Inside the Sabres: Robin Lehner, his Trump mask, the backlash

‘“I admire a lot of things about the guy,” Lehner said. “You know what? I don’t like a lot of things, too. But I also recognize we’re all humans. People are looking for this perfect-world type human being – robots, I guess, to rule. You know what? We’re all flawed.’

Ryan O’Reilly helps push Sabres past Red Wings in OT

‘Few players put more pressure on themselves than O’Reilly, who always seems to be lamenting his missed opportunities and demanding more of himself, even in good times.’

Sabres’ Nick Deslauriers seeing less action

‘“He’s been in and out of the lineup,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “You can only put 12 in there and Nick, (he’s) effective at some points in some situations for our team.”‘

Saturday’s Detroit Coverage

Wings let Sabres off hook, settle for OT loss (Detroit News)
Wings welcome back Helm’s speed, competitiveness (Detroit News)
Photo gallery (Detroit News)
Petr Mrazek solid, but Red Wings fall to Sabres, 3-2, in overtime (Detroit Free Press)
Darren Helm scores in return; Wings count on his speed, physicality (Detroit Free Press)
Fog in Detroit forces Red Wings to stay overnight in Buffalo (Detroit Free Press)
Red Wings fall in OT as three-game winning streak snapped (Ann Arbor News)
Red Wings not happy with power play, non-call in OT loss (Ann Arbor News)
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Okposo gives Sabres 3-2 OT win against Red Wings

‘”It was a big-time play from our guy wanting to be a leader on this team,” Bylsma said. “He willed that goal in the back of the net.”‘

Okposo caps Sabres comeback vs. Red Wings

‘”He’s a game-breaking player,” Okposo said of O’Reilly. “He can do that, though. He can change the game like that with his smarts, his skill.”‘

Sabres dump Red Wings 3-2 in overtime

‘This game has been turned on its ear since O’Reilly’s goal. Buffalo is pressing the play into the Red Wings end. You just get the feeling another goal will come for the blue and goild before the end of regulation.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Red Wings

‘”At times we were frustrated, I myself was very frustrated, but to stick with it and keep doing things the right way and getting a win, it just shows it’s something we have to build on. We’re not happy with the standings right now, but all we can do is take it one at a time. That’s our mindset going out here. Let’s just win the next one and hopefully we’ll throw something together here.”‘

Red Wings’ Vanek still loves Buffalo

‘While in Buffalo, Vanek wanted to hear exactly what Darcy Regier’s plan was for the Sabres and he really heard nothing so that’s why he didn’t re-sign. Vanek said, “Buffalo is awesome, I always say to other people, like before Kyle signed here I talked to him and said, ‘you’re going to love it, it’s a great place’, you know did I want to leave? No, but at the time, I didn’t know which direction this franchise was going, I had a few questions and none of them got answered, so I guess I was a little selfish and wanted to move on.”’

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 (
P-Bruins strike with 3.6 seconds left to win 4-3 (

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.”‘