The Sabres Report - December 2, 2016

Sabres' newcomers learn Eichel is real deal   

Buffalo News:

‘“I didn’t realize what kind of a difference-maker he was,” Falk said after Eichel led Buffalo to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. “I knew that he could affect the game somewhat, but the way he’s skating, the way he has puck control out there, ultimately it leads to our team puck control, and it’s a big difference.”’

Bucky Gleason: Buffalo fans jeer Vesey, cheer Sabres in 4-3 win   

Buffalo News:

‘“To be honest, I heard the boos, but it took me a second to realize they were intended for me,” Vesey said in a quiet visitors’ dressing room afterward. “It’s not a big deal. After the first shift, it was nothing. Fans seemed to be pretty into it. It was the first time. Hopefully, it will subside. It didn’t bother me.”’

Mike Harrington: Welcome back, hockey season   

Buffalo News:

‘What essentially served as Home Opener II provided the goodies that coach Dan Bylsma, everyone in the Sabres’ dressing room and everyone in the stands were hoping to see in October.’

Sabres Notebook: Bounce-back game for the third line   

Buffalo News:

‘”We really had a rebound game from Ottawa,” Foligno said. “We still feel like the effort’s always there every night but we were just on the bad end of some things. Again resiliency and hard work, that’s what our line’s about. Making sure that we’re shutting down their players five-on-five. We did that tonight.”‘

Quick hits: Sabres 4, Rangers 3   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres improved to 4-1-1 in their last six games. They are 3-0-1 in the last four in KeyBank Center.’

Sabres' McCormick helping share Gord Downie's story   

Buffalo News:

‘McCormick and Mike Downie, brother of the lead singer for the Tragically Hip, will be at North Park Theatre on Friday night for a one-time showing of “The Secret Path.” The animated film, which features music from Gord Downie, tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died from hunger and exposure in 1966 while fleeing the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Ontario.’

Jack Eichel’s heroics push Sabres past Rangers   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It was great to be back here, I was definitely looking forward to it,” Eichel said. “To be able to win and get a little come from behind victory in the third period and be able to contribute makes it feel a whole lot sweeter.”’

Wheatfield’s Adam Clendening patiently waiting for opportunity   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You always want to find a home and be able to play every night,” Clendening, who returned Thursday after sitting 11 straight games, said prior to the Rangers’ 4-3 loss to the Sabres inside KeyBank Center. “So it’s been fun but difficult.”’

Eichel dull for 50 minutes, but only needed 10 in home debut   

Batavia Daily News:

‘“In the third period, he showed it a couple of times, not just on his goals,” Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma said.’

Friday's New York Coverage

Jack Eichel punishes Rangers with two late goals in 4-3 loss to Sabres (New York Daily News)
Jimmy Vesey makes first visit to Buffalo after passing on Sabres to sign with Rangers (New York Daily News)
Rangers put forth another lackluster effort in loss to Sabres (New York Post)
Jimmy Vesey showing why Sabres right to be ‘pissed off’ (New York Post)
Rangers can’t protect lead in third, lose to Sabres, 4-3 (Newsday)
Rangers make defenseman Kevin Klein a healthy scratch (Newsday)
Photo gallery (Newsday)
Rangers Topped by Sabres in Buffalo (
Rangers at Sabres 12.1.16: Postgame Notes (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Eichel's 2 goals lead Sabres to 4-3 win over Rangers   


‘It was the Rangers’ first lost when leading after two periods. They were 14-0-0.’

Eichel leads Sabres over Rangers   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”Obviously, he’s a pretty special player,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “Being able to come back, you knew he was going to be able to jump into things.”‘

Sabres recall G Ullmark from AHL   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Ullmark is expected to serve as the backup to Anders Nilsson for Thursday night’s game against the visiting New York Rangers. Fellow goaltender Robin Lehner sustained a hip injury in Tuesday’s victory over the Ottawa Senators.’

Sabres beat Rangers 4-3 thanks to Eichel   


‘What Jack Eichel can do once, he can do twice to give Bufalo their second lead of the night. This time it is a goal as a result of a pass the youngster was trying to make to the front of the net, and it is goes off a skate in front. The sample size is so small right now, but man what a difference Eichel has made to this lineup. Everyone else is slotted in their correct positions as a result.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Rangers   


‘”We played a really good 2nd period and weren’t really rewarded for it. We got one goal, but they’re able to score twice right after. We just want to stick with the same effort, and we were able to do that. Hockey’s a generous game. We were able to pick up some interesting bounces and get a win and two points against a very good team. I think that’s what we need to do at home.”‘