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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: 3/21 vs. Pittsburgh

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Penguins
(46-17-9)
1 0 2 3 34
Sabres
(30-32-12)
0 0 1 1 30

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Note

  • Zach Bogosian led all skaters with a career-high 33:29 of ice time tonight, topping his previous mark of 32:23, set on Feb. 19, 2015 at Philadelphia.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Penguins
Murray W .967 1.00
Sabres Lehner L .912 3.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Penguins Murray 28-9-3 .924 2.38
Sabres Lehner 20-23-8 .921 2.65

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

Penguins forward Conor Sheary

Penguins forward Nick Bonino

Penguins goaltender Matthew Murray

Post-Game Report: 3/4 vs. TBL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Lightning
(30-26-8)
0 1 0 0 1 2 32
Sabres
(27-26-12)
1 0 0 0 0 1 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Jack Eichel’s assist on Buffalo’s goal extends his point streak to a career-best nine games (2+10).
    • Eichel’s point streak is the longest active streak in the NHL and the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.
  • With his power-play goal in the first period, Ryan O’Reilly has points in 13 of his last 15 games at KeyBank Center, including five points (2+3) in his last three games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen earned the primary assist on O’Reilly’s goal, tying him for the league lead with 21 power-play assists this season.
  • Injury Update: Dmitry Kulikov left tonight’s game with an upper-body injury.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Lightning
Vasilevskiy W .969 0.92
Sabres Lehner O .969 0.92

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Lightning Vasilevskiy 14-13-5 .913 2.69
Sabres Lehner 18-18-8 .922 2.59

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper

Lightning forward Tyler Johnson

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov

Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman

Post-Game Report: 2/16 vs. COL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Avalanche
(15-38-2)
0 0 0 0 23
Sabres
(25-23-10)
0 1 1 2 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Evander Kane’s goal tonight gives him 12 points (7+5) in his last  12 games.
  • Kane, who leads all NHL players in even-strength goals since Dec. 1, finished the game tied for 11th in the league with 18 even-strength goals on the season.
  • Robin Lehner earned his second shutout of the season and the fifth of his career. His 23 saves were the fewest needed by a Sabres goaltender in a shutout since Ryan Miller stopped all 22 Florida Panthers shots on Oct. 20, 2011 in Florida.
    • Lehner finished tonight’s game ranked sixth in the NHL with a .926 save percentage this season.
  • With his power-play goal, Sam Reinhart now has six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly, who recorded an assist on Reinhart’s goal, has tallied at least a point in all three of his career games against the Avalanche (0+4).
  • With his assist on Reinhart’s goal, Rasmus Ristolainen has points in a career-best five straight home games (1+4).
  • Injury update: Derek Grant left tonight’s game with a shoulder injury.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Avalanche
Pickard L .938 2.06
Sabres Lehner W 1.000 0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Avalanche Pickard 9-18-1 .905 2.98
Sabres Lehner 16-16-6 .926 2.49

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar

Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog

Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard

Post-Game Report: 1/20 vs. DET

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Red Wings
(20-19-7)
1 0 1 0 2 34
Sabres
(18-18-9)
0 1 1 1 3 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • After the team’s win on Dec. 27 at Detroit, the Sabres now have wins in consecutive matchups with the Red Wings for the first time since March 6, 1994 and Nov. 1, 1995.
    • The Sabres have now earned two wins in a season against the Red Wings for the first time since they won both matchups in the 1989-90 season.
  • The  Sabres have wins in four straight home games for the first time since the team won six in a row at home from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen logged 35:24 of ice time tonight, topping his previous career-high total of 30:22 (1/7/17 vs. Winnipeg) by 5:02.
    • Ristolainen’s 35:24 of ice time is the highest in the NHL since Erik Karlsson skated 36:34 for Ottawa on Dec. 20, 2015.
  • With his goal, Sam Reinhart now has a point in six straight home games (2+6), good for the longest home point streak of his career.
    • Reinhart also now has 14 points in his last 15 games (4+10), marking the best 15-game stretch of his career.
  • With two assists tonight, Jack Eichel now has 11 points (6+5) in 12 home games this season and six points (3+3) in his last five games against Detroit.
    • The Sabres have improved to 14-3-1 (.806) when Eichel tallies two or more points in a game.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded his 25th assist of the season on Reinhart’s goal and now has eight assists in his last eight games against the Red Wings.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Red Wings
Mrazek O .919 2.80
Sabres Nilsson W .941 1.86

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Red Wings
Mrazek 10-11-5 .895 3.13
Sabres Nilsson 8-6-4 .925 2.52

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg

Red Wings forward Darren Helm

Red Wings defenseman Danny Dekeyser

Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek