Eichel gets memorable marker in Sabres loss

‘“We need to play a simpler game. We’ve got a lot of skill on the team, but I think if we play a simpler game and are harder in all zones, we’re going to create turnovers and then we can easily use it to our advantage.’

Sabres come to life a bit too late

‘“It was a special moment, something I’ll never forget,” Eichel said of his first NHL goal. “But it’s tough to really enjoy it when you don’t win the game. You come out in a season opener with so much riding on it. We had a great third period. At the end of the day, we fell a little bit short. It’s going to have to be a better 60-minute effort from all of us.”’

Senators’ challenge negates Kane’s goal

‘New to the NHL this year is a coach’s challenge which includes reviewing offsides plays that lead to a goal.’

Ottawa’s quick goal sets tone

‘Fresh off a “Party in the Plaza” and an electric season-opening video, the fans were ready to rock. They started a loud “Let’s go, Buffalo” chant just 10 seconds in – then got silenced by an Ottawa goal with 30 seconds gone.’

Prized rookie good as advertised but Sabres lose opener

‘Unfortunately for Eichel and the Sabres, they staggered through an offensively challenged first two periods, lost their starting goalie, Robin Lehner to a leg injury, had a goal by newcomer Evander Kane wiped away by the new coach’s challenge rule (the play was offsides), and they fell to the Ottawa Senators 3-1.’

Sabres lose Jack Eichel’s NHL debut

‘As the capacity crowd of 19,070 fans inside the First Niagara Center erupted like the Sabres had just won a playoff game, the second overall pick threw his arms in the air and was mobbed by his teammates.’

Sabres plan to use defense by committee

‘“We’re going to rely on all six guys,” defenseman Josh Gorges said Thursday prior to the Sabres’ 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators. “Some nights you’re going to play more depending on the situation in the game. We’re going to need everyone to chip in and play a regular shift, play 18 to 21 minutes.”’

Eichel scores goal, but Sabres lose opener

‘Along with losing the game, the Sabres also lost their starting goalie, Robin Lehner (11 saves), who left the game in the second period with a leg injury. Lehner was seen leaving the arena with a boot on his right foot following the game.’

Sabres come through in the nick of time

‘While the “Next Chapter” of Sabres hockey was supposed to start with the opening faceoff at 7 p.m., it took nearly 50 minutes of game time — two hours, 15 minutes real time — for Buffalo to give its faithful anything to cheer about. Like a crowd awaiting the first familiar note of the main act at a concert, those packed into the First Niagara Center on Thursday hung on every play, ready to jump at their first cue.’

Eichel scores but Sabres fall 3-1

‘There it is! Jack Eichel takes a perfect pass from Marcus Foligno across the ice and buries a wrist shot in the top corner of the net on the power play. The arena is ROCKING right now.’


‘“I think just our compete wasn’t there, we weren’t hard enough on the puck,” Sabres forward Evander Kane said after the loss. “They outworked us, outskated us and obviously there was a higher sense of urgency in the third period and we need to have that from the start.”’

Buffalo charges towards a brighter future on the ice and in the city

‘“It does seem to be rejuvenated down here, a lot of construction, a lot of life being brought back to the city,” said Tyler Ennis. “There has been a big buzz and we feel it. Not only with us, but with the Bills, just an excitement about the city in general.”’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner ‘little bit nervous’ to face former club

‘”It was like, yeah, of course,” he said. “It’s going to be a good game. We play Ottawa a few times this season and it’s going to be fun. I know there’s a lot of guys over there that want to score on me and there’s a lot of guys I don’t want to let score. Hopefully, we just win.”‘

Jack Eichel could usher in new era for Sabres, American hockey

‘Then there’s the power in his skating stride. His ability to separate in fewer steps than the average player is one of the reasons he could succeed early and produce at a rate higher than most rookies. Just watch him pull away here…’.

Sabres ready to get first look at ‘perfect fit’ Eichel

‘“There’s a lot of guys playing tonight in the NHL,” he said without a crack of a smile. “He’s one of them, and I’m one of them. I’m just going to focus on the Sabres and our team and our game against the Ottawa Senators.”’