Center stage: Ennis and Reinhart help Sabres roll

‘Jhonas Enroth was again staunch in the crease, extending his scoreless streak past 102 minutes and stopping 22 of 23 shots while pretty much wrapping up the No. 1 slot in goal for next week’s season opener.’

Reinhart finds net as Sabres cruise

‘Reinhart’s goal capped a strong exhibition outing. Of course, playing Washington’s junior varsity squad helped. Still, the Sabres throttled the weak lineup, receiving seven points from the top line, including two goals from Matt Moulson and a slick one-goal, three-point performance from Tyler Ennis.’

Thursday’s Washington Coverage

In 6-1 loss to Buffalo, some Caps ‘played themselves out of the lineup’ (Washington Post)
Caps battered in Buffalo, 6-1 (WashingtonCaps.com)

Moulson scores twice, Sabres beat Capitals 6-1

‘Tyler Ennis had a goal and two assists, and Drew Stafford and Marcus Foligno also scored. Jhonas Enroth made 22 saves, and Brian Gionta and Chris Stewart each had two assists.’

Sabres look to build after tumultuous season

‘”That was our message to our players: It’s a fresh beginning,” said Nolan, who hired a new staff that includes former NHL star Bryan Trottier. “What we went through last year, we don’t want to go through that again. So we’ll try to get better.”‘

Sabres Preview-Capsule

‘The Sabres can’t be much worse after setting a franchise record for losses during a tumultuous season in which they changed their coach and general manager, and purged much of their veteran core, including trading goalie Ryan Miller. They’ve added veteran leadership (Gionta and Gorges) to complement their youth movement. And yet, the Sabres have too many questions marks — particularly in net, where Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are competing for the starting job — to consider them playoff contenders.’

Buffalo 6, Washington 1

‘Matt Moulson scored twice to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-1 preseason victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.’

2014-15 Buffalo Sabres Preview

‘Making the playoffs isn’t a goal on Buffalo’s radar in 2014-15, and truthfully, it could be a few seasons before the club has a legitimate chance at returning to the postseason.’

Reinhart’s 1st Comes in 6-1 Romp Over Caps

‘Matt Moulson added two goals for Buffalo and Tyler Ennis picked up three points.’

The Sabres put together a complete effort

‘Tyler Ennis has played three preseason games and has been one of the best players out there in all three. Ennis came out of the chute flying and Washington has no answers. He went to the net and scored on a Brian Gionta rebound. Hard work helped him assist on both Matt Moulson goals.’

Ennis, Moulson lead way to victory over Capitals

‘“It’s really refreshing here. We’re working hard. We’re driven,” Ennis said. “It was really nice to see the crowd appreciate that game tonight. They stuck around, they cheered and clapped at the end. It was nice to put six in. It was nice to win 6-1 for once. We haven’t done that in a long time so it’s a good feeling in here.”’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Makarov feeling confident (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Reinhart’s roster spot not a given at this point

‘“It’s getting a little frustrating,” Reinhart admitted after practice Tuesday in First Niagara Center. “I think the biggest thing is I’m getting chances, trying to create. I’m just going to stick with it and focus on the bigger picture. But obviously that’s part of my game and I think that’s going to have to come.”’

Kaleta’s injury will cost him a month or more

‘“Kaleta is not as serious as we thought but it’s still serious,” Nolan said. “Instead of maybe being a three-month thing, it could be down to less than a month so we’re very thankful for that.”‘

Sabres’ Reinhart running out of time

‘Through three appearances, Reinhart has zero points, just two shots on goal and a minus-1 rating while averaging 16 minutes, 16 seconds of ice time. Incredibly, he’s only attempted three shots.’