Quick hits: Wild 2, Sabres 1

‘The Pegulas, who were among the 4,000 in attendance, received a partial standing ovation late in the first period after a tribute video featuring Penn State administrators, coaches, players and employees appeared on the scoreboard.’

Girgensons feels at home again with Sabres

‘“It’s a preseason goal, but it’s still an opportunity for him to feel good about himself,” Bylsma said. “Zemgus is a heart-and-soul, gutsy player, a player that’s got to work hard in all areas of the rink and bring that to the offensive zone. He’s going to get plenty of opportunities to do it.”’

Sabres’ next four exhibitions will be on TV

‘Tuesday’s visit to KeyBank Center by Ottawa, Thursday’s meeting with Toronto in St. Catharines, Ont., and Friday’s game against the Maple Leafs in KeyBank Center will all be on MSG. The Sabres and Carolina meet next Tuesday for the “Kraft Hockeyville USA” game in Marquette, Mich., and that game will be broadcast by NBCSN.’

Pegulas help build a winner at Penn State

‘“When it was finally done and we saw how beautiful it was and how great it was for the student-athletes, it was awesome,” Gadowsky said in Pegula Ice Arena. “It’s a great place to watch a hockey game, and it’s a tremendous place for student-athletes to develop.”’

Pegula Ice Arena ready for Sabres, Wild

‘Like the Pegula-funded HarborCenter, Pegula Ice Arena is a dual-rink facility. There’s a main rink that seats more than 6,000 fans, plus a practice rink for the Division I hockey team and residents of Happy Valley.’

Williamsville’s Cole Schneider impressing Sabres

‘“He’s taking the opportunity right now to show he can make plays and he is a guy who can be counted on to put the puck in the net,” said coach Dan Bylsma, whose Sabres open their preseason home schedule tonight against the Ottawa Senators inside KeyBank Center.’

Tuesday’s Minnesota Coverage

Wild defeats Sabres 2-1 in exhibition (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minnesota Wild win preseason opener on Jason Zucker’s goal (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Wild defeat Sabres in preseason opener (Wild.com)
Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 2, Sabres 1 (Wild.com)

NHL hits the Happy Valley ice

‘When the Sabres scored their lone goal in the first period, the student section began their traditional taunting of Minnesota goalie Alex Stalock. And like other standard nights in the arena, the student section gave its “Hockey Valley!” and “We are …” chants. “Those types of things don’t happen in the NHL,” said Michael Cross, Penn State’s assistant athletic director for new business development, who played a major role in landing the game. “You don’t get those types of cheers. I’m really happy to see that.”’

Wild Take Preseason Opener From Sabres 2-1

‘Anders Nilsson played the first two periods for the Sabres while Linus Ullmark entered the crease for the final frame.’

Sabres’ Ristolainen does not report to camp

‘All three players participate in the World Cup of Hockey. Ristolainen still doesn’t have a contract. Dan Bylsma didn’t seem too concerned, “I would love to have him with us right now, but I’m confident that will move to be getting done and he’ll be joining us at some point in time.”’

Sabres return six to juniors

‘The Sabres now have 29 forwards, 16 defensemen, and five goalies remaining on the training camp roster.’

5 observations from Sabres 2-1 loss to Wild

‘The Sabres scored halfway through the first period on a Zemgus Girgensons goal but couldn’t find the back of the net again. A late high-sticking penalty by Evander Kane ultimately cost the Sabres — Minnesota’s Jason Zucker scored on a rocket while on the power play with 4.6 seconds left. The score is one Sabres fans won’t be happy with, but there’s plenty of positives that can be taken from tonight’s game.’

Sabres’ Ristolainen hasn’t reported to camp just yet

‘The 21-year-old defenseman is a restricted free agent going into the 2016 season and is looking for a new deal. In 2015, Ristolainen had his best professional season with the Sabres — at least offensively. He finished with nine goals, 32 assists, and 41 points.’

Sabres Fall To Wild On Late Goal At Penn State

‘Evander Kane took a penalty with 32.2 seconds remaining in a 1-1 tie to give the Wild a 4-on-3 power play, and Jason Zucker took advantage with a one-time goal to earn the win for Minnesota with 4.6 seconds left on the clock.’

Sabres Return 6 To Junior Clubs

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has returned forwards Vasily Glotov, Brandon Hagel and Cliff Pu, as well as defensemen Vojtech Budik, Austin Osmanski and Devante Stephens, to their respective junior clubs.’