Quick hits: Sabres 1, Maple Leafs 0 (SO)

‘Buffalo eked out a 1-0 shootout victory over Toronto on Thursday, getting the only goal when Matt Moulson scored on the Sabres’ fourth attempt of the shootout. Buffalo has scored three regulation goals during its three preseason games.’

Ristolainen reports to camp as ‘good will’ move

‘“In the end, this made sense to him, at least in the short term.”’

Sabres’ Nilsson making the perfect first impression

‘“You always want to make a good impression, but what it comes down to is helping your team win games,” Nilsson said in Meridian Centre. “My job is to stop the puck, and I’m trying to do that every time I come to the rink no matter if it’s practice, a scrimmage or an exhibition game.”’

Sabres prospect Alexander Nylander enjoys special night against brother

‘“We fought a lot, there was a lot when we were playing knee hockey, shinny,” an excited Alexander Nylander said Thursday morning prior to the Sabres’ 1-0 preseason shootout win, their first-ever meeting at any level of hockey. “We always came clean after it and were best buddies again.”’

Rasmus Ristolainen practicing as ‘goodwill’ gesture to Sabres

‘Ristolainen’s agent, former NHL goalie Mike Liut, wrote in an email to the Times Herald his client wants to “build on his summer training.”’

Friday’s Toronto Coverage

Nylander happy to have Martin around in Leafs’ pre-season loss to Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Goalies steal show as Leafs drop pre-season tilt to Sabres (Toronto Star)
Sabres outlast Maple Leafs (Saint Catharines Standard)
Moulson scores shootout winner; Sabres top Leafs, 1-0, in pre-season play (Waterloo Region Record)
Nylander brothers face off for first time (TSN)
Nylander brothers share tender post-game moment (Sportsnet)

Moulson scores SO winner, Sabres top Leafs 1-0 in pre-season

‘Nilsson stopped 23 shots in regulation and overtime plus all four Toronto shooters. Meanwhile, Toronto goalies Garret Sparks and Kasimir Kaskisuo combined to stop all 38 Buffalo shots in regulation and overtime. Kaskisuo had stopped the first three Buffalo shooters before Moulson’s winner.’

What should the Sabres pay Rasmus Ristolainen?

‘It puts Buffalo general manager Tim Murray at a bit of a crossroads. There’s no denying the scoring impact Ristolainen had last year, and at the age of 21, there’s all the room in the world for him to make big strides in the next few years.’

Sabres Top Leafs in Shootout 1-0

‘Buffalo went 0 for 5 on the power play on Thursday and the team is now 0 for 16 with the man advantage during the preseason.’

Sabres’ Nylander hopes he faces his brother

‘Will is older than Alex and has seen some NHL time. Alex said, “He’s helped me a lot, we’ve both been really competitive since we’ve played a lot of other sports too, so we really like to win and help each other get better each and every day.”’

Sabres’ Ristolainen has shown up without a deal

‘It looks like Ristolainen doesn’t want to sit home and wants to be working with his teammates. Bylsma said, “I think it’s great. The contract negotiation is between Tim and the agent and obviously Rasmus is involved, but he wants to be back on the ice with his teammates and that’s a good thing.”’

5 observations from Sabres 1-0 win over Leafs

‘Thursday against the Leafs, Hudson Fasching was the bear and the Leafs were the fish. He dominated possession behind the net and generated multiple scoring chances throughout the game.’

Matt Moulson gives Sabres win in shootout

‘Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson made stopped four shots in the shootout and made 23 saves in regulation for the shutout.’

Michigan town gets to be Hockeyville USA for day

‘”Our community is limited in size and population,” he said. “Costs of these kind of things have gone up, so the budget has gotten more and more challenging even just to keep the place going. Lakeview Arena is 43 years old. When I first came to town, it was a pretty new facility, and you sort of don’t realize over the years what happens, but the reality is it was deteriorating badly. The roof leaked. The boards were worn. The glass was beat up; you couldn’t see through it. The compressors were shot. The dehumidification system couldn’t keep the ice hard. So that’s how we are spending the money.”‘

Nilsson Earns Shutout In Shootout Win Over Leafs

‘”He was rock solid,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “I think he wants to prove he can be in the net and be a capable goaltender when he gets the opportunity. He’s had two opportunities to this point. He’s been really good in both of them and looked real capable. It gives you a comfortable feeling.”‘