The Sabres Report - December 4, 2016

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres   


‘”First two periods, we had a tough time generating some offensive chances,” Sabres defenseman Cody Franson said. “They kind of just stayed on top.”‘

Bruins beat Sabres, run streak to 3-0-1   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”I liked our first five minutes of the game, and then it dropped off,” Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We struggled getting out of the defensive (zone), turned the puck over there and gave them momentum, gave them opportunities.”‘

Sabres fall to Boston 2-1   


‘Kane’s goal has really energized the Sabres. They have had two or three scoring chances to try and get the game tying goal without avail.’

Guhle nothing short of impressive in his debut   


‘Guhle finished the afternoon with four shots on goal, two blocked shots, and a plus-1 rating in 16:20 of total ice time. In the first two periods, Guhle played strong in the defensive end with some good physical play and not allowing the Bruins to get good quality scoring chances. His play shifted more towards the offensive end of the ice in the third period when he joined a few rushes looking to get the Sabres on the scoreboard.’

From the Locker Room: Sabres-Bruins   


‘”The one thing we keep urging Evander to do is shoot the puck. I think he hasn’t shot the puck this year the way he normally does. He’s had opportunities too. He’s started to get more of those opportunities to shoot the puck. Good to see him get that goal for us.”‘

5 Observations: Sabres fall to Bruins 2-1   


‘If you’re a fan of slow-paced and boring hockey than you loved the beginning of Saturday’s matinee between the Sabres and Bruins. Neither team was able to generate consistent scoring chances and don’t even get me started on the sloppy passing.’

Comeback effort falls short in loss to Boston

‘The 18 shot third-period was a far cry from the three shots they put on net in the first, all of which came in the first 4:44 of play. Boston took the lead with 5:50 remaining in that period when David Krejci tipped a point shot from defenseman Brandon Carlo in past Lehner off the crossbar. Krejci was one of four bodies screening goalie Robin Lehner in front of the net, including two Sabres.’

Sunday's Rochester Coverage

Syracuse Crunch shuts out Amerks, 4-0 (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
High marks in chemistry earn milestone win for goalie and first-place Syracuse Crunch (Syracuse Post Standard)
Amerks Get Shutout In Syracuse (
Adam Wilcox earns first professional shutout in 4-0 win over Amerks (

The Sabres Report - December 3, 2016

Bruins will again test Sabres' struggling PK units   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres have given up a power-play goal in six of their last eight games and have fallen to 29th in the NHL at 76.6 percent. They killed off their first 18 penalties at home this season, but opponents have gone 5 for their last 10 in KeyBank Center.’

Eichel's next task: Extend Sabres' winning streak   

Buffalo News:

‘”As a group we know where we can get to if we have a bit of a charge,” Eichel said after Friday’s practice in HarborCenter. “We’ve talked to each other and as a team about it. These are the times where you need to rattle off a few wins in a row and put yourself in the picture. This is what good teams do.’

Sabres recall Guhle on emergency basis   

Buffalo News:

‘Guhle was a surprising snub for Team Canada’s entry to the upcoming World Junior Championships. He nearly made the Sabres out of training camp last season before being sidelined with a concussion suffered on a hit by Dion Phaneuf during an exhibition game in Toronto. He was again impressive in summer development camp and training camp but the Sabres opted to return him to junior.’

When it comes to TV, Amerks in sync with Sabres, Bills   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘MSG Networks have carried Sabres action since 2005 and had the highest local TV ratings of any NHL team in the United States last season.’

Sabres having fun, thinking playoffs again with Jack Eichel back   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You felt that the next day,” Bylsma said Friday inside HarborCenter. “You felt that in (the) morning skate. Now you’re feeling it in the game, and that’s a big thing to have.”‘

Sabres recall top defense prospect Brendan Guhle from junior   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Guhle has five goals and seven points in 19 games this season split between the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders and Prince George Cougars. He played six AHL games with the Rochester Americans last season, his only pro experience.’

Saturday's Boston Coverage

Eichel leads energized Sabres vs. Bruins (AP)
Preview: Bruins at Sabres (
Need to Know: Bruins at Sabres (