A slice of heaven in No. 97

‘”I came out to see Connor McDavid, nothing else,” said Todd Kopcinski, 37, of Buffalo who wore a Rochester Americans jersey because he’s sworn off supporting the parent club until things improve. “The Sabres really need someone like him.”’

Phenom Connor McDavid dazzles Buffalo fans in Otters win

‘The scintillating performance will only increase the fawning over the phenom.’

McDavid, Otters shine on NHL stage

‘That top line combined for three goals and seven assists, with DeBrincat scoring his league-best 12th and 13th goals of the season and Betz adding three assists. Kurtis MacDermid scored his first two goals of the season from defense.’

McDavid is clear No. 1 in 2015 NHL draft

‘After watching him so far this season (eight goals, 17 assists and 25 points in his first nine games), OHL clubs wish he had moved on to the NHL this season, because it has been unfair to unleash a bigger, stronger and faster McDavid on this league.’

Thursday’s Anaheim Coverage

With Andersen controlling the net, Ducks win again (Orange County Register)
Etem’s goal — more goals, more success (Orange County Register)
Photo gallery (Orange County Register)
Corey Perry’s hat trick lifts Ducks over Sabres, 4-1 (Los Angeles Times)
What we learned from the Ducks’ 4-1 victory over the Sabres (Los Angeles Times)
Anaheim Ducks win with Corey Perry’s scoring, Frederik Andersen’s goaltending (Torrance Daily Breeze)
Perry goes off for three more as Ducks’ strong start continues (Fox Sports West)
Perry’s Hat Trick Leads Ducks to Sixth Straight Victory, 4-1 over Buffalo (AnaheimDucks.com)
Postgame Notes and Quotes: October 22 vs. Buffalo (AnaheimDucks.com)
Photo gallery (AnaheimDucks.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Perry has hat trick, Ducks beat Sabres 4-1

‘”Any time you go to the opposition’s rink and their goaltender is one of the stars, you know you played well,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “We had our chances, we just didn’t bury them. And we didn’t bury them for a reason. Their goaltender made some good saves.”‘

Sabres fans rooting for losing are already coveting Connor McDavid

‘It goes beyond social media. Some fans have already had “McDavid 97″ Sabres jerseys made up and wear them to games that he’s not even eligible to play in.’

Anaheim 4, Buffalo 1

‘”I think if Buffalo hadn’t gone so long without scoring, squeezing the stick, they probably would have put a couple in early,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “(Andersen) really saved our bacon tonight.”‘

Perry hat trick leads Ducks past Sabres

‘The Ducks’ top players dominated the game as center Ryan Getzlaf assisted on two of Perry’s three goals. Perry added a third goal into the empty net for his eighth tally of the season. The duo leads the Ducks in points with 10 apiece and Perry’s second hat trick of the season moved him into a tie with the Rangers’ Rick Nash for the league lead in goals.’

Perry’s Hat Trick Leads Ducks to 4-1 Win

‘Buffalo had several opportunities to get on the board early in the final period, but couldn’t solve Andersen. The Anaheim netminder came up big during a Sabres power play, and then again with a pad save on Chris Stewart moments later. Marcus Foligno swiped the puck in the Ducks zone and fed it to Stewart, who couldn’t stuff it past Andersen’s right pad. Andersen finished with 22 saves while Neuvirth stopped 30 shots in the loss.’

Sabres skate well, but have trouble converting chances

‘The bottom line is this, I think that was Buffalo’s best effort and best game all season. The problem is you have to get results when you do what your coach asked you to do.’

McDavid puts on a show at First Niagara Center

‘You can’t help but think: “THAT is the kid whose existence is causing NHL teams to rearrange their next 15 years of planning?” In your mind, you picture him looking like a blonde Zdeno Chara, towering over midget 16-year-olds running for their lives when he steps on the ice. THAT kid doesn’t look like a Canadian Ivan Drago. He looks like a character on Boy Meets World.’

The curious case of Ted Nolan

‘We talked about Nolan on yesterday’s show and got a call from a fan that I think represented a common view: It warms the heart that Nolan was brought back, he said, and he looks forward to the day when he gets to coach a good Sabres team. I don’t think it’s coming.’

Andersen, Perry lead Ducks to sixth straight win

‘”We came out hard,” Ennis said. “We matched them physically. We were hitting. That’s a big strong team. We didn’t back down. We played hard. We were [down] 2-1 with three minutes to go on the road against that team. I think there’s a lot of positives to take out of it. It was a lot better game than the last one.”‘

Sabres come within striking distance but Ducks pull away with ‘W’

‘Buffalo has also had trouble with their shot differential. Buffalo managed 53 shot attempts at the net to Anaheim’s 69. Shots on goal favored the Ducks 34-23 but the Sabres had a few prime opportunities.’