Sabres assign 3 players to Rochester

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forwards Nicholas Baptiste and Hudson Fasching, and defenseman Casey Nelson to the Rochester Americans (AHL).’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Reinforcements fuel Amerks, but need still exists (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Americans hand Marlies first loss of season (CP)
Newcomers, Special Teams Carries Amerks To 5-2 Win Over Marlies (
Photo gallery (
Marlies Fall in Rochester (

Shooters sputter as Sabres fall to Canucks

‘”We have to string along 60-minute games,” Lehner said. “We can’t have a period on and a period off. When you see we have it there one period, there’s no reason we don’t have our system all 60 minutes. We have to work on that.”‘

Ristolainen’s assists adding spice to Sabres’ offense

‘Ristolainen played 23 minutes, 17 seconds in the season opener against Montreal, 26:43 in Sunday’s win in Edmonton and 26:04 in Tuesday’s overtime loss in Calgary. Coach Dan Bylsma said over the summer he was hoping to cut back on some of Ristolainen’s minutes this season. Bylsma laughed when reminded about that Wednesday and admitted it’s been no dice in that area so far.’

Quick Hits: Canucks 2, Sabres 1

‘The Sabres fell to 1-2-1 overall and finished 1-1-1 on their sojourn through Western Canada. Still, that equals the most points they’ve had in these parts since they posted the same record in 1998-99.’

Former Sabre Matt Ellis happy in retirement, excited for future

‘“There were days if you would’ve asked me I would’ve said, ‘You know what? This is it. I’m done,’” Ellis said. “There are other days I would’ve told you, ‘I love the game. I want to continue grinding it out.’”’

Friday’s Vancouver Coverage

Don’t look now, but the Canucks are on a roll (Vancouver Province)
The NHL is divided into two camps this season (Vancouver Province)
Canucks Post Game (Vancouver Province)
The Best Thing: Jannik Hansen gives the Canucks their first lead of the year (Vancouver Sun)
Canucks’ record is perfect, so don’t sweat the rest (Vancouver Sun)
Canucks Replay (Vancouver Sun)
Photo gallery (

No Comeback Required: Surprising Canucks stay perfect, down Sabres 2-1

‘”It may be my fault,” said Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma. “I happened to see the number before going out for the third period. They were at zero and we were at 100 per cent and they get the power-play goal.’

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.”‘