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Post-Game Report: 12/18 vs. Florida

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
0 1 4 5 36
1 1 0 2 32

Game Summary

Event Summary


Top Notes

  • With two points (1+1) tonight, Jeff Skinner has extended his point streak to seven games (5+4). In his last seven games against the Panthers, Skinner has eight points (6+2).
  • Skinner’s goal was his 25th of the campaign in the team’s 35th game of the season. According to the NHL, Alexander Mogilny (34th team game in 1992-93) is the only player in Sabres history to score 25 before the team’s 35th game of the season.
    • Before Skinner tonight, three other Sabres had scored their 25th goal in the team’s 35th game of the season: Rick Martin (1973-74), Gilbert Perreault (1977-78) and Thomas Vanek (2008-09).
  • Sam Reinhart’s assists tonight extended his point streak to 11 games (5+13). It’s the second-longest active streak in the NHL this season and the Sabres’ longest since Jack Eichel’s 11-game streak from Feb. 14 to March 7, 2017.
  • Jack Eichel’s assist extended his point streak to seven games (9+5).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s goal gave him 11 points (2+9) in his last 11 home games.
  • Alexander Barkov’s power-play goal ended the Sabres’ penalty killing streak at 20 consecutive kills. It was the team’s best such streak since they killed 23 in a row from Jan. 10 to 25, 2016.


Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Panthers Luongo W .938 2.01
Sabres Hutton L .886 4.06


Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Panthers Luongo 7-5-1 .906 2.95
Sabres Hutton 13-9-2 .917 2.61


Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Panthers head coach Bob Boughner

Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov

Panthers forward Frank Vatrano

Post-Game Report: 11/27 vs. San Jose

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
0 0 2 0 2 38
0 1 1 1 3 31

Game Summary

Event Summary


Top Notes

  • With their 10th win in a row, the Sabres have matched their franchise record for consecutive wins in a season. The record was originally set in January 1984 and tied in October 2006.
    • In addition to the three official 10-game winning streaks, the Sabres have twice won at least 10 consecutive regular-season games during streaks that spanned two seasons: 15 games (April 8 to Oct. 26, 2006) and 11 games (April 1 to Oct. 26, 1975).
  • The Sabres now have points in 10 straight games for the first time since they recorded points in 11 straight from Dec. 26 to Jan. 18, 2010 (8-0-3).
  • Buffalo has won six straight home games for the first time since Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The Sabres are now 10-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .833 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 19th goal of the season tied him for the league lead. He is on pace for 65 goals this season, which would be the second-highest goal total in Sabres history, trailing only Alexander Mogilny (76) in 1992-93.
  • With his goal tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen now has five points (1+4) in his last five games.
  • Tage Thompson, who registered an assist on Ristolainen’s goal, now has four points (3+1) in his last five games.
  • Kyle Okposo recorded the secondary assist on Ristolainen’s goal and now has 15 points (5+10) in 14 career games against San Jose.


Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Sharks Jones O .933 1.95
Sabres Hutton W .947 1.95


Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Sharks Jones 9-5-3 .894 2.94
Sabres Hutton 12-6-1 .920 2.50


Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer

Sharks forward Evander Kane

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones

2017-18 Season Recap

2017-18-Season Wrap-Up (PDF)

Top Team Notes:

  • The Sabres tied for sixth in the league with nine shorthanded goals in 2017-18, the team’s highest total since 2005-06 (10).
  • With consecutive wins in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver from Jan. 22 to 25, the Sabres swept a Western Canada road trip for the first time since March 1998.
  • Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson combined to keep the Sabres’ opponents scoreless for 199:19 during the team’s games from Jan. 22 to Jan. 30, marking the team’s longest shutout streak since the franchise-record 226:24 set from Jan. 16 to 25, 2003.
  • The Sabres finished the season with three 50-point players (Eichel/O’Reilly/Reinhart) for the first time since the 2011-12 season (Pominville/Vanek/Stafford).
  • Jack Eichel (21 years old) and Sam Reinhart (22 years old) became the first pair of 25-goal scorers under 23 years of age for the Sabres since Alexander Mogilny and Donald Audette each topped 25 as 22-year-olds in the 1991-92 season.

Top Player Notes:

Jack Eichel

  • Jack Eichel became the ninth unique player in franchise history to lead the team or tie for the team lead in goals, assists and points. He was the first to do so since 2012-13 (Thomas Vanek) and at 21 years of age, he was the youngest player to do so since Pierre Turgeon in 1989-90.
    • Four players have led (or tied to lead) the Sabres in all three categories twice in their careers: Gilbert Perreault (1976-77 and 1977-78), Pierre Turgeon (1988-89 and 1989-90), Miroslav Satan (2001-02 and 2002-03) and Thomas Vanek (2010-11 and 2012-13).
  • With his 25th goal of the season on March 29 vs. Detroit,  Eichel became the first Sabre aged 21 or younger to reach the 25-goal mark since Pierre Turgeon did so in the 1990-91 season.
  • Eichel became just the fourth player in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first three NHL seasons, joining Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek.
  • Eichel joined Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Phil Housley and Christian Ruuttu as the only Sabres to record at least 50 points in each of their first three NHL seasons.
  • Eichel set a new career high with .96 points per game this season. It was the team’s highest points-per-game mark among players with at least 10 games played since Thomas Vanek logged 1.08 points per game in 38 games in 2012-13.
    • His .58 assist per game game ranked as the team’s best rate (min. 10 games) since Derek Roy had .71 assists per game in 35 games in 2010-11.
  • Eichel finished the season ranked ninth in the league with 1.09 points per game on the road (38 points in 35 games). It was the highest road scoring rate by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek recorded 23 points in 20 road games (1.15) in 2012-13 and the highest in a full season since Daniel Briere recorded 48 points in 39 road games (1.23) in 2006-07.
  • Of Eichel’s 64 points this season, 27 were goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations). This topped his previous career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (24) by three in 14 fewer games.
  • Eichel’s five assists on March 31 at Nashville tied the Sabres’ franchise record for most assists in a game. Eichel joined Gilbert Perreault (3x), Pat LaFontaine (3x) and Dale Hawerchuk as the only players in Sabres history to accomplish this feat.
  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Eichel has topped his previous personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

































