Thousands turn out for the much awaited Kraft Hockeyville USA game

‘”I grew up a Sabres fan,” Donohue said. “I don’t remember going to any other hockey game ever other than the Sabres in the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in the orange section, which is so steep, the [head of the person sitting in front of you] is by your feet.”‘

Kraft Hockeyville USA: more than just a game for Marquette community

‘”This game is unbelievable,” said Brad Donohue, a Buffalo native, and Sabres fan who now resides in Marquette. “The community of Marquette has been a “Hockeytown” since I got here in 1987, and what great support it’s given to this Kraft Hockeyville title… and the Sabres are here so I couldn’t ask for any better, right?”‘

Sabres putting performance to forget out of their minds

‘The Sabres were in a 4-1 hole after one period and 7-1 deficit after two. It’s just preseason, but it was in stark contrast to Buffalo’s first three exhibitions. The team had limited opponents’ quality chances, but the Maple Leafs had to feel like they won the lottery with the majority of their 40 shots on goaltenders Jason Kasdorf and John Muse.’

Justin Falk, Casey Nelson battling for Sabres’ last defense spot

‘“He looks like kind of a commanding guy back on the blue line,” Bylsma said Friday morning. “He’s shown he can defend well with his skating and his presence, also kind of a quarterback, kind of a puck-moving guy that controls the play.’

Saturday’s Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs beat Sabres by a touchdown in exhibition play (Toronto Sun)
Leafs thump Sabres in NHL pre-season test (Toronto Star)
Key Takeaways: Leafs Vs. Sabres – 9/30/2016 (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Sabres GM: Ristolainen’s return unlikely to sway talks

‘Though Murray said the two sides are still negotiating, he wouldn’t say whether progress is being made with the restricted free agent two weeks before the Sabres open the regular season.’

Sabres Disappointed In Effort After Loss To Leafs

‘”They outplayed us,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “They were on top of us all night. We didn’t have good reads. We weren’t good with the puck. We lost battles. Pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong tonight.”‘

Friday’s Toronto Coverage

Nylander happy to have Martin around in Leafs’ pre-season loss to Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Goalies steal show as Leafs drop pre-season tilt to Sabres (Toronto Star)
Sabres outlast Maple Leafs (Saint Catharines Standard)
Moulson scores shootout winner; Sabres top Leafs, 1-0, in pre-season play (Waterloo Region Record)
Nylander brothers face off for first time (TSN)
Nylander brothers share tender post-game moment (Sportsnet)

Moulson scores shootout winner, Sabres top Leafs 1-0 in pre-season play

‘Nilsson stopped 23 shots in regulation and overtime plus all four Toronto shooters. Meanwhile, Toronto goalies Garret Sparks and Kasimir Kaskisuo combined to stop all 38 Buffalo shots in regulation and overtime. Kaskisuo had stopped the first three Buffalo shooters before Moulson’s winner.’

Michigan town gets to be Hockeyville USA for day

‘”Our community is limited in size and population,” he said. “Costs of these kind of things have gone up, so the budget has gotten more and more challenging even just to keep the place going. Lakeview Arena is 43 years old. When I first came to town, it was a pretty new facility, and you sort of don’t realize over the years what happens, but the reality is it was deteriorating badly. The roof leaked. The boards were worn. The glass was beat up; you couldn’t see through it. The compressors were shot. The dehumidification system couldn’t keep the ice hard. So that’s how we are spending the money.”‘

Wednesday’s Ottawa Coverage

Brassard, Hammond standouts as Senators fall in Buffalo (Ottawa Sun)
“A mistake too overtime” (Le Droit)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Buffalo Sabres 2016-17 NHL season preview

‘A big key to that will be Lehner’s health, which has been a constant source of concern since he entered the NHL in 2010. He has yet to appear in more than 36 games in a season.’

Tuesday’s Minnesota Coverage

Wild defeats Sabres 2-1 in exhibition (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minnesota Wild win preseason opener on Jason Zucker’s goal (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Wild defeat Sabres in preseason opener (
Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 2, Sabres 1 (

NHL hits the Happy Valley ice

‘When the Sabres scored their lone goal in the first period, the student section began their traditional taunting of Minnesota goalie Alex Stalock. And like other standard nights in the arena, the student section gave its “Hockey Valley!” and “We are …” chants. “Those types of things don’t happen in the NHL,” said Michael Cross, Penn State’s assistant athletic director for new business development, who played a major role in landing the game. “You don’t get those types of cheers. I’m really happy to see that.”’

Penn State prepares to host its 1st NHL game at Pegula

‘Tickets are still available and prices have ranged from $25 for students up to $175 for the general public, according to Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.’