The Sabres Report - January 19, 2017

Lehner takes responsibility for Tuesday's "half-Hollywood movie"   

Buffalo News:

‘”I take responsibility. I don’t want to do the whole sequence of things that they built up to the little half-Hollywood movie that they clipped together. I understand where it’s coming from. It’s all entertainment to them but it’s a real-life reaction for me and I accept the responsibility of it.”‘

Sabres Notebook: Ennis expected back, Ullmark with new mask   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s a complex area. There’s a lot going on down there,” Ennis said. “Optimistically I wanted to play every game here on out but you know, like I said it’s complex down there. I’ve just got to make sure I’m able to do what I can out there, that I’m able to play how I can out there so I’m going to stay getting treatment. It takes a lot of time and it’s a lot of work.’

Sabres’ Evander Kane one of NHL’s hottest scorers   

Olean Times Herald:

‘But these days, Kane is scorching, having scored 12 times in the last 21 games entering tonight’s tilt against the Detroit Red Wings at KeyBank Center.’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner defends wave: ‘I don’t care what anyone thinks’   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I understand how it looks,” Lehner said inside KeyBank Center. “People that know me, I go up, I’m going to have a drink. It’s a mom with a 5-year-old kid waving in his pajamas. You know what? I’m going to wave back. I don’t care what anyone thinks.’

Sabres promote G Ullmark from AHL Rochester   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The recall is the fourth of the season for Ullmark, who has yet to play in a game with the Sabres in 2016-17.’

National media believes Sabres are on the right path   


‘”I don’t think that Sabres fans should be angry about where they are this year,” Smith said. “Maybe disappointed, yes, because you always want to think you’re on the cusp of making the playoffs or right there fighting until the end. As far as the organizational development goes, as far as where they have come from, where they are now and where they are heading, I think they’re in real good shape.”‘

Sabres' Lehner reflects on his difficult night in Toronto   


‘I think everybody who has seen this knows it was blown up because it happened in Toronto. Lehner said, “We all know that and it’s fine and I take responsibility. I don’t want to do the whole sequence of things that they built up, the little half Hollywood movie that they clipped together. I understand where it’s coming from, it’s all entertainment to them, but its real life reactions from me.”’

Sabres' Ennis appears ready for Detroit   


‘“I’ve got to make sure I’m able to do what I can out there and I’m able to play how I can, so I’ve got to stay active, stay on it with getting treatment.”’

Sabres continuing to search for consistency   


‘Time to start walking the walk. The Sabres have admitted that need to be more consistent but now they have to prove that they can be. At times, like against Dallas earlier in the week, the Sabres look like a very competitive hockey team. Then, they collapse during a ten-minute span it costs them an important game.’

Lehner knows that he can have a short-fuse, but don't expect him to change anytime soon   


‘”I get mad,” Lehner said Thursday. “I have a history of maybe being short-fused but you know what, I can’t change it.”‘

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ sniper Justin Bailey just living the dream (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Sabres scoring first, but struggling to hold on to leads   

Buffalo News:

‘In eight of their last 10 games, the Sabres have scored the first goal. They’ve won just three of those games. Of their five losses this season when scoring first, four have come in the last 10 games.’

The Sabres Report - January 18, 2017

Lehner fails to build on run, gets pulled in Sabres' loss   

Buffalo News:

‘As the Sabres’ No. 1 goaltender, Lehner will soon get another chance to finish a game. It wasn’t going to happen against the Maple Leafs, who scored three times in the opening 9:45 of the second period to ruin the night of Lehner and the Sabres.’

Mike Harrington: Sabres getting left in dust by Leafs' rebuild   

Buffalo News:

‘The Leafs have a coach who’s going to the Hall of Fame, and a general manager and president who are already there. The Sabres have a coach with a Stanley Cup on his resume who’s clearly causing fans and his own players to gnash their teeth far too much, a first-time GM and a club president who’s about the most reviled figure in town these days.’

Sabres Notebook: Okposo gets back on the scoreboard   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’re skating, we’re working,” said Okposo, who was selected for the NHL All-Star Game and leads the Sabres with 13 goals. “We’ve just got to find a way to string a few together. It’s just up and down. Win one, lose one. Win two, lose two. And we’ve just got to find a way to use that speed and play full 60s.”’