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Post-Game Report: 10/28 vs. SJS

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Sharks
(5-5-0)
1 1 1 3 31
Sabres
(3-7-2)
0 2 0 2 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Joonas Donskoi’s first-period goal snapped Robin Lehner’s shutout streak at 100:47. The streak was 26:12 shy of matching Lehner’s career-best 126:59, set from March 30 to April 13, 2014.
  • Ryan O’Reilly scored his third power-play goal of the season to tie for fourth-most in the league.
    • O’Reilly now has seven points (4+3) in his last seven games.
  •  With his assist on O’Reilly’s goal, Kyle Okposo now has 14 points (5+9) in 12 career games against San Jose.
  • With his goal, Jason Pominville now has five points (3+2) in his last four games against the Sharks.
  • Jack Eichel’s assist on the Pominville goal gives him six points (1+5) in four games against San Jose since the beginning of last season.
  • With a point each, Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and Jason Pominville all finished the game tied for ninth in the league with 12 points apiece.
    • Eichel and Pominville also finished the game tied for eighth in the league with 10 even-strength points.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Sharks
Dell W .939 2.00
Sabres Lehner L .903 3.13

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Sharks Dell 1-2-0 .907 2.41
Sabres Lehner 2-4-1 .911 2.78

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski

Sharks forward Logan Couture

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl

Game Preview: 10/28/17 vs. SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, October 25
Buffalo 1 at Columbus 5
Goals: Griffith
Goalie: Johnson (33 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 1/2; Shots: Columbus 38 – Buffalo 35

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 50)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 11 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 11 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 11 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 5 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 4 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/23: Signed F Cliff Pu to a three-year, entry-level contract

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Nov. 2: Buffalo at Arizona, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4: Buffalo at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 10: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SHARKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: San Jose defeated Buffalo 3-2 in San Jose on Oct. 12
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 8-1-1 at home
  • This is the 39th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 24-8-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-1-1 at home against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-5-6 all-time on October 28.
  • October 28, 1981: Ric Seiling scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-2 win vs. the St. Louis Blues.
  • October 28, 1992: Alexander Mogilny scores twice as the Sabres and Maple Leafs battle to a 4-4 tie.
  • October 28, 2013: In his Sabres debut, Matt Moulson scores two goals in a 4-3 loss to Dallas Stars.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After San Jose’s 3-2 win when these teams met on Oct. 12, the Sabres are looking to avoid losing three straight games to the Sharks after having gone 10-0-1 in the previous 11 matchups between the teams.
  • With his shutout on Tuesday vs. Detroit, Robin Lehner enters today’s game having played 91:35 without allowing a goal. If he plays 35:24 without allowing a goal tonight, he will match his career-best 126:59, set from March 30 to April 13, 2014.
  • With 11 points each, Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and Jason Pominville all entered play Friday tied for 18th in the league in scoring.
    • Pominville was tied for third in the league with five multi-point games. Eichel (four, T-6th) and Kane (three, T-18th) also ranked in the top 20.

HOT AGAINST SAN JOSE

  • Kyle Okposo has 13 points (5+8) in 11 career games against San Jose.
  • Jack Eichel has five points (1+4) in three games against the Sharks since the beginning of last season.
  • Jason Pominville has four points (2+2) in his last three games against San Jose.
  • Chad Johnson is 3-1-1 against the Sharks in his career with a .925 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/27 games)

  • Eichel: 9 EVP (T-9th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (T-1st), 55 S (1st)
  • O’Reilly: 172 FOW (1st), 275 FO (1st), 62.5% FO% (4th)
  • Pominville: 9 EVP (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:28 TOI (1st)

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Dave Barr spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach for the Sabres.

Former Sharks:

  • Taylor Fedun recorded four assists in seven games for the Sharks during the 2014-15 season.
  • Matt Tennyson was a member of the Sharks’ organization from 2011-2016. He registered 14 points (3+11) in 60 games for San Jose and 38 points (12+26) in 109 games for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for the U.S. NTDP’s USHL squad alongside Kevin Lebanc during the 2012-13 season.

Taylor Fedun:

  • Teammates with Jannik Hansen for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2015-16 season.

