The Sabres Report - December 6, 2016

Tuesday's Edmonton Coverage

Game Day: Edmonton Oilers at Buffalo Sabres (Edmonton Sun)
Still searching for consistency, Sabres host Oilers (AP)
Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel ready for encore (

After OT heartbreaker, Sabres have fast turnaround to meet McDavid   

Buffalo News:

‘”We had a good second period and that’s about it,” said Lehner, who made 30 saves but fell to 1-5-3 in his last nine decisions. “We’re up 2-1 going into the third and we don’t want to sit back. Give them credit, they’re a a good team but we don’t want to sit back. They have speed. A lot of momentum. They got the power play goal. We had one good period.”‘

Sabres notebook: Perseverance pays for Burgdoerfer   

Buffalo News:

‘”It certainly has been a long time coming so I was thrilled to get the call,” Burgdoerfer said. “There were definitely certain points in my career I thought this would never happen. You’ve just got to believe in yourself, work hard and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”‘

Quick Hits: Capitals 3, Sabres 2 (OT)   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres were 6-0-3 when leading after 40 minutes while the Caps were 0-5-2 when trailing after same. Buffalo had a 2-1 lead through two periods but couldn’t hold on.’

Sabres’ Erik Burgdoerfer paid dues to reach NHL   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’m wondering how the heck, from what I’ve seen so far, (he) played five years in the East Coast Hockey League,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said during training camp. “Somebody somewhere has missed something, because the way he’s played he should be playing at a higher level. He should’ve been playing at higher level than that.”’

Tuesday's Washington Coverage

Marcus Johansson scores twice, leads Capitals to comeback win over Sabres (Washington Post)
Caps Snap Losing Streak Behind Johansson’s Two Goals (CSN Mid Atlantic)
Marcus Johansson Finds Success In A Simplified Approach (CSN Mid Atlantic)
Caps Get Their Mojo Working in 3-2 OT Win over Sabres (
Photo gallery (

Johansson scores twice as Capitals beat Sabres 3-2 in OT   


‘”I mean give them credit, they’re a good team, but I think we’re starting to sit back and they have speed, you know?” Lehner said. “I think we see that we can play. We’ve just got to stop changing, changing how we play.”‘

Johansson powers Capitals to OT win vs. Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Goaltender Robin Lehner stymied the slumping Capitals early, but finished with 30 saves. Washington had 16 of its 33 shots after the second period. Buffalo lacked its usual rotation on the blue line Monday with multiple defenders out, including Taylor Fedun (shoulder).’

Sabres recall D Burgdoerfer   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Burgdoerfer, 27, joins the Sabres for the first time after signing as an unrestricted free agent on July 21.’

Sabres Fall to Caps 3-2 in OT   


‘Jack Eichel returned to the bench in obvious pain after getting crunched along the boards in the 2nd, but played the rest of the game. He skated for a total of 18:31 and finished with 1 shot on net.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Capitals   


‘”Thought we did a pretty good job of crashing the net. It would have been nice to get one off somebody or have another one go in. That’s a pretty good hockey team over there. We played a pretty decent game tonight, just gotta come back tomorrow and get 2 points.”‘

Three Sabres prospects named to preliminary World Junior rosters   


‘Three Buffalo Sabres prospects have been named to preliminary rosters for the 2017 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship in Canada from December 26 to January 5.’

5 Observations:Sabres fall to Capitals 3-2 in OT   


‘It looked like Eichel was limping around in his own end and was several steps slower than what we’re accustomed to seeing. What was most apparent was his lack of explosiveness. Eichel is the Sabres most explosive player, maybe more so than anyone they’ve had since the millennium, but in the second half of Monday’s game he was just another guy.’

Marcus Johansson gives Capitals win in OT

‘”They had a stretch in the second,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “We came back with a good stretch in about the last 10 minutes of the second period and again it was a good stretch of 10 minutes there where they were coming at us. They weren’t getting a lot, but they were coming at us with a lot of speed, coming at us through the neutral zone and it wasn’t until after the [tying] goal that we were able to get back going the other way.”‘

Jack Eichel playing through pain with Sabres

‘”Hockey’s a contact sport, so I figure that’s going to happen during the year and I’ve just got to play through it,” Eichel said.’