Sabres goalie Connor Knapp on first NHL start: ‘Quite a moment in my life’

‘“It’s crazy,” the 23-year-old told a throng of cameras and reporters after making 22 saves in the Sabres’ season finale Sunday. “I grew up watching Dominik Hasek play here. I used to watch Ryan Miller and Marty Biron practice with the Amerks and then play with Buffalo. It’s surreal, to be honest. Quite a moment in my life.”’

Monday’s New York Coverage

Islanders beat Sabres, end season with three straight victories (Newsday)
Photo gallery (Newsday)
Islanders top Sabres in season-ending shootout (NewYorkIslanders.com)
The Skinny: Islanders 4, Sabres 3 (SO) (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Photo gallery (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Nelson seals Isles 4-3 SO win over Sabres

‘Anders Nilsson stopped 36 shots through overtime and all three he faced in the shootout. Nilsson clinched the victory by using his glove to sweep away a puck that got away from Ville Leino as he drove to the net.’

NY Islanders 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)

‘Jamie McBain, Torrey Mitchell and Matt Ellis scored for the Sabres (21-51-10), who lost their last seven games of the season to finish dead last in the NHL. Knapp stopped 22 shots in his first NHL start.’

Isles top Sabres on Nelson’s shootout goal

‘Defenseman Jamie McBain, left winger Matt Ellis and center Torrey Mitchell scored for the Sabres, who gave up a 2-0 lead. Knapp made 22 saves.’

Sabres’ Season Ends With 4-3 SO Loss to Islanders

‘Brock Nelson tied the score for the Islanders in the final period and recorded the lone goal in the shootout, beating Connor Knapp with a wristshot. Ville Leino had a chance to extend the shootout for Buffalo, but was denied by Anders Nilsson. Despite the crowd urging him, Leino was also held without a goal during regluation and overtime and finishes with zero for the season.’

Sabres Knapp gets his first NHL start

‘I think the Sabres as an organization have to be happy with what they saw out of Knapp. As he said in Boston on Saturday, he still has to prove he can play regularly in the AHL, but I think his performance keeps him around in the organization for next year.’

Islanders top Sabres in season-ending shootout

‘The Sabres finished with 150 non-shootout goals in 82 games, setting a post-expansion era record for fewest goals scored in a season. Buffalo ended the season with a 21-51-10 record and a League-low 52 points.’

Sabres fall in shootout to wrap up season

‘“He was OK, actually he was better than OK for the situation that we put him into,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “…I think this will be a real good lesson for him to take in the summertime going forward with his career and how close he is or how far he is from playing at this level on a consistent basis.”’

Sabres Recall Trio From Rochester

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Mark Pysyk, forward Nicolas Deslauriers and goaltender Andrey Makarov from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis.’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks beaten in shootout (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Lake Erie Monsters top Rochester Americans in shootout (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Amerks gain valuable point in 2-1 shootout loss to Lake Eriet (Amerks.com)
Monsters Edge Rochester in Shootout 2-1 (LakeErieMonsters.com)
Photo gallery (LakeErieMonsters.com)

Sunday’s New York Coverage

Islanders-Sabres Preview (AP)
New York Islanders (33-37-11) at Buffalo Sabres (21-51-9) (The Sports Network)
Sabres, Islanders try to end on positive note (NHL.com)
Game Preview: Islanders at Sabres (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Sabres lose five players and game; Hackett carried off on stretcher

‘While Hackett’s injury was the most serious, it was far from the only one. Four other Sabres left the penultimate game – defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (concussion) and forwards Chris Stewart (ankle), Brian Flynn (lower body) and Matt D’Agostini (lower body). None will be available for today’s season finale against the New York Islanders in First Niagara Center.’

Scott’s history brings more misconducts

‘“Some guys are labeled for certain things, and they want to get that out of the game,” Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said in TD Garden. “I understand that, but sometimes he’s picked on unfairly.”’

Season filled with turmoil about to end for reeling Sabres

‘Eleven players are injured right now. Four goalies have gone down in the last 16 games.’