Tuesday’s Toronto Coverage

Game Day: Sabres at Maple Leafs (Toronto Sun)
Game day: Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto Star)
Young stars clash when Sabres visit Maple Leafs (AP)

Together again, Eichel and Reinhart excel for Sabres

‘“It’s nice to be back playing with him,” Eichel said in KeyBank Center. “We’re two people who want to be out there together. We know that if we get each other the puck and get open it’s going to come back.’

Mike Harrington: Attack mode should be Sabres’ preferred method

‘”We have to play a patient game, a responsible game to get the opportunities that I think will come,” Bylsma said. “You have to play defense against this group. You have to be aware which side of the puck you’re on and if you do so, you’ll get opportunities going back the other way.’

Sabres Notebook: Ennis returns with feats of skill and creativity

‘”He’s been skating a lot for quite a long time trying to work his way back from this injury,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “And he actually pulls that lacrosse move off quite often. To have enough presence of mind to try to do it in a game when there’s grown men out there trying to crush ya, it just shows the comfort level he’s at and the ease with which he plays the game. In practice I’ve seen him put in in right in toe top corner a couple times and this one almost went in after a bounce or two. That was just a flash of his skill.”‘

Quick hits: Sabres 4, Stars 1

‘It didn’t take long to see which Sabres team was playing Monday. It was the good one.’

Sabres jump out to early lead, beat Stars

“A win’s nice, but it’s been a roller coaster,” McCabe said. “It’s been up and down and we can’t have that anymore. It’s great to get wins, but we’ve got to start stringing them together.”

Sabres’ Tyler Ennis scores early in return, attempts lacrosse-style goal

‘“To have enough presence of mind to try it in a game when there’s grown men out there trying to crush you, just shows you kind of where the comfort level he’s at,” Bylsma said.’

Ennis scores 19 seconds into return, sparks Sabres win

‘“Yeah that’s how I planned it,” Ennis said of his quick start.’

Tuesday’s Dallas Coverage

Frustration boils over for Jamie Benn in loss to Sabres, and a trio of his hockey sticks pay dearly for it (Dallas Morning News)
Stars end up on wrong side of coach’s challenge that caused big momentum shift vs. Buffalo (Dallas Morning News)
Heading in the wrong direction: Stars’ penalty kill now statistically NHL’s worst (Dallas Morning News)
Cold facts: After loss to Sabres, could Dallas Stars use McKenzie, Cracknell back in lineup? (Dallas Morning News)
Stars road woes continue in Buffalo (DallasStars.com)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Eichel scores twice in Sabres’ 4-1 win over Stars

‘The Sabres snapped a two-game losing streak and beat the Stars for the first time in four matchups.’

Eichel pots two as Sabres beat Stars

‘”I was really happy not only to get our team going, but just for his sake,” said Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe. “He’s missed that many games and he’s a really big piece to our team. He brings so much to the table when he’s in our lineup so to see him get that goal for his confidence and our team confidence, you couldn’t script it any better.”‘

Sabres recall F O’Reilly

‘O’Reilly, 30, joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season after playing four games with the team in November, averaging 10:55 of time on ice. The Toronto native is currently tied for second in the AHL with 26 assists and tied for ninth in the league with 34 points overall, including eight goals.’

Sabres beat down the Stars 4-1

‘Jack Eichel finished the day with a career-high 10 shots on goal.’

From the locker room: Sabres-Stars

‘”It seemed like I had a lot of chances in the first [period], and I told myself that if I came out here and shot the puck a lot I think I’d get one. In the past few games I’ve been trying to be too cute on opportunities that I can fire it. You’re not going to score unless you shoot it. I got rewarded with an empty-netter which was nice, and a tap in on a great play from [Sam Reinhart].”‘

5 Observations: Ennis, Sabres top Stars 4-1

‘It took Tyler Ennis 19 seconds to have his presence felt.’