Former Sabres captain Steve Ott playing like old self

‘“Coming off an injury and surgery, I was probably almost trying too hard to kind of get there,” Ott said. “At times, I was too early or too late. This year, after a strong summer of training and kind of pushing forward from the get-go in training camp, I felt like where I usually am.”’

Tuesday’s Saint Louis Coverage

Blues pull out 2-1 win over Sabres (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Shattenkirk feeling like himself again (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Game Notes – Blues 2, Sabres 1 (
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Brouwer, Fabbri score in 3rd as Blues rally past Sabres 2-1

‘”We had so many chances there that we’ve got to put them away early when we have them,” Buffalo center Ryan O’Reilly said. “It’s not good enough. It’s embarrassing.”‘

Third-period goals push Blues past Sabres

‘The Sabres were 6-0 when leading after three periods entering this game, but center Ryan O’Reilly said the young team is still lacking a killer instinct.’

Blues come back for 2-1 win over Sabres

‘St. Louis is able to get a puck leak through Linus Ullmark for the game’s go-ahead score. Dan Bylsma challenged that the Blues were offside but it was confirmed that the play was onside. 2-1 StL.’

Bad bounce leads to deciding goal in Sabres’ loss to St. Louis

‘“I thought it was a hard-fought game,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “There was a lot of good in a lot of areas from our team … you’d like to find some goals in there.”’

A quarter into season, Sabres still a work in progress

‘Eichel isn’t alone: Many of the team’s experienced forwards are struggling to score, as Ryan O’Reilly has three of Buffalo’s four goals over the last four games. Evander Kane, Brian Gionta, Marcus Foligno and the injured Zemgus Girgensons all have one goal for the season. Tyler Ennis has no goals in nine games, Matt Moulson none in eight. Johan Larsson and David Legwand have yet to score at all.’

What to watch Monday night: Bills or Sabres?

‘“We can’t show the Bills game in the building – it’s against league rules – but we’ll have updates,” Gilbert said. “I think nowadays everybody has a smartphone anyway, so they’re going to get updates.”’

Improved Sabres have long ways to go

‘What’s clear is the Sabres’ also-ran days are over under new coach Dan Bylsma. Even in their losses they’re usually competitive. Sure, the playoffs probably aren’t realistic this season. But they’ve shown enough progress and possess enough talent to make fans wonder what kind of team they might develop into in the near future.’

Monday’s Saint Louis Coverage

Preview: Blues at Sabres (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Blues-Sabres Preview (AP)
Sabres open three-game homestand against Blues (

Shutout loss to Stars continues Sabres’ pattern of offensive offense

‘The Sabres have scored just four times in the last four games — and three of those goals are from Ryan O’Reilly.’

Faceoffs are a big deal to O’Reilly

‘“It’s a possession thing,” O’Reilly said prior to the game against the Dallas Stars in American Airlines Center. “Whenever you’re doing good on draws, you’re giving yourself another extra split second to possess it and make a play in the game. It’s huge for the game. It’s something I enjoy, a great way to start a shift … a great way to be engaged coming into the dot right away.”’

Quick Hits: Stars 3, Sabres 0

‘”That’s been killing us the last few games,” said Jack Eichel. “Two 5-on-3s in St. Louis, one tonight. No goals on any of them. You can get momentum off of those and we didn’t.”‘

NHL’s new offside review needs a rewind

‘Like turning on the furnace and then opening a window.’

Sunday’s Dallas Coverage

Why Stars’ win over Sabres had almost too much good to keep track of (Dallas Morning News)
Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak seizes opportunity with big fight and strong game vs. Buffalo (Dallas Morning News)
Stars get 3-0 shutout win against Sabres, but lose Jason Demers to injury (Dallas Morning News)
Niemi, Stars shut out Sabres for fifth straight win (
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