on it and obviously it’s on us goaltenders and on as a team defensively.”

 Toronto forward Tyler Bozak:

On Ryan Miller’s play:  “When he’s on, he’s on. He’s one of the best goalies in the league when he’s on his game, and he seems to play good against us a lot of the time. They played hard tonight it was a good hockey game, and I mean we’re happy to get a point. Whenever it gets to a shootout it’s, you know, you can’t get too high when you win them, you can’t get too low when you lose them so I mean we’re happy to get one point here.”

On the Maple Leafs’ chemistry on offense: “We got pretty short there tonight; we lost a few guys, but I think with the three lines we had, everyone is contributing, gaining chemistry within each other and I think it’s working well for us.”

On how to improve in the shootouts: “Just I guess practice like everything else. We do breakaways every practice pretty much, I mean at the end of practice we mess around a do breakaways on the goalies.”

Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta:

On how the crowd affects the players: “It’s great to play when it’s real loud. You know you feed off of it and I don’t think sometimes the crowd understands how much we feed of them and they were awesome tonight and really kept the energy up for us.”

On rebounding from an early deficit: “Credit to us for sticking with our game plan. We know that we have a bit of a hill to climb, but why can’t we be the team? We’re coming together here and playing as a team and I think we’re reaping the benefits of it.”

Sabres forward Marcus Foligno:

On going to the net: “Yeah, yeah, I would honestly like to have the first one (breakaway attempt) back but it was just something you’ve got to get around the net. I think all my goals are coming from the paint, so it’s just something in this league that puck have to do. They have to get into the net.”

On how it feels to play in a tight game: “It was exciting on the bench and everyone was up and was just fun hockey and now we are kind of in the playoff battle, really. We really need points and we need points quick to make the playoffs. Every game is intense and against Toronto. Obviously, their fans come here and it’s pretty loud for them. But we got our fans out later and we really picked up our tempo.”

On getting on a winning streak: “Yeah, they were big games, too, against Montreal and Toronto. They’re both big clubs and skilled clubs. I think it’s something we have accomplished and is just huge for our team.”

Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff:

On a regulation win versus a shootout win: “Yeah definitely, you know it would be nice if we can get some regulation wins because we basically we are trying to catch those teams but you know we are pretty happy with the shootout win and, like you said, it was a good game to watch for the fans too.”

On trying early in the third to get a quick goal: “Obviously, you know, we tried to get it to go in on the power play and tried to score. We had some good shots and good looks tonight and I got an open lane there so that was definitely a good start to the period.”

On the two-goal deficit and comeback: “It didn’t really seem to affect us negatively and to be down we just kept going and stuck to our game plan.

Post-Game Report: 1/29 vs. TOR

Top Notes

  • Mikhail Grigorenko scored his first NHL goal at 7:10 of the third period, becoming the fifth-youngest player in franchise history to score a goal (18 years, 258 days). The four younger scorers were Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 54 days on 10/21/87), Adam Creighton (18 years, 199 days on 12/18/83), Phil Housley (18 years, 221 days on 10/16/82) and Mike Moller (18 years, 243 days on 2/14/81).
  • Jason Pominville’s power play goal was the 179th goal of his career. With the goal, Pominville passed Phil Housley for 12th-most in Sabres history.
  • Thomas Vanek recorded an assist on Pominville’s goal, giving him his 457th career point and propelling him past Miroslav Satan for 10th-most points in Sabres history.
  • Christian Ehrhoff finished the night with a TOI of 28:28, which was 3:31 more than the next highest Sabres skater. It was the 10th-highest TOI of his career.

Top Quotes

Sabres forward Jason Pominville:

On Mikhail Grigorenko’s first NHL goal: “I think everyone is excited for him, obviously a big goal that tied the game up. He was able to get us that point and it was nice to see him get rewarded and he obviously got the fans going and got the boys going. He worked hard, he deserves to be here and it was nice to see him get rewarded.”

On Buffalo’s defensive play: “I think at times we weren’t good enough. They are a team that is good on the rush and I think we have to try to limit those rush opportunities and not hand them anything … We created more offensively than we did in the past and we have to bear down on some of the opportunities we get and it might be a different game.”

On Mike Brown’s first-period hit on Patrick Kaleta: “Again, this is a tough call. It happened so fast and I don’t want to say anything against the refs either but, I mean, they are in a tough position, but I think obviously from our side we would have hoped more than [the penalty that] was given to [Brown]. [Kaleta]didn’t come back into the game and we lose a key player on our team because of the hit that we felt was from behind, but there’s nothing we can do about it besides kill it off and go back to work. But we got to give credit to [Mike Weber], who stepped in, and so we will take that penalty anytime.”

Sabres defenseman Mike Weber:

On Mikhail Grigorenko’s first NHL goal: “I couldn’t be happier for the kid. He’s got a lot of great potential and, I mean, he’s 18 years old, so I think it’s fair to say we can jump off his back a little bit and let him develop and grow and is he going to be a special player for a lot of years for us.”

Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko:

On Toronto’s second goal: “For [Toronto’s second goal], there was one guy against four players with us and the Toronto players came off the bench and then [Toronto’s third goal] there was a three-on-three, I lost my position and they went three-on-two and scored a goal.”

Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf:

On the competitiveness of the game: “I think it was a real hard fought game by both teams. They didn’t give  up a whole lot and we didn’t give up a ton either, but I thought it was obviously a huge goal by [Matt Frattin] … But it was a battle. They played hard and they always play extremely hard in this building. They play hard, and I thought we weathered it good.”

On Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer: “I think [Reimer] is playing really solid for us. Last game, we didn’t give him much help but tonight he was there when we needed him, whenever there was a breakdown, which happens in the game. No game goes through a full 60 or 65 minutes without mistakes and he’s there  to make the saves when we have letdowns and breakdowns. They are going to happen and he was there tonight and that was a huge part of this win for our team.”

On playing at First Niagara Center: “We know that it’s a tough building to play in and we haven’t had a lot of success here, but it feels good to get the win and now we move forward.”

Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer:

On not playing for a long time: “Anytime you haven’t played for a while, it takes time to get comfortable. Every practice, you get more comfortable and it’s hard to replicate games. There are different situations and there were certain situations that happened today that haven’t happened in the last two games. You learn from them and get better.”

Maple Leafs forward Jay McClement:

On not giving up the lead: “It’s obviously huge for our confidence, but I think we reacted a lot better too tonight when they tied it up. We didn’t shy away from our game, we kept going, kept getting chances so that was good to see us react better.”

On playing with Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski: “It was quite an adjustment to get used to the wing, but those guys make a lot of plays, so I just try to compliment them and get on the forecheck and get a lot of chances.”

On getting his first goal as a Maple Leaf: “It’s always good, feels good to get the first one obviously but it was a lot louder in here than I expected. I’ve never played here with the Leafs so it was fun.”

On playing a bigger role: “We had a couple of our big guys out tonight so its great to see everybody step up and us moving up in the lineup, trying to take advantage of those minutes and wait until they get back, but it’s obviously great to see some guys step up.”

On the Maple Leafs’ reaction to the tied game: Our reaction was better tonight, it was much more mature. I think we learned from the last couple games and got right back to our game after they tied it up and we created chances and kept going on the forecheck and that was a good sign, so hopefully that will be a sign of things to come.