Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could lend itself well to leadership

‘“He’s so hard to knock off the puck. He’s got that deceptive stride. It’s incredible,” said Matthews, who came to be close friends with Eichel when they played together in the USA Hockey development program. “That’s something you’ve got to watch out for. He takes one step and he’s three steps by you.”’

Lehner’s outburst sums up Sabres’ inability to string together wins

‘The third goal certainly wasn’t Lehner’s fault. Three Sabres, including an outplayed Jack Eichel, went behind their own net in attempt to retrieve a puck that, like so many, was passed by Zach Hyman to Auston Matthews in the slot. Insta-release, bar down, Leafs lead 3-2, and the rookie hops over injured Patrik Laine for the lead in rookie goals with his 22nd.’

Wednesday’s Toronto Coverage

Rielly injured in Leafs close win over Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Auston Matthews-Jack Eichel rivalry more marketable than other well-known battles (Toronto Sun)
Former Maple Leafs assistant coach Ron Smith had many talents (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs hope Morgan Rielly injury isn’t too serious (Toronto Sun)
Leafs beat Sabres but lose Rielly (Toronto Star)
Leafs-Sabres rivalry cranks up heat (Toronto Star)
Morgan Rielly and young Maple Leafs feel positive vibes (Toronto Star)
Leafs beat Sabres, but Rielly leaves game with injury (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could lend itself well to leadership (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Morgan Rielly leaves Maple Leafs game against Sabres with injury (CP)
Leafs lose D Rielly to injury (The Sports Xchange)
Leafs play through loss of Rielly to beat Sabres (TSN)
What a possible Morgan Rielly injury could mean for Maple Leafs (Sportsnet)
Lehner’s outburst sums up Sabres’ inability to string together wins (Sportsnet)
Maple Leafs’ rebuild outpacing that of rival Sabres (SI)
Five Takeaways – Leafs vs. Sabres – 01/17/17 (MapleLeafs.com)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)

Leafs’ keep rolling with win over Sabres; Rielly forced to exit with injury

‘”He should be upset with getting pulled and that’s part of Robin’s game, that emotion,” Bylsma said. “I have no problem with that.”‘

Leafs edge Sabres for third consecutive win

‘”We’ve just got to find a way to string a few (victories) together,” Okposo said. “It’s up and down: win one, lose one; win two, lose two — we’ve just got to find a way to use that speed and play a full 60 (minutes).”‘

Matthews, Leafs Overpower Sabres 4-3

‘The Leafs erupted with 3 goals in the first 9:45 of the 2nd period, prompting Dan Bylsma to replace Robin Lehner with Anders Nilsson in net. Leo Komarov was credited with Toronto’s first goal, Matt Martin tied it on a weak odd-angle shot and Auston Matthews put the Leafs ahead 1:17 later with his 22nd.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Maple Leafs

‘”It’s frustrating. . . sometimes you make mistakes. I think I’ve been pretty good this year at letting it go. I think there haven’t been many games this year where I’ve let in more than 3. I think one or two [games]. I didn’t want to get out, but it was coach’s decision.”‘

5 Observations: Maple Leafs top Sabres 4-3

‘We saw this against the Lightning last week, again against the Hurricanes and on Tuesday versus the Maple Leafs. I don’t have an explanation for why this keeps happening, but it needs to stop.’

Something special brewing between Sabres & Maple Leafs

‘I’m not going to say that Buffalo will become Toronto’s biggest rival — that is and will always be Montreal — but these two teams just have so many stinking similarities.’

Maple Leafs score four in row to defeat Sabres

‘”Just the way we managed the game in the second period, I think the forwards need to do a better job of helping our defense get off the ice,” Sabres forward Jack Eichel said. “It was just a couple funny bounces and they get the lead back. We came out and played pretty well. We even had some good spurts in the second period where we put some good pressure on them, but obviously didn’t do enough to win.”‘

Sabres unable to hold early lead in loss to Leafs

‘The Sabres had succeeded in the first period similarly to how they won against Dallas on Monday, by capitalizing on mistakes and letting chances come to them. Such was the case on Kyle Okposo’s goal to open the scoring, when Carrier forced Maple Leafs goalie Frederick Andersen ito make an errant pass in the offensive zone that landed directly on Okposo’s stick.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Nichol, Oklobzija named to Rochester Amerks Hall of Fame (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks to induct Nichol, Oklobzija into Hall of Fame March 3 (Amerks.com)
Amerks end weekend with another win over Toronto (Amerks.com)

Tuesday’s Toronto Coverage

Game Day: Sabres at Maple Leafs (Toronto Sun)
Game day: Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto Star)
Young stars clash when Sabres visit Maple Leafs (AP)
Preview: Sabres at Maple Leafs (NHL.com)

Together again, Eichel and Reinhart excel for Sabres

‘“It’s nice to be back playing with him,” Eichel said in KeyBank Center. “We’re two people who want to be out there together. We know that if we get each other the puck and get open it’s going to come back.’

Mike Harrington: Attack mode should be Sabres’ preferred method

‘”We have to play a patient game, a responsible game to get the opportunities that I think will come,” Bylsma said. “You have to play defense against this group. You have to be aware which side of the puck you’re on and if you do so, you’ll get opportunities going back the other way.’