Canucks top Sabres to become last unbeaten team

‘”Our work ethic is there,” said Markstrom, who made 26 saves in his third consecutive start. “They took over a little bit after we scored that goal in the second.’

Canucks Edge Sabres 2-1

‘After nearly a half-game of scoreless hockey, Jannik Hansen put Vancouver on the board, shoving a rebound into the net. Daniel Sedin made it 2-0 with a 3rd period power play goal, but the Sabres cut the lead in half a little over two minutes later on Nick Baptiste’s 1st career goal.’

From the Locker Room: Sabres-Canucks

‘”Really wanted to come out with a win today, but everything reflects consistency. This league, you have to be good from the get-go. You’re good in the 1st period, or get some momentum in the 1st period, you never know where the game goes. But I think consistency is what we gotta work on.”‘

Two Sabres’ prospects will face the Russians

‘Two Sabres will play on the WHL All Star team which plays games in Prince George and Edmonton.’

5 observations: Sabres 2-1 loss to Canucks

‘Okposo finished the night with a fourth of the Sabres shots on goal (six shots) Thursday night and generated some quality chances. The Sabres big free agent forward had a stellar second period, basically taking over the game, he just couldn’t beat Markstrom. Okposo and his line mates (O’Reilly and Reinhart) really turned things on as a unit after a slow start, but it was too little too late for the Sabres. They’ve been the Sabres best line this year, so they get a pass after Thursday’s loss.’

Canucks match best start in their history

‘”It’s obviously exciting for me, but we didn’t get the win, and that’s unfortunate,” said Baptiste, who was playing his second NHL game.’

Sabres unable to capitalize in loss to Vancouver

‘”Fourteen shots in the second period, I think that’s how we need to play, how we wanted to play,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “We had opportunities to sneak one by to get a goal and that was our mentality. We needed to keep pushing and keep playing that way and didn’t come up with it.”‘

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks, AHL A Good Fit For Alex Nylander (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks Set To Face Pair Of Division Rivals This Weekend (

Sabres look for bounceback in finale of Western trip

‘”It has to be for sure,” said winger Sam Reinhart, a Vancouver native making his second return home in the NHL. “Coming right from day one of training camp, two weeks before the season started, our whole roster minus a couple guys at the World Cup was ready and excited to get going. That was part of the reason why, the mentality around the room.’

Banged-up Miller won’t face Sabres as Canucks go for 4-0

‘”As a goaltender, you feel this way probably 10 times a season,” said Miller, now 36. “It’s ‘Oh, I’m a little tight today but tomorrow I’ll have my hips and back lined up, do the right recovery and I’ll feel fine.’ Once you’re able to get that rest, you’re fine the next day. It just held on a little longer. It not an injury, it’s more a muscle that didn’t want to settle down. Something in my alignment was off.”‘

Amerks’ Tyson Strachan offers Sabres depth

‘“I’d be lying to say those things don’t come into your mind,” Strachan said earlier this month inside KeyBank Center. “Obviously, you think about everything that’s possible. At the end of the day, you’re confident. There’s nothing you can do about it other than just get yourself prepared.”’

Thursday’s Vancouver Coverage

Canucks Game Day (Vancouver Province)
Unbeaten Canucks host upstart Sabres (AP)
Preview: Sabres at Canucks (

Sabres continue to refine special teams

‘“We start with the puck we get a chance to get it down ice, and that’s really the starting point of your penalty kill” Gorges said. “If you can disrupt them coming through the ice, force them to make tough plays at the blue line or dump pucks in it gives us an opportunity to go get pucks and keep them on the run.”’

Miller likely won’t play against Sabres

‘Wednesday Miller told reporters that he will backup Jacob Markstrom duringThursday’s game against the Sabres, after feeling some tightness the last few days. “It’s not an injury,” Miller started. “It’s more of a muscle that didn’t want to settle down.”’

Three games in, Sabres are excelling on special teams

‘Through three games, Buffalo is a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill (one of three perfect teams remaining along with Florida and Minnesota), while their 25-percent conversion rate on the power-play (4-for-16) ranks eighth in the League.’