Matthews, Leafs Overpower Sabres 4-3

‘The Leafs erupted with 3 goals in the first 9:45 of the 2nd period, prompting Dan Bylsma to replace Robin Lehner with Anders Nilsson in net. Leo Komarov was credited with Toronto’s first goal, Matt Martin tied it on a weak odd-angle shot and Auston Matthews put the Leafs ahead 1:17 later with his 22nd.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Maple Leafs

‘”It’s frustrating. . . sometimes you make mistakes. I think I’ve been pretty good this year at letting it go. I think there haven’t been many games this year where I’ve let in more than 3. I think one or two [games]. I didn’t want to get out, but it was coach’s decision.”‘

5 Observations: Maple Leafs top Sabres 4-3

‘We saw this against the Lightning last week, again against the Hurricanes and on Tuesday versus the Maple Leafs. I don’t have an explanation for why this keeps happening, but it needs to stop.’

Something special brewing between Sabres & Maple Leafs

‘I’m not going to say that Buffalo will become Toronto’s biggest rival — that is and will always be Montreal — but these two teams just have so many stinking similarities.’

Maple Leafs score four in row to defeat Sabres

‘”Just the way we managed the game in the second period, I think the forwards need to do a better job of helping our defense get off the ice,” Sabres forward Jack Eichel said. “It was just a couple funny bounces and they get the lead back. We came out and played pretty well. We even had some good spurts in the second period where we put some good pressure on them, but obviously didn’t do enough to win.”‘

Sabres unable to hold early lead in loss to Leafs

‘The Sabres had succeeded in the first period similarly to how they won against Dallas on Monday, by capitalizing on mistakes and letting chances come to them. Such was the case on Kyle Okposo’s goal to open the scoring, when Carrier forced Maple Leafs goalie Frederick Andersen ito make an errant pass in the offensive zone that landed directly on Okposo’s stick.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Nichol, Oklobzija named to Rochester Amerks Hall of Fame (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks to induct Nichol, Oklobzija into Hall of Fame March 3 (
Amerks end weekend with another win over Toronto (

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)
Preview: Sabres at Maple Leafs (

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.’