The Sabres Report - February 5, 2016

O’Reilly takes himself to the woodshed as scoring slump continues   

Buffalo News:

‘“I’ve been very frustrated with myself the last few games,” O’Reilly said after preparing for Saturday’s game in Boston. “The last handful of them, I don’t think I’ve been anywhere near where I want to be. I’ve been terrible in my own end. I haven’t been creating as much offense. I don’t know if it was just maybe lucky early on in the season, but I think I have a lot to learn going forward.’

Ennis slowly works toward his return   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s moderated,” coach Dan Bylsma said. “His heart rate is restricted. He’s gone through some progressions of exercise. He progressed to skating.’

Sabres’ Marcus Foligno likely out against Bruins   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I don’t anticipate it will be week-to-week,” he said.’

Sabres recall F Catenacci   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Catenacci, 22, will be joining the Sabres for his first career recall.’

Sabres' Bylsma explains shootout decisions   


‘The biggest complaint the amateur coaches have is why isn’t Jack Eichel taking shootouts. Bylsma said, “He’s on the list, I had him fourth yesterday, but a lot of it is he’s had two attempts that he didn’t make and then we watch in practice and see how he’s doing in practice and if you haven’t been around for some of our lengthier ones, he’s been at the end a fair amount of times and you’d like to see that shot and that move, cash in because it is an outstanding shot, but again you’re going with guys like Ryan O’Reilly whose a 40 percent career guy, Brian Gionta’s 32 percent, so I feel like we’re going with guys that can deliver and get the job done.”’


‘Selected by Buffalo in the third round (77th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Catenacci is currently riding a five-game point streak for the Amerks Rochester. In 182 career games for Rochester, he has 68 points (33+35) and 123 penalty minutes.’

What’s it like to be a rookie when: Jack Eichel   


‘“Sometimes you can feel that pressure, and you get frustrated with yourself,” he says. “You want to make an impact and you want to be successful — I think that’s important. It’s a good trait. But sometimes I think I’m my biggest critic and a little too hard on myself. It’s important to give yourself a break and realize that things aren’t gonna happen overnight.”’

Sabres GM Murray may have McGinn stick around   

Buffalo News:

‘“Everybody was tweeting, ‘Murray, get him signed. He loves Buffalo,’ Murray joked during a regularly scheduled interview on WGR Radio. “We’ve asked what their thoughts are on term and on money. We’ve given them our thoughts on term. So if we can do something that suits both parties, we will try. And if we can’t, again depending on these three weeks how the team does, I don’t want to have a player leave here without getting anything back.”’

Kane scores, but gets break at wrong time   

Buffalo News:

‘Kane had a golden opportunity from the front of the Boston net in the dying seconds of an overtime power play to score the game-winning goal, but his attempted shot never got to the net after his stick broke.’

Quick Hits: Bruins 3, Sabres 2 (SO)   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres fell to 9-15-3 at home, extending their NHL-worst record in their own building. It also dropped Buffalo to 1-6-2 in their last nine games downtown and stemmed the momentum from road wins Jan. 26 in Ottawa and Wednesday in Montreal in their first game after the All-Star break.’

Sabres blow early lead, fall to Bruins in shootout   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“We want to be a tough team to play against at home,” Sabres winger Jamie McGinn said. “I know our home record isn’t as good. We want to win in front of our own fans. They’re hungry as well for some wins.”’

Johan Larsson playing best hockey of season   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Lars has been playing, I think, real well, hard checking way in the last 10 games or so,” Bylsma said. “(He) hasn’t found himself making plays or finishing plays offensively like I think he can. (He) shows it in practice, shows that shot, that finish ability, but he hasn’t been able to translate it into a game.’

Sabres cough up lead, fall 3-2 to Bruins in shoot out   

Batavia Daily News:

‘”We barely had a chance to sit on it. We gave that one back to them at 2-1 and allowed them to make it game,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said.’

Friday's Boston Coverage

Ryan Spooner shows touch in Bruins’ shootout win (Boston Globe)
Jonas Gustavsson cleared to play by Bruins (Boston Globe)
Bruins salvage shootout win over Sabres (Boston Herald)
Gustavsson gets the green light (Boston Herald)
Bruins Ride Hot Hands, Buckle Down For Much-Needed Win In Buffalo (NESN)
Ryan Spooner, Brad Marchand Power B’s Past Sabres In Shootout (NESN)
Defense Gets It Done In OT; Adam McQuaid Nearing Return (NESN)
Bruins rally, beat Sabres in shootout, 3-2 (CSN New England)
Spooner and Rask team up for Bruins shootout magic (CSN New England)
Julien: Bruins ‘as gritty as I’ve seen us in a long time’ (CSN New England)
Spooner excelling in shootout (CSN New England)
Bruins’ Riding Of Red-Hot Marchand, Spooner, Bergeron Sufficient For Short-Term Success (WBZ-FM)
Marchand, Spooner Help Bruins Come Back in Buffalo (
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Ryan Spooner leads Bruins past Sabres 3-2 in shootout   


‘The Bruins carried that momentum past the midway part of the period, and Johnson was forced to make a pair of in-tight stops on Jimmy Hayes.’