The Sabres Report - December 4, 2016

Mike Harrington: No rest on defense as injury crisis deepens   

Buffalo News:

‘Zach Bogosian (knee) and Dmitry Kulikov (back) are both out, and neither has played since Nov. 9. And now veteran Josh Gorges is out after taking a shot to the foot Thursday night against the New York Rangers. Even Casey Nelson is sidelined in Rochester with a neck/shoulder issue. Judging from coach Dan Bylsma’s downcast mood, although there’s no concrete information yet, Gorges may be out a while.’

Guhle proves he can play in the NHL   

Buffalo News:

‘”He’s a great young talent,” said Cody Franson, his defensive partner for the afternoon. “He’s a good kid. He stepped in and played very well tonight. That’s not easy to do coming out of juniors. He did very well tonight. He was very easy to play with.”‘

Sabres Notebook: Kane finally scores; Gorges out   

Buffalo News:

‘“It was just good to get the first one out of the way,” Kane said in KeyBank Center. “When you have multiple games together and you don’t score, being a goal-scorer that’s a slump. I feel I have an opportunity to score every game, so it was just nice to get it.”’

Quick hits: Bruins 2, Sabres 1   

Buffalo News:

‘”I don’t think we had glaring, clear-cut chances that he kind of robbed us on,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “We got some pucks to the net, and he made the first save. We’ve got to do a better job of getting the ones after that.”‘

Inside the Sabres: Nilsson proudly waves pride flag   

Buffalo News:

‘“Anders Nilsson is courageous beyond the understanding of many,” Davis said via email. “He is taking a risk on multiple fronts and is standing up for something that he believes in, knowing the backlash that could come his way. He’s my hero.”’

Sabres’ offense struggles again in loss to Bruins   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Back to reality.’

Sabres prospect Brendan Guhle stands out in NHL debut   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres recalled Guhle because Josh Gorges blocked a shot in Thursday’s 4-3 win against the New York Rangers.’

Sabres lose Eichel touch, fall 2-1 to Bruins   

Batavia Daily News:

‘The 1-0 lead held until the third period, but the Sabres looked to have tied the score with 2:50 left in the second period. After a review it was determined that Brian Gionta kicked the puck past Tukka Rask (35 saves), keeping it a one-goal game.’

Sunday's Boston Coverage

Bruins edge Sabres in Buffalo (Boston Globe)
Matt Beleskey leaves Bruins game with lower-body injury (Boston Globe)
Bruins, Tuukka Rask hold on for 2-1 win against Sabres (Boston Herald)
Boring Bruins happy with two points rather than style points (Boston Herald)
It Wasn’t Pretty, But Bruins Find Way To Win On Road Against Sabres (NESN)
Bruins Wrap: Boston’s Defense Holds Up Late In 2-1 Road Win Vs. Sabres (NESN)
Talking Points: Rask Dazzles With 35-Save Performance In B’s 2-1 Win (CSN New England)
Beleskey Knocked Out Of Bruins Game With Lower Body Injury (CSN New England)
5 Things We Learned From Another Tuukka Rask Shutdown Against The Sabres (WEEI-FM)
Bergeron Helps Lift Bruins to Win Over Sabres (
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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres   


‘”First two periods, we had a tough time generating some offensive chances,” Sabres defenseman Cody Franson said. “They kind of just stayed on top.”‘

Bruins beat Sabres, run streak to 3-0-1   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”I liked our first five minutes of the game, and then it dropped off,” Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We struggled getting out of the defensive (zone), turned the puck over there and gave them momentum, gave them opportunities.”‘

Sabres fall to Boston 2-1   


‘Kane’s goal has really energized the Sabres. They have had two or three scoring chances to try and get the game tying goal without avail.’

Guhle nothing short of impressive in his debut   


‘Guhle finished the afternoon with four shots on goal, two blocked shots, and a plus-1 rating in 16:20 of total ice time. In the first two periods, Guhle played strong in the defensive end with some good physical play and not allowing the Bruins to get good quality scoring chances. His play shifted more towards the offensive end of the ice in the third period when he joined a few rushes looking to get the Sabres on the scoreboard.’

From the Locker Room: Sabres-Bruins   


‘”The one thing we keep urging Evander to do is shoot the puck. I think he hasn’t shot the puck this year the way he normally does. He’s had opportunities too. He’s started to get more of those opportunities to shoot the puck. Good to see him get that goal for us.”‘

5 Observations: Sabres fall to Bruins 2-1   


‘If you’re a fan of slow-paced and boring hockey than you loved the beginning of Saturday’s matinee between the Sabres and Bruins. Neither team was able to generate consistent scoring chances and don’t even get me started on the sloppy passing.’