The Sabres Report - December 7, 2016

Mike Harrington: It's time for Sabres to go with the hot hand in net   

Buffalo News:

‘What the Sabres do have, however, is a brewing dilemma. And it grows with each win Nilsson piles up and each loss to Lehner adds to his total. The team was off Wednesday and that provided plenty of time to study the net numbers. They’re pretty interesting, to say the least.’

Minute-hogging Ristolainen finds time to score winner   

Buffalo News:

‘Along with the clang of iron and the roar of the fans, Ristolainen’s excited shout and sigh of relief were audible. He had skated for 694 minutes, 7 seconds without scoring. That’s more than 11 days of ice time. Only three players in the NHL (Dustin Byfuglien, Erik Karlsson and Duncan Keith) have skated more.’

Girgensons ends his 21-game goal drought   

Buffalo News:

‘“I mean it’s always nice to score a goal,” Girgensons said Tuesday morning in KeyBank Center before the Sabres hosted the Edmonton Oilers. “It was a little bit of a long stretch there but I’ve seen that before. I just had to stick with it.’

Mike Harrington: Even with McDavid, 'Full Oilers' peformance is shocking   

Buffalo News:

‘After climbing out of a 2-0 first-period hole, Edmonton outshot the Sabres, 32-14, over the second and third periods. And still lost.’

Sabres Notebook: Nilsson gets two sweet points against his former team   

Buffalo News:

‘”I mean I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a little special playing against the team I played with last year,” said Nilsson, who went 10-12-2 with a .901 save percentage and a 3.14 goals against average with the Oilers. “I know a lot of the guys on the team so of course it’s special but it comes down to two points and they’re not more important if you get them against an old team or some other team.’

Quick Hits: Sabres 4, Oilers 3 (OT)   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres improved to 5-2-2 in the last nine games with a comeback victory in KeyBank Center.’

Rasmus Ristolainen clinches Sabres’ overtime win against Oilers   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“We’ve been urging him to take the one timer,” coach Dan Bylsma said after Ristolainen’s power play goal 57 seconds into overtime sealed the Sabres’ 43 come from behind win against the Edmonton Oilers.

Sabres’ Erik Burgdoerfer waited for NHL opportunity   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“When you play in the ECHL for four straight years, you’re turning 25, you definitely have some times when you’re doubting yourself,” Burgdoerfer said Tuesday prior to his second NHL game, a 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers inside KeyBank Center.’

Eichel notches assist as Sabres beat McDavid’s Oilers in OT, 4-3   

Batavia Daily News:

‘Evander Kane had two goals while Brian Gionta and Rasmus Ristolainen also scored for Buffalo (10-10-6 overall).’

Sabres steal OT win in latest McDavid-Eichel matchup   

Erie Times News:

‘”You’ve got to win hockey games a lot of different ways,” Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said. “Tonight, we claw back and get one on a 6-on-5 (chance) at the end of the game to tie it. … We came up big there (in overtime) to get the win.”‘

Sherwood Park's Brendan Guhle has been thrown into NHL deep-end by Sabres   

Edmonton Journal:

‘He was getting ready for a Prince George home game against Victoria Royals last Friday when he got the NHL call. “Beneficial, I thin,k to just get right into it (NHL games). I didn’t have time to think about it, or put pressure on myself,” said Guhle. “I didn’t even know they could do this (call up a player from junior). Pretty surprised.”’

Wednesday's Edmonton Coverage

Oilers let one slip away as they fall 4-3 to Sabres in OT (Edmonton Journal)
Sherwood Park’s Brendan Guhle has been thrown into NHL deep-end by Sabres (Edmonton Journal)
Oilers notes: Backup bounced around league … ankle not an issue … everyone’s opponent (Edmonton Journal)
Cult of Hockey game grades: Oilers waste comeback with brutal game management (Edmonton Journal)
Connor McDavid stands out in Oilers OT loss (Sportsnet)
Game story: Sabres 4, Oilers 3 (OT) (
Photo gallery (

Ristolainen seals Sabres 4-3 OT win over Oilers   


”’He’s carrying the load for us back there,” coach Dan Bylsma said, noting the Sabres are missing three of their regular defensemen due to injuries. ”He’s had some tough shifts. He’s had some tough battles. And it got a lot lighter when he scored that goal.”’

Ristolainen's OT goal helps Sabres squeak past Oilers   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”It was about time,” Ristolainen said. “A lot of chances and shots and finally it went in.”‘

Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel getting more creative, not worried about rivalry with Connor McDavid   


‘I’ve put all that past me and just want to be an impact player. I’ve played a year in the NHL now and I’ve played in the World Cup. We have a good fan base and they obviously appreciate me and our team. So as a group, we just try to use it as support and build off of it.’