The Sabres Report - October 13, 2015

Sabres win their first game of the season   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres certainly got the power play right. They went 3 for 7, including the first two goals of the game, to make the winless Blue Jackets pay for their hockey sins. It was the first time Buffalo scored three power-play goals in a game since the season opener in 2012-13, a span of 214 outings.’

O'Reilly picks it up a notch on wing   

Buffalo News:

‘“It was a little bit better,” he said. “There’s still some things where I thought my timing was off and things I have to get better at still. But I thought my energy was a lot better and was a little more creative. It’s my job to get goals and provide offense for the team.”’

Jack Eichel’s nifty goal helps Sabres beat Blue Jackets   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You will see that goal again,” Bylsma said Monday following the Sabres’ 4-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. “We’ll see it replayed again, just all of it – the track back, the stealing of the puck and winning the battle and creating space and then the shot from an improbable angle right at the corner of the net.”’

Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly responds to move to left wing   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I felt like I was getting the puck and whether there was someone there or not, I made something out of it,” he said. “I think that’s something I have to do as, I think, a person responsible for creating offense on this team. (The) first two games didn’t really generate anything.”’

Tuesday's Columbus Coverage

Three games, three losses (Columbus Dispatch)
Foligno, Johansen have different takes on start (Columbus Dispatch)
Penalties doom Blue Jackets in loss to Sabres (
Photo gallery (
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Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Eichel scores unassisted goal in Sabres' victory   


‘”I thought we earned the win,” Bylsma said. “They had to battle for every inch, we were hard to play against, I think we gave them a lot to handle.”‘

Eichel's goal helps Sabres beat Blue Jackets   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The game-winner was a tremendous one-man effort by Eichel, the second overall pick. The 18-year-old center stole the puck from Columbus center Boone Jenner inside the blue line, raced along the left side of the ice before tucking a high wrist shot from a near-impossible angle past Bobrovsky. It was Eichel’s second goal of the year.’

Sabres recall D McCabe   

The Sports Xchange:

‘McCabe, drafted by the Sabres in the second round (44th overall) of the 2012 NHL draft, led all Rochester rookies and finished sixth among AHL rookie defensemen with 29 points (five goals, 24 assists) in 57 games last season.’

Sabres notch first win of the year, 4-2 over Columbus   


‘The blue and gold have done a nice job of keeping Columbus at bay despite being outnumbered on the PK. If I had to put a number to it, I can only remember one actual chance that the visitors had while on the power play.’

Eichel's goal paces Sabres win against Blue Jackets

‘Ryan O’Reilly made it 2-0 with his first goal as a member of the Sabres. With Foligno in the penalty box for tripping, Jamie McGinn found Moulson in the slot. Moulson passed to a wide open O’Reilly, whose slap shot that beat Bobrovsky over his right shoulder. The assist was McGinn’s first point with the Sabres.’

Eichel scores memorable goal in Sabres' win over Columbus

‘“You’re looking at one of the best goalies in the league,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “You will see that goal again. We’ll see the replay again. Just, all of it, the track, [going] back, [the] stealing of the puck and winning the battle in space and then the shot from an improbable angle, right at the corner of the net.’

McCabe recalled from Amerks

‘McCabe (6’0”, 214 lbs., 10/12/1993) joins the Sabres for his first recall of the 2015-16 season. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, McCabe has one assist in nine career games with Buffalo.’

The Sabres Report - October 12, 2015

Sabres to move Girgensons to center   

Buffalo News:

‘“I think Zemgus has been the most consistent worker in the first two games,” Bylsma said. “I think Zemgus played his best game at center in the preseason. He’s been good at wing as well but … postgame I said we’re going to put Zemgus” at center. “I know he’s comfortable playing in that position. … He can be counted on to take the draw. He can be counted on as a secondary guy in defensive situations so his versatility is extremely useful.”’

Lehner out 6-10 weeks with high ankle sprain   

Buffalo News:

‘Lehner was at practice Sunday morning, sitting on the bench with a boot on his lower right leg.’

Sabres have goaltending options with Robin Lehner out 6-10 weeks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s not a complete surprise to get the results and have that be the timeframe,” Bylsma said following practice.’