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.”’

Friday’s Ottawa Coverage

Senators hold off Sabres in third period to open season with a victory (Ottawa Citizen)
Buffalo charges towards a brighter future on the ice and in the city (Ottawa Citizen)
Photo gallery (Ottawa Citizen)
Ottawa Senators up to the challenge vs. Buffalo Sabres in opener (Ottawa Sun)
Stone-Turris-Hoffman to be best line in Canada? (Ottawa Sun)
The first trio sounds the charge in victory (Le Droit)
Homecoming failed to Lehner (Le Droit)
Photo gallery (OttawaSenators.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Competition between Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid about to hit the next level

‘“There’s a lot of guys playing tonight in the NHL, so he’s another one of them and I’m another one of them,” Eichel said prior to Thursday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators. “I think of the position of playing in the league, you don’t really think as much like that. I don’t look at it as a head-to-head match-up between me and Connor in any way. My biggest thing right now is helping the Buffalo Sabres win hockey games.”’

Turris scores 2 in Senators 3-1 win over Sabres

‘The Sabres finished the game minus starting goalie Robin Lehner, who did not return after appearing to hurt his left leg 7:30 into the second period. Without revealing the nature of the injury, coach Dan Bylsma said the initial prognosis is that the injury is not a short-term one.’

Senators take advantage of coach’s challenge in win over Sabres

‘”That’s hockey,” Eichel said. “Things like that are going to happen. There’s a lot of momentum changes through a 60-minute game … they call it back so that’s obviously a tough break. It’s part of the new rules, that challenge and I’m sure there will be a time when we’d like to challenge a play.”‘

Sabres G Lehner exits game with leg injury

‘He was spotted after the 3-1 loss to the Senators with a cast on his right leg and Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said the injury “doesn’t look like it’s short-term.” “It’s more than day to day at this point in time, and we need to evaluate it further,” Bylsma said.

Sabres get early look at Jack Eichel’s impact

‘”Obviously there were a little bit of nerves in the beginning, first game,” Eichel said. “It’s something you dreamed of your whole life. But I think as I shook them off throughout the game, I started to get a little better. And I think I played pretty well in the third period. But obviously there’s a lot of things I’d like to work on. As a team there’s a lot of things to work on to get better.”‘

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…’.

Jack Eichel brings hope, excitement in first NHL game with Sabres

‘“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.”’

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.’

Eichel scores first goal, but Sabres lose to Senators

‘”That was a close call, but it was the right call,” Girgensons said. “It’s something new, and I bet some other days it’s going to be the other way.”‘

Sabres forward Jack Eichel scores in NHL debut

‘”We didn’t see him skate in the first two periods. We didn’t see him use his speed. But again, that was like our entire team. The third period was a lot different. He’s big bodied. He won pucks with his size and speed and his long reach.”‘

Sabres goalie Lehner leaves opener with injury

‘Lehner was hunched over after he made a save against Senators forward Mark Stone and appeared to favor his left leg. Lehner skated off the ice but was helped to the bench by a trainer.’

Eichel scores but Sabres drop season opener to Ottawa

‘“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.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks hope to make 60th anniversary season special (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)