Ottawa 5, Buffalo 2

‘”We made mistakes that led to their goals and didn’t make it tough enough for them,” Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said. “Uncharacteristic game for us.”‘

Ryan scores hat trick as Sens top Sabres

‘”I don’t know if we had as much energy or if we could have competed harder, but they outplayed us in the third,” said Sabres center Tyler Ennis. “We’re a hitting team. We stress that a lot. We can’t fly by pucks. We have to stop on pucks, we have to hit. That’s the kind of team we are. We’re not fancy. We’re hard workers.”‘

Ryan, Senators Trip Up Sabres 5-2

‘The Sabres tied it early in the second period on Mark Pysyk’s first goal of the season. Recalled by Buffalo on Sunday, Pysyk sent a shot on the goaltender, circled around the net and flicked Chris Stewart’s rebound over Craig Anderson. Buffalo went ahead later in the period on Zemgus Girgensons’ 11th. Matt Moulson floated a pretty feed to the streaking Girgensons, whose initial shot was denied by Anderson. Girgensons kept digging under Anderson’s pad, however, and pushed the puck over the goalline for the 2-1 lead.’

Sabres’ Deslauriers taking advantage of opportunity

‘Before he came to the Sabres he had 18 goals and 21 assists in 60 games with the Monarchs. When the Kings approached him to play forward, he welcomed a different opportunity, “I was thinking lots of things. First of all I thought my career was just going nowhere, I didn’t really get a chance as a D-man, I played six minutes in my first preseason game and they sent me down right away and told me to play forward just for camp. I was not mad at that and it went well and after the first 15 games, I just played on the fourth line and didn’t have any chance.”‘

Ryan hat trick helps Senators defeat Sabres

‘”Tonight was just one of those uncharacteristic nights for us. We didn’t finish any hits. I don’t know if we got any hits at all. We didn’t play physical. We didn’t have too much energy. It’s that time of season when our team is gutting through some stuff. We’re not playing 100 percent right now.”‘

Sabres falter in 3rd against Senators

‘“We still have a lot of guys under the weather a little bit, trying to fight through it and you give them full marks for that,” Nolan said. “We found a little bit of energy in the second. We had none in the third.”’

Deslauriers making presence felt with Sabres

‘“I’m not a guy who sets goals. It’s more about bringing momentum for teammates,” Deslauriers said after practice Sunday in First Niagara Center. “Linemates are important. I know it’s harder to get goals in the NHL than the AHL. My mentality is more finishing hits and if I have a chance to put one in, I’ll try to do that.”

Enroth shows shootout mastery

‘Enroth stoned all three Islanders shooters Saturday and has stopped a remarkable 20 of 21 attempts overall this season. His shootout save percentage of .952 far outstrips second place Pekka Rinne of Nashville, who is 17 of 19 for an .895. Enroth’s 5-0 record is the best in the league and tied with Florida’s Roberto Luongo (5-3) for the lead in wins.’

Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth becoming unbeatable in shootouts

‘“You look at Jhonas and how he handled it, he wasn’t even bothered by it,” Sabres defenseman Mike Weber said Sunday inside the First Niagara Center. “A lot of goalies would’ve been moving side to side with him, and he just stayed right with him – calm, cool and collected.”’

Monday’s Ottawa Coverage

Sabres-Senators Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (14-19-3) at Ottawa Senators (14-14-7) (The Sports Network)
Senators host Sabres, aim to end three-game skid (NHL.com)
Gameday Journal: Game 36 – Sabres vs. Senators (OttawaSenators.com)

Sabres recall D Pysyk

‘It is the second time this season Pysyk has been recalled from Rochester, where he is second among the Amerks’ defensemen with 11 points in 30 games. The organization’s first-round pick in the 2010 draft, Pysyk has 12 points in 65 career games for the Sabres since making his NHL debut in 2012.’

Sabres make a recall

‘Rasmus Ristolainen is sick while Tyler Myers and Tyson Strachan are injured. Andrej Meszaros did not practice on Sunday.’

Coming from way behind, Sabres waylay Islanders

‘When the Sabres tied the game with 8:09 left Saturday, the fans went nuts. When overtime ended with the game still tied, the First Niagara Center crowd of 19,070 delivered a lengthy standing ovation.’

Fun-loving Zadorov developing steadily

‘Ray can’t get enough of the kid. Despite coming from different continents and playing different positions in different eras, they formed a fast friendship because they shared the same approach to the game. Zadorov is a character, like Ray, with his intensity on the ice and infectious personality everywhere else.’

Moulson happy not to be mumps patient

‘“I think everyone’s worried about what’s going on throughout the league, but I had all the testing done for it and it was just the flu,” Moulson said in First Niagara Center. “Obviously, some precautions around the NHL sent me home, but luckily it was just the flu.”’