The Sabres Report - October 23, 2014

Thursday's Los Angeles Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Sabres-Kings Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (1-6-0) at Los Angeles Kings (4-1-1) (The Sports Network)
Sabres try to end offensive woes vs. Kings (NHL.com)
Kings look to pounce on struggling Sabres (LAKings.com)

Sabres find the net but wins remain elusive   

Buffalo News:

‘Corey Perry tripled the Sabres’ goal total all by himself. The Buffalo tormenter recorded a hat trick, including two goals in the final 2:43 to get the home crowd of 16,067 chanting his name. Perry has 10 goals in 11 games against the Sabres.’

Myers stays focused on team goals   

Buffalo News:

‘He still hopes to be part of the turnaround, but the 24-year-old’s early resurgence has made him a popular man. The big names in hockey news, TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, consistently link Myers to the Detroit Red Wings. They say if Buffalo lowers its asking price, which reportedly includes University of Michigan center Dylan Larkin, Myers could be on the move.’

McDavid show gets rave reviews downtown   

Buffalo News:

‘He finished with a goal and three assists. The likely No. 1 pick in next summer’s NHL draft has been called a generational player. With a strong possibility of McDavid landing in Buffalo in the draft, fans came out to see the young superstar and he didn’t disappoint.’

A slice of heaven in No. 97   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘”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   

Olean Times Herald:

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

McDavid, Otters shine on NHL stage   

Erie Times News:

‘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   

Erie Times News:

‘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   

SabreSpace.com:

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   

AP:

‘”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   

CP:

‘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   

The Sports Network:

‘”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 Sports Xchange:

‘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   

WGR-AM:

‘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   

WGR-AM:

‘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.’