Benoit brings character to Sabres’ blue line

‘“We know each other from before, and it had a part to play in why he brought me here and wanted me to be a part of this,” Benoit said Sunday prior to the Sabres’ 1-0 loss in Washington that opened their preseason. “But even more, I’m really happy to be here and be part of a rebuild. It’s a good opportunity.’

Monday’s Washington Coverage

Capitals defeat Sabres, 1-0, in preseason opener (Washington Post)
Burakovsky lifts Caps, lone goal in preseason opener (CSN Washington)
Recap: Caps edge Sabres, 1-0 (WashingtonCaps.com)
Photo gallery (WashingtonCaps.com)

Capitals beat Sabres 1-0 in Trotz’s debut

‘Washington coach Barry Trotz won in his first game with the team. He mixed veterans — including Holtby and Alex Ovechkin — with prospects, while Buffalo’s Ted Nolan used a relatively inexperienced lineup.’

Washington 1, Buffalo 0

‘Nathan Lieuwen was able to stop the other 24 shots for the Sabres.’

Sabres start the preseason still struggling with goals

‘Buffalo was shutout by the Caps 1-0 as a couple of kids messed up the only goal. I’ll get to that later, but on 25 shots, the Sabres really didn’t make Pheonix Copley or Braden Holtby make too many tough saves.’

Capitals edge Sabres in preseason opener

‘Burakovsky’s goal came 13:14 into the game when he took a nice pass from Jason Chimera and ripped a shot past Sabres goalie Nathan Lieuwen (24 saves).’

Sabres begin building against Capitals

‘“The one thing we tried to address from Day One of camp was effort, the way we compete and the way we battle,” Nolan said. “That doesn’t take a skill set, it just takes a will. These guys battled hard. That was a good team we played tonight, so I was happy with the effort.”’

Sabres need time to iron out their crease

‘“We’re going to give them every opportunity to grab that No. 1 spot,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said in First Niagara Center.’

Zadorov is big, but his play may be too small

‘“He needs more time,” coach Ted Nolan said, “but is he too big for junior? Is he too strong for junior? Who knows? I think that’s what training camp is all about.”’

Buffalo Sabres’ Nikita Zadorov seeks consistency

‘“Now I know what’s going on here,” Ristolainen said. “I want to make the team.”’

Sabres’ Matt Moulson feels at home back in Buffalo

‘Buffalo, Moulson said, “is my home now.”‘

With Miller gone, the Sabres have a goaltender battle

‘Tim Murray has said that he likes big goaltenders and he’s not alone. Many around the NHL think you have to have a big body in net. Enroth is one of the smallest goalies in the NHL, but he doesn’t think it hurts him at all, “I’ve been feeling fine with my size my whole career and I think I can play on this level. I think it’s a little bit ignorant to say you only need big goalies because there are some not some great things too if you’re a big guy, so it’s give and take.”’

Kaleta cleared to play, ready to prove himself

‘“It was horrible. I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” Kaleta said. “It was probably the worst year of my professional career with everything that happened and then my injury.”’

Reinhart to make preseason debut Sunday

‘“Some of the veteran players will get the last two or three games and let them get their footing in. Early, we’ll see some guys who are really going to be battling for jobs,” Nolan said on Saturday. “We kind of put a ghost lineup [together] for all six games and as hockey goes, it’s all subject goes.”’

Reinhart finds his footing as Sabres open camp

‘“I felt comfortable out there, so it’s a good start,” Reinhart said in First Niagara Center. “My focus isn’t too far in the future. Getting adjusted to the pace and comfortable with the guys is my main focus right now.”’