The Sabres Report - January 17, 2017

Tuesday's Dallas Coverage

Frustration boils over for Jamie Benn in loss to Sabres, and a trio of his hockey sticks pay dearly for it (Dallas Morning News)
Stars end up on wrong side of coach’s challenge that caused big momentum shift vs. Buffalo (Dallas Morning News)
Heading in the wrong direction: Stars’ penalty kill now statistically NHL’s worst (Dallas Morning News)
Cold facts: After loss to Sabres, could Dallas Stars use McKenzie, Cracknell back in lineup? (Dallas Morning News)
Stars road woes continue in Buffalo (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Eichel scores twice in Sabres' 4-1 win over Stars   


‘The Sabres snapped a two-game losing streak and beat the Stars for the first time in four matchups.’

Eichel pots two as Sabres beat Stars   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”I was really happy not only to get our team going, but just for his sake,” said Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe. “He’s missed that many games and he’s a really big piece to our team. He brings so much to the table when he’s in our lineup so to see him get that goal for his confidence and our team confidence, you couldn’t script it any better.”‘

Sabres recall F O'Reilly   

The Sports Xchange:

‘O’Reilly, 30, joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season after playing four games with the team in November, averaging 10:55 of time on ice. The Toronto native is currently tied for second in the AHL with 26 assists and tied for ninth in the league with 34 points overall, including eight goals.’

Sabres beat down the Stars 4-1   


‘Jack Eichel finished the day with a career-high 10 shots on goal.’

From the locker room: Sabres-Stars   


‘”It seemed like I had a lot of chances in the first [period], and I told myself that if I came out here and shot the puck a lot I think I’d get one. In the past few games I’ve been trying to be too cute on opportunities that I can fire it. You’re not going to score unless you shoot it. I got rewarded with an empty-netter which was nice, and a tap in on a great play from [Sam Reinhart].”‘

5 Observations: Ennis, Sabres top Stars 4-1   


‘It took Tyler Ennis 19 seconds to have his presence felt.’

Tyler Ennis sparks Sabres to win against Stars

‘”I told myself if I came out here and shot the puck a lot I think I’d get one,” Eichel said. “I think in the past few games I was just trying to [be] too cute and [get] opportunities that I can fire it and you’re not going to score unless you shoot it. I get rewarded with an empty-netter, which is kind of nice, and a tap in on a great play from [Reinhart].”‘

Tyler Ennis nearly pulls off lacrosse move for Sabres

‘”I wish that went in. I had some room. Pretty frustrated, but maybe one day one of those will go in,” Ennis said. “I practice it all the time and it works. Sometimes in practices and warm-ups I’m always kind of flicking pucks around with my stick and having fun with it. I tried it another time against Florida and Luongo stopped it so, third time’s the charm, hopefully.”‘

Eichel, Ennis power Sabres to win over Stars

‘”Obviously I think he’s taken that next step just with his confidence playing with the puck,” Eichel said. “He’s been a lot more physical I think, not as much without the puck but with it, just making it harder on the opposing team to take it away from him. He makes a great play on that goal and he’s able to just push it over to me for an empty net.”‘

The Sabres Report - January 16, 2017

Lehner says Sabres need to do their job   

Buffalo News:

‘“The frustrating part is there’s so many positive things in our games, but then we kind of shoot ourselves in the foot,” Lehner said. “We have a couple good games, then we get away from it. Taking a step forward and two steps back, we’ve got to find an answer.”’

Sabres Notebook: Ennis with O'Reilly; back-to-backs   

Buffalo News:

‘“Being alongside them, using his speed and his playmaking ability could be a nice fit,” Bylsma said in KeyBank Center. “Jack is one of the leaders in the league at having the puck on his stick. Tyler is also a guy who likes to have the puck on his stick. If that was the case, then they’d have to have their sticks really close together.’

Sabres know they must develop consistency   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’ve just got to be a confident player,” said Ennis, who has one goal this season and has missed 30 games. “I think I’m at my best when I have the puck and I’m making plays and I’m confident in myself. I might have to do certain things, but I can make a mistake or two when I’m doing that but I’m also making more good plays and being creative and being confident.”‘

Monday's Dallas Coverage

Stars-Sabres: Time for Stars’ superstars to step up? (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas Stars try to shrug off tough loss, win on road in noon game Monday (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Sputtering Sabres look to rebound vs. Stars (AP)
Preview: Stars at Sabres (
Stars-Sabres Preview (

Sabres' Lehner feeling much better   


‘Lehner was weaken by his illness, but said he’s back to normal now, “I feel good, there was a flu going around and I didn’t want to bring it into the room, so I stayed home. I’m back, it’s all good, you have a couple of good days off there, you get your fluids back.”’