Seth Griffith:

  • He and Chris Tierney were teammates from 2010-2013 for the London Knights (OHL).

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Mikkel Boedker for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was also on the 2012 squad.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Joel Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Jordan Nolan

  • Played with Martin Jones for the Los Angeles Kings from 2013-2015.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.
  • He and Joe Pavelski represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship.
  • Played with Justin Braun for the United States at the 2012 World Championship

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.
  • He and Brenden Dillon played together for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Brent Burns and Martin Jones for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brent Burns for the Minnesota Wild from 2006-2010. Joel Ward was also on the team during the 2006-07 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Martin Jones on the 2010 Canadian World Junior Championship team that won the silver medal.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns on the Minnesota Wild for one season in 2010-11

Matt Tennyson:

  • Justin Braun and Tennyson are both from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

NHL Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Chris Tierney were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Timo Meier (9th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (35), Kane (25), Pouliot (21)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (20), Ristolainen (14), Scandella (13)
Shots: Kane (55), O’Reilly (32), Eichel (29)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 0-1-0 (0), 1/5, 0/1, 1/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 109-112 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 7 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jordan Nolan … 300th NHL game … Oct. 24 vs. DET
Victor Antipin … 1st NHL point (assist) … Oct. 24 vs. DET

Game Preview: 10/12/17 at SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 9
New Jersey 6 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Kane (2)
Goalie: Johnson (16 saves/22 shots)/Lehner (9 saves/9 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 4/4; Shots: New Jersey 31 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 9)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 3 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 3 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 14: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15: Buffalo at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: San Jose defeated Buffalo 4-1 in San Jose on March 14
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Oct. 28 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-3-1 on the road
  • This is the 38th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 24-7-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-6-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-3 all-time on October 12.
  • October 12, 1971: Rick Martin scores his first NHL goal in a 4-1 loss at St. Louis.
  • October 12, 1989: Mike Foligno appears in his 500th Sabres game. Foligno would finish his Sabres career with 664 games played, tying Ric Seiling for 10th-most in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Evander Kane’s 500th NHL game.
  • Kyle Okposo has 13 points (5+8) in 10 career games against San Jose.
  • Seth Griffith scored his first career goal in his only previous meeting with the Sharks as a member of the Boston Bruins on Oct. 21, 2014.
  • Chad Johnson is 3-1-1 against the Sharks in his career with a .925 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average.

TWO-GOAL TRIO

  • The Sabres have had a multi-goal scorer in each of their first three games of the season, marking the first time the team has had a player score at least two goals in three straight games since Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2015.
  • With a multi-goal game tonight, the team will have a multi-goal scorer in four straight games for the first time since March 12 to 19, 2013.
  • Evander Kane has scored two goals in each of the Sabres’ last two games. With a multi-goal game tonight, he would become the first player to log three consecutive multi-goal games for the Sabres since Ales Kotalik did so from Jan. 4 to 10, 2003.

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster had combined to play 7,866 NHL games before last Thursday’s opener vs. Montreal, 1,044 more than last year’s 23-man opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2017-18 season had played 45 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

Sabres’ Opening-Day NHL Experience

Season Total NHL GP Average GP/Player
2017-18 7,866 342
2016-17 6,822 297
2015-16 5,914 257
2014-15 5,858 255
2013-14 5,516 240

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/11 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 2 SHG (T-1st), 100.0% PK (T-1st)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 26 S (1st), 4 G, (T-5th), 6 PTS (T-6th)

2017-18 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Six were originally drafted by the Sabres — four were first-round Buffalo selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015) and two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, O’Reilly, Pominville, Scandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: Antipin, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Moulson, Okposo, Pouliot, Tennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, McCabe, Moulson, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella, Tennyson

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Dave Barr spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach for the Sabres.

Former Sharks:

  • Josh Gorges played for the Sharks from 2005-2007, tallying 10 points (1+9) in 96 games played.
  • Matt Tennyson was a member of the Sharks’ organization from 2011-2016. He registered 14 points (3+11) in 60 games for San Jose and 38 points (12+26) in 109 games for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for the USNTDP’s USHL squad alongside Kevin Lebanc during the 2012-13 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • He and Chris Tierney were teammates from 2010-2013 for the London Knights (OHL).

