McGinn, Larsson goals lift Sabres to comeback 4-2 win over slumping Canadiens

‘”It plays a big role in our wins when we get that secondary scoring going,” said Buffalo captain Brian Gionta. “Foligno early on, Larsson with a big one to go ahead. Stuff like that is key.”‘

Sabres’ Reinhart grows in the shadow of fellow second overall pick Eichel

‘”We’ve seen him really improve his game and come out to score what could be 20 or 23 goals, which would be a pretty darn good season for anybody. It doesn’t have the dramatic story or the spotlight, but he’s turned into a big part of our team and the scoring on our team.”‘

Sabres add to Habs’ recent woes

‘”We didn’t get frustrated with ourselves,” McGinn said. “We stayed positive. We just had to continue to get shots to the net and fortunately they started hitting the back of the net. It was a huge win for us.”‘

Sabres Power Past Canadiens 4-2

‘Larsson’s go-ahead goal marked his 1st since 12/14/15, snapping a 19-game goalless drought.’

Sabres-Canadiens: From the Locker Room

‘”Larsson’s been playing in a matchup role for us, playing on a line that’s playing against other teams’ best players and he’s done a good job doing it. He just hasn’t been able to find the scoresheet. Tonight, he was rewarded for that. It was nice to see him get it and get it the right way, going to the net and being strong on the stick, getting the play from Jake [McCabe].”‘

Sabres score three in third to defeat Canadiens

‘”They made a good push in the second [period],” Gionta said. “Obviously, toward the end, maybe the last five minutes of the first, we were able to take it a little bit to them. So they made a push back in the second to get a couple of goals there on us, but I thought we showed a lot of composure there in the third.”‘

Secondary scoring leads Sabres past Canadiens

‘”We were talking in the coaches’ office before the game on where we were going to get our goals,” Bylsma said. “Some of those names were mentioned and they came through tonight.”‘

Foligno advances to line with Eichel

‘”I think Marcus is playing his best hockey right now,” Bylsma said. “He’s playing big and strong, he skates well and is a physical presence for us all year. I’m pretty eager to see him on that wing, to see if he can be a guy that can not only provide speed and physicality but can be the benefactor of being a guy at the net and finish plays from Jack and Zemgus.”‘

What to do with eight healthy defensemen?

‘Mike Weber and Carlo Colaiacovo will sit out Wednesday’s game in Montreal but Bylsma said he expects to see seven of the eight play over the next four days, when the team has the matchup with the Habs and a home-and-home series against Boston.’

Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons finding offensive game beside Jack Eichel

‘That speed, especially Eichel’s, can be lethal. Combine that with Girgensons’ physicality and ability to create space, and Bylsma might have finally found a regular sidekick for Eichel after months of searching. Bylsma plans to have winger Marcus Foligno join them tonight in the Sabres’ first game following the NHL All-Star break.’

Healthy Sabres defense corps presents problem

‘“I expect to see seven guys get in the lineup the next three games, for sure,” Bylsma said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “Yes, we’re also (close) to the trade deadline. I think that will be a factor in play as well.”’

Wednesday’s Montreal Coverage

Canadiens-Sabres as scheduled in Buffalo (La Presse)
Sabres-Canadiens Preview (AP)
Sabres return from break, visit struggling Canadiens (NHL.com)
Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Sabres (Canadiens.com)

Sabres’ O’Reilly returns from the All Star Game

‘O’Reilly is extremely disappointed with where the team sits and he says the time is now, “We have to get going right away and if we want to have success it has to be one game at a time. It’s going to be tough, all you have to do is look at the standings and you can see where we are, so we just treat every game like it’s our last one because it’s not going to be easy to climb out of this hole we’re in and get back into the hunt.”’

Bylsma likes Girgensons-Eichel as a pair

‘”Zemgus carries the puck, we’ve seen Jack carry the puck and he can clearly carry the puck and lug the mail. If you focus on Zemgus carrying the puck up the ice and Jack starts from 50-60 feet away in full speed, he’s not your focus as a defenceman and all of a sudden he’s upon you and by you and Zemgus carries the puck and gets it to the net” Bylsma said. “So to have a guy like Zemgus who can skate well himself and move the puck up the ice, I think it can be a real added benefit to have Jack use that speed away from the puck. You’re going to continue to see Zemgus next to Jack there for a little bit.”‘

Sabres prep for final 32 games of the season

‘“Coming back from the break, guys are kind of refreshed,” Sam Reinhart, who has missed the last three games, told reporters on Tuesday. “Ready to go in now and make a push.”‘