5 Observations: Sabres top Red Wings 3-2 in OT

‘*Side note* Kudos to Rasmus Ristolainen — he logged a career-high 35:24 in ice time, including 4:28 during overtime.’

Sabres defeat Red Wings with power-play goal in OT

‘”Just a bit of a broken play,” Okposo said. “We had a couple things that we wanted to do. They just seemed to be giving me time at the net.”‘

O’Reilly’s late-game heroics lead to OT win

‘”He willed it,” the Sabres coach said. “It was a big-time play from our guy wanting to be a leader on this team and just willed that goal in. From along the boards to behind the net to bringing it out, that’s the best I can say. He willed that goal into the back of the net.”‘

Sabres assign Ullmark to Rochester

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks lose in Providence despite 2 Bailey goals (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
P-Bruins 4, Americans 3: Casto wins it with 3.6 seconds remaining (Providence Journal)
Amerks drop heartbreaker in Providence (Amerks.com)
P-Bruins strike with 3.6 seconds left to win 4-3 (ProvidenceBruins.com)

Lehner takes responsibility for Tuesday’s “half-Hollywood movie”

‘”I take responsibility. I don’t want to do the whole sequence of things that they built up to the little half-Hollywood movie that they clipped together. I understand where it’s coming from. It’s all entertainment to them but it’s a real-life reaction for me and I accept the responsibility of it.”‘

Sabres Notebook: Ennis expected back, Ullmark with new mask

‘“It’s a complex area. There’s a lot going on down there,” Ennis said. “Optimistically I wanted to play every game here on out but you know, like I said it’s complex down there. I’ve just got to make sure I’m able to do what I can out there, that I’m able to play how I can out there so I’m going to stay getting treatment. It takes a lot of time and it’s a lot of work.’

Sabres’ Evander Kane one of NHL’s hottest scorers

‘But these days, Kane is scorching, having scored 12 times in the last 21 games entering tonight’s tilt against the Detroit Red Wings at KeyBank Center.’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner defends wave: ‘I don’t care what anyone thinks’

‘“I understand how it looks,” Lehner said inside KeyBank Center. “People that know me, I go up, I’m going to have a drink. It’s a mom with a 5-year-old kid waving in his pajamas. You know what? I’m going to wave back. I don’t care what anyone thinks.’

The Sabres at Mid Season

‘The team isn’t scoring. With under 100 goals at the mid point, that ranks them 27th in the league, and they are on pace to match those horrible seasons when the team was (allegedly) deliberately looking to finish dead last in order to land those coveted top draft picks.’

Friday’s Detroit Coverage

How to watch tonight’s Detroit Red Wings-Buffalo Sabres game (Detroit Free Press)
Red Wings vs. Sabres: Detroit is NHL’s best shootout team after being one of the worst (Ann Arbor News)
Red Wings ride high into road date with Sabres (AP)
Preview: Red Wings at Sabres (NHL.com)

Sabres promote G Ullmark from AHL Rochester

‘The recall is the fourth of the season for Ullmark, who has yet to play in a game with the Sabres in 2016-17.’

National media believes Sabres are on the right path

‘”I don’t think that Sabres fans should be angry about where they are this year,” Smith said. “Maybe disappointed, yes, because you always want to think you’re on the cusp of making the playoffs or right there fighting until the end. As far as the organizational development goes, as far as where they have come from, where they are now and where they are heading, I think they’re in real good shape.”‘

Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly on the boost he — and his beard — got from the World Cup

‘We’re having trouble reinventing ourselves every day. It’s a tough thing to do in this league and it’s obviously not going to happen every time, but we’ve had too many ups and downs.’

Sabres’ Lehner reflects on his difficult night in Toronto

‘I think everybody who has seen this knows it was blown up because it happened in Toronto. Lehner said, “We all know that and it’s fine and I take responsibility. I don’t want to do the whole sequence of things that they built up, the little half Hollywood movie that they clipped together. I understand where it’s coming from, it’s all entertainment to them, but its real life reactions from me.”’