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Mikkel Boedker for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was also on the 2012 squad.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Joel Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Jordan Nolan

  • Played with Martin Jones for the Los Angeles Kings from 2013-2015.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.
  • He and Joe Pavelski represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship.
  • Played with Justin Braun for the United States at the 2012 World Championship

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.
  • He and Brenden Dillon played together for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Brent Burns and Martin Jones for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brent Burns for the Minnesota Wild from 2006-2010. Joel Ward was also on the team during the 2006-07 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Martin Jones on the 2010 Canadian World Junior Championship team that won the silver medal.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns on the Minnesota Wild for one season in 2010-11

Matt Tennyson:

  • Justin Braun and Tennyson are both from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

NHL Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Chris Tierney were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Timo Meier (9th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (8), Pouliot (8), Ristolainen (8), Scandella (8)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (6), Antipin (4), Josefson (4)
Shots: Kane (26), Girgensons (9), Beaulieu (8)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-2-1 (1), 7/15, 2/13, 11/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Evander Kane … 1 game … 500 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 3 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 7 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 3 assists … T-8th in franchise history (Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 3/14/17 at SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 11
Columbus 3 at Buffalo 5
Goals: McCabe, Moulson, Reinhart, Kane, Eichel
Goalie: Nilsson (9 saves/12 shots); Lehner (24 saves/24 shots)
PP: 2/5; PK: 3/3; Shots: Columbus 36 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 334)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 69 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 33 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 19 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 5 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/8:
Assigned F Cal O’Reilly to Toronto (AHL)
3/13: Recalled F Hudson Fasching from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 16:
Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Friday, March 17: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Monday, March 20: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 5-4 (OT) in Buffalo on Feb. 7
  • The Sabres are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-2-2 on the road
  • This is the 37th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 24-6-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-5-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-9-2 all-time on March 14.
  • March 14, 1971: Ron Anderson scores 55 seconds after the opening faceoff in a 5-0 win at Minnesota.
  • March 14, 2008: Buffalo and Carolina combine for 129 penalty minutes and play just 34:43 at even strength as the Sabres top the Hurricanes 7-1, getting multi-point nights from seven different players.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s first in a three-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres are 6-4-1 against the Pacific Division this season, the team’s best record against any division.
  • The Sabres are currently on a franchise-best 11-game point streak (10-0-1) against the Sharks, dating back to a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Feb. 13, 2010. The previous record was five games (3-0-2), set from March 12, 1998 to Dec. 23, 2000.
  • Buffalo has won each of its five games in San Jose since the Sharks’ last regulation win against the Sabres on Jan. 23, 2010.
  • Brian Gionta has six points (2+4) in his last four games against the Sharks.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has totaled 11 points (4+7) in his last 12 games against San Jose.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 19 games since, Eichel has totaled 26 points (7+19).
  • Evander Kane has 22 points (13+9) in his last 23 games, including 11 goals in his last 16.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 14 of his last 19 games (2+13).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (3+7) in his last seven games.

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel ranks eighth among all NHL skaters with 47 points (19+28) and leads the league with 194 shots on goal.
  • Eichel leads the league in points (26) and assists (19) since the beginning of February.
  • Eichel has logged 32 points (11+21) in his last 27 games, including 10 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-2-0 this season (and 21-5-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .98 points per game rank him 12th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

*All rankings before 3/13 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 25 goals this season in his last 45 games.
  • Kane is tied for ninth in the NHL with 22 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is tied for second among all NHL skaters in goals (25), leads the league in even-strength goals (22) and ranks second in shots on goal (181).
  • Kane’s current pace of .386 even-strength goals per game is the highest by any Sabre with at least 15 games played since Alexander Mogilny’s franchise-best mark in 1992-93 (.636).

*All rankings before 3/13 games.