Robin Lehner

  • Robin Lehner logged a career-best three shutouts this season, bringing his career total to eight. Lehner’s six shutouts as a member of the Sabres rank him eighth in franchise history.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league and set a career high with a faceoff win percentage of 60.0 percent. It was the best season by a Sabres center since the league began publishing faceoff percentage in 1997-98:
    • Ryan O’Reilly – 60.0% (2017-18)
    • 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)
  • O’Reilly also led the NHL in faceoffs won, edging Rod Brind’Amour (1,268 in 2005-06) to set an NHL record for the most by any NHL player in a season. His 954 wins at even strength shattered the previous single-season record (Brind’Amour, 870 in 2001-02).
    • His 29 faceoff wins on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado set a single-game franchise record and tied as the sixth most wins by a player since the league began tracking faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.
  • O’Reilly  became just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

Jason Pominville

  • Pominville moved up the franchise’s all-time leaderboard to rank 12th in regular-season games played (660), eighth in assists (289) and 11th in points (490).

Sam Reinhart

  • Sam Reinhart totaled 37 points (18+19) in his last 38 games of the season. His has 20 goals in 43 games in 2018 tied him for 12th-most in the league from Jan. 1 onward.

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • At 26:29, Rasmus Ristolainen averaged the most ice time per game of his career, edging last year’s total by six seconds per game. It was the highest average ice time by a Sabres skater in a full season with the team since Alexei Zhitnik (26:33) in 2002-03.

Marco Scandella

  • Marco Scandella recorded 17 assists this season, topping his previous career high (16) set in the 2015-16 season. He finished one point shy of his career-best 23 points.

End-Of-Season Press Conferences
General Manager Jason Botterill
Head Coach Phil Housley

Locker Room Clean-Out Interviews
Victor Antipin
Zach Bogosian

Jack Eichel

Josh Gorges
Chad Johnson
Jake McCabe

Casey Mittelstadt
Kyle Okposo
Ryan O’Reilly

Jason Pominville
Sam Reinhart
Rasmus Ristolainen
Evan Rodrigues
Scott Wilson

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

  • Eichel: 3.67 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,274 FOW (1st), 60.0% FO% (1st), 2,124 FO (1st), 15 PPG (T-3rd), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:29 TOI/GP (4th)

1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 3-7-0 (6), 24/40, 9/36, 16/24
81-82: 0-2-0 (0), 8/11, 3/8, 5/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

Post-Game Report: 12/12 vs. Ottawa

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
0 0 2 2 26
0 3 0 3 25

Game Summary

Event Summary


Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres have won four straight games against the Senators for the first time since they won six in a row from Dec. 4, 2010 to Nov. 11, 2011.
  • The Sabres now have points in nine straight meetings with the Senators (7-0-2) for the first time in the all-time series.
  • With his goal tonight, Evander Kane extended his point streak to five games (2+3) for the first time since he had points in eight straight games from Feb. 12 to 26, 2013.
  • Benoit Pouliot scored his eighth goal of the season. The Sabres are now 6-0-1 this season when Pouliot scores and 7-0-1 when he records a point.
    • Pouliot leads all Sabres in lasting-lead goals this season, scoring four go-ahead goals that have given the Sabres leads that they never relinquished.
  • Jack Eichel’s assist on Kane’s goal gives him 11 points (4+7) in eight career games against the Senators, including at least a point in each game. Eichel’s goal, assist and point totals against Ottawa tie or top his totals against every other NHL team.
  • Robin Lehner is now 5-0-2 in nine career appearances against his former club with a .955 save percentage and a 1.39 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo’s goal gave him 14 points (5+9) in 16 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including at least a point in each of his last four games against the Senators (3+2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly, who recorded the primary assist on Okposo’s goal, now has 15 points (6+9) in 15 career games against the Senators. In his last six games against Ottawa, O’Reilly has seven points (4+3).
  • With two assists tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen now has eight assists in his last seven games against the Senators.


Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Senators Condon L .880 3.10
Sabres Lehner W .923 2.01


Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Senators Condon 2-3-4 .900 3.27
Sabres Lehner 7-12-4 .911 2.87


Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Benoit Pouliot

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Senators head coach Guy Boucher

Senators forward Derick Brassard

Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson

Senators goaltender Mike Condon

Post-Game Report: 11/28 vs. Tampa Bay

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
1 1 0 2 26
0 0 0 0 34

Game Summary

Event Summary


Top Notes

  • The Sabres outshot their opponent for the fifth straight game tonight, but fell to 5-6-3 when outshooting opponents this season.
  • With tonight’s loss, the Sabres have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 17 and 18, 2014.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led all Sabres with 26:00 of ice time tonight. It was his fifth career game with at least 26 minutes and his highest total since his career-high 26:56 on Oct. 17 at Vegas.
  • With seven shots tonight, Evander Kane has tied Alexander Ovechkin for the league lead with 117 shots on the season.


Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Lightning Vasilevskiy W .930 2.30
Sabres Lehner L .905 2.96


Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Lightning Vasilevskiy 16-3-1 .933 2.19
Sabres Lehner 5-11-2 .906 2.92


Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper

Lightning forward Mikhail Sergachev

Lightning forward Tyler Johnson

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman