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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: 2/9 vs. ANA

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Ducks
(29-17-10)
1 0 4 5 44
Sabres
(22-22-10)
0 1 1 2 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres failed to get a point at home for the first time since Dec. 29 vs. Boston, ending a 6-0-1 run at KeyBank Center.
  • Anaheim became the first Pacific Division team to earn a regulation win at KeyBank Center since a 3-2 Edmonton win on Nov. 7, 2014, ending a 13-0-3 run at home against the Pacific Division for the Sabres.
    • The Sabres are now 12-2-3 in their last 17 home games against the Western Conference and 10-5-2 overall against the West this season.
  • Anaheim’s first goal snapped a streak of 218:39 without allowing a 5-on-5 goal for Robin Lehner that dated back to Jan. 31 at Montreal. The streak included 105 saves and 186:37 of 5-on-5 ice time.
  • Jack Eichel’s goal gives him 16 points (7+9) in 16 home games this season, including nine (3+6) in his last six contests at home.
  • Kyle Okposo’s assist on Eichel’s goal extended his point streak to four games (2+2) and gives him nine points (5+4) in nine career games against Anaheim.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (assist) now has at least a point in each of his last five home games (3+4) and 15 points (5+10) in his last 13 games at KeyBank Center.
  • Sam Reinhart’s assist tonight gives him 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 home games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Ducks
Gibson
Bernier
W
ND
.917
1.000
2.22
0.00
Sabres Lehner L .907 4.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Ducks Gibson
Bernier
21-13-8
8-4-2
.920
.906
2.29
2.80
Sabres Lehner 13-15-6 .923 2.57

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle

Ducks forward Corey Perry

Ducks forward Antoine Vermette

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell

Post-Game Report: 12/16 vs. NYI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(11-13-6)
1 1 0 0 2 35
Sabres
(12-11-6)
0 1 1 1 3 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 7-3-2 in their last 12 games, including a 6-2-1 record in their last nine home games.
  • Nine of the last 10 games between these teams in Buffalo (and 14 of the last 18 overall) have been decided by a single goal.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded two points (1+1) tonight, including the game-winning goal. Ristolainen now has points in a career-best five straight games, totaling nine points (2+7) during that span.
    • Ristolainen, who finished the game tied for 12th in the league with 19 assists, has assisted on 31.1 percent of his teammates’ goals this season.
  • With his goal tonight, Matt Moulson now has seven points (6+1) in eight career games against the Islanders.
    • Moulson finished the game tied for second in the NHL with seven power-play goals this season.
  •  With his assist tonight, Kyle Okposo now has 12 points (4+8) in his last 11 games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Islanders Berube O .919 2.97
Sabres Lehner W .943 1.98

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Berube 0-0-1 .921 2.71
Sabres Lehner 7-9-4 .920 2.45

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Matt Moulson

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano

Islanders forward Shane Prince

Islanders forward Ryan Strome

Islanders goaltender Jean-Francois Berube

Post-Game Report: 12/6 vs. EDM

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Oilers
(14-10-4)
0 2 1 0 3 37
Sabres
(10-10-6)
2 0 1 1 4 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 5-2-2 in their last nine games.
  • The Sabres are now 8-1-3 in their last 12 home games against Western Conference opponents.
  • The Sabres have defeated the Oilers twice in a season for the first time since going 2-1-0 in the season series in 1985-86. Buffalo last swept the season series against Edmonton in 2011-12, when the Sabres earned a win in the lone game between the teams for the seventh consecutive season (2005-06 to 2011-12; no matchups in 2007-08).
  • With two goals, Evander Kane now has a point in four of his last five games (3+2), including at least one in each of his last three home games.
  • Brian Gionta’s goal gave him eight points (4+4) in his last seven games against the Oilers.
  • With the game-winning goal and two assists, Rasmus Ristolainen now has seven points (1+6) in his last five games and eight points (2+6) in his last six games against the Oilers.
    • Ristolainen finished the game tied for 16th in the NHL with 15 assists and tied for ninth among NHL defensemen with 16 points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly recorded two assists tonight and now has six points (2+4) in his last five games.
    • O’Reilly has 23 points (9+14) in his last 20 games against Edmonton, including points in five straight (5+6).

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Oilers Talbot O .846 3.97
Sabres Nilsson W .919 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Oilers Talbot 13-9-3 .914 2.60
Sabres Nilsson 5-2-2 .932 2.38

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan

Oilers forward Connor McDavid

Oilers forward Drake Caggiula

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl

SABRES SIGN RISTOLAINEN TO SIX-YEAR DEAL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 11, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to a six-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $5.4 million.

“Rasmus has already proven to be a pivotal player on our blue line and we are eager to have him back with the team,” Sabres General Manager Tim Murray said. “This deal is a reflection of the hard work and improvement Rasmus has shown since being drafted and we hope to see him continue on this trajectory moving forward.”

Ristolainen (6’4”, 207 lbs., 10/27/1994) established new career-highs and led all Sabres defensemen in games played (82), goals (9), assists (32) and points (41) last season. He also ranked 10th in the NHL with an average time on ice per game of 25:16 and ninth among NHL defensemen with 202 shots. In September, he represented Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, tallying six shots and averaging 23:02 of ice time in three tournament games.

Since being drafted by the Sabres in the first round (8th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Ristolainen has played in three NHL seasons. The Turku, Finland, native has recorded 65 points (19+46) and 65 penalty minutes in 194 career games.