SOPHOMORE SURGE
In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points-per-game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.40 (32)

.24 (20)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.58 (48)

.40 (33)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.98 (80)

.64 (53)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (331)

2.4 (195)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Monday ranked first in the league with a 23.7% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%) and the team has led the league only once (1991-92, 22.5%)
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the fourth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 24.4% mark in 1979-80. It would be the 23rd-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Monday tied for 20th among all NHL skaters with 38 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.2 percent of his teammates’ goals. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 20 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/13 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.7% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 245 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 22 EVG (T-9th), 3.6 S/GP (7th)
  • Lehner:.921 SV% (10th)
  • Okposo: 22 PPP (T-10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:41 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.8 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 23 PPA (T-1st), 27:00 TOI (4th), 149 BkS (T-7th), 24 PPP (T-8th), 38 A (T-5th, defensemen), 43 PTS (10th, defensemen)

BUF-SJS Connections
Former Sabres:

  • Bob Boughner spent more time with the Sabres than with any other team during his 10-year NHL career. In 177 games for Buffalo, the former defenseman had 13 points (2+11) and 494 penalty minutes.

Former Sharks:

  • Josh Gorges played for the Sharks from 2005-2007, tallying 10 points (1+9) in 96 games played.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Paul Martin for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2010-2014.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Represented the United States alongside Joe Pavelski at the 2009 World Championship.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Teammates with Martin Jones for the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) from 2011-2014.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Teammates with David Sclemko for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) from 2005-2007.
  • Played with Brent Burns and Martin Jones for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Brent Burns for the Minnesota Wild from 2009-2012.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Joel Ward for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.

Brian Gionta:

  • Teammates with Paul Martin for the New Jersey Devils from 2003-2009.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships.
  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Joel Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.
  • He and Brenden Dillon played together for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sam Reinhart:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (245), Ristolainen (174), Gorges (121)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (149), McCabe (96), Gorges (89)
Shots: Kane (206), Eichel (194), Ristolainen (168)

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: 2-6-1 (5), 30/35, 9/29, 22/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-6; 68-64 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Dmitry Kulikov … 1 game … 500 NHL games
Brian Gionta … 7 games … 1,000 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 3 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 4 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/7 vs. SJS

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Sharks
(33-17-4)
2 1 1 0 4 40
Sabres
(22-21-10)
1 0 3 1 5 36

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres erased a three-goal deficit to win tonight, marking the first time the team has done so since Dec. 27, 2014 vs. NY Islanders (4-3, SO).
    • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight’s comeback was the latest the Sabres have overcome a deficit of three or more goals since Nov. 2, 2006 at Boston, when the team scored at 11:11 of the third period to begin a comeback that culminated in a 5-4 shootout win.
  • The Sabres have gone 6-0-1 in their last seven home games, marking Buffalo’s first seven-game home point streak since the team went 6-0-2 in eight home games from Dec. 10, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014.
  • Buffalo is 12-1-3 in its last 16 home games against Western Conference opponents and 10-4-2 in all games against the West this season.
  • The Sabres are now 59-19-16 (.713) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division, including a 13-0-3 record in the last 16 games. No Pacific Division team has won a game in regulation in Buffalo since the Edmonton Oilers topped the Sabres 3-2 on Nov. 7, 2014.
  • Buffalo has extended its point streak against San Jose to a franchise-best 11 games (10-0-1) with the  win, dating back to a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Feb. 13, 2010. The previous record was five games (3-0-2), set from March 12, 1998 to Dec. 23, 2000.
  • The Sabres are now 17-1-1 all-time at home against the Sharks.
  • With two goals tonight, Evander Kane has 14 even-strength goals since his first of the season (Dec. 3), leading all NHL players.
  • Jack Eichel (two assists) now has 15 points (6+9) in 15 home games this season, including 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 home contests.
  • Eichel now has four two-point nights in his last five home games.
    • The Sabres improved to 19-3-0 in Eichel’s career when he has at least two points.
  • With an assist on Buffalo’s first goal, Tyler Ennis improved his point streak to four games (1+3).
  • Ryan O’Reilly had two points (1+1) tonight, extending his home point streak to four games (3+3). In his last 12 games at home, O’Reilly has 14 points (5+9).
  • Sam Reinhart (assist tonight) now has 11 points (4+7) in his last 11 home games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Sharks
Jones O .861 4.91
Sabres Nilsson W .900 3.93

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Sharks Jones 27-15-4 .917 2.25
Sabres Nilsson 9-7-4 .922 2.67

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer

Sharks forward Melker Karlsson

Sharks forward Marcus Sorensen

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski