The Sabres Report - February 17, 2017

Quick Hits: Sabres 2, Avalanche 0   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres held off the Colorado Avalanche, 2-0, before 18,335 in KeyBank to win two games in a row for the first time this month. Sam Reinhart’s power-play goal in the first minute of the second gave Buffalo the only offense it would need and Robin Lehner made it stand up for his second shutout of the season.’

Inside the Sabres: Reliving the Senators brawl, 10 years later   

Buffalo News:

‘It’s been 10 years since Buffalo and Ottawa dropped the gloves downtown, but the game on Feb. 22, 2007, is fresh in the minds of those who took part.’

Sabres buckle down, beat Avalanche   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It got a little scary,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “I think we had a good run of possession. We had a post here, a bounce there that didn’t go our way. After the first period, we’re talking about staying with it, staying with it, (the) game plan.”’

Sabres notes: Avalanche NHL’s worst   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Avalanche had 82 points last season and didn’t lose any of its best players. This season, the once-proud franchise has become a tomato can.’

Lehner shuts out Avs, Sabres win 2-0   

Batavia Daily News:

‘In the third period, Buffalo played a more defensive game, allowing Colorado to notch a game-high 12 shots. Despite that, Kane notched his insurance goal for Buffalo with five minutes remaining when he cut to the front of goal and beat Pickard five-hole on the rush as Buffalo took the 2-0 win.’

Ryan O’Reilly on facing his former Avalanche teammates   

Denver Post:

‘“Coming in here, I got a fantastic contract that helped, but I think it’s a great city to play in,” O’Reilly said. “It’s a great hockey town. It’s a good group of guys in here. I think I’m seen a little bit more as a leader and a go-to guy, which at Colorado I might not have been.”’

Friday's Colorado Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

An army of NHL scouts attends Avalanche’s loss at Buffalo (Denver Post)
Ryan O’Reilly on facing his former Avalanche teammates (Denver Post)
Avalanche fall 2-0 in Buffalo for fifth consecutive loss (BSN Denver)
Penalties Kill Colorado’s Momentum (ColoradoAvalanche.com)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Reinhart, Kane score; Lehner perfect as Sabres beat Avs 2-0   

AP:

‘”That was our best game in a while at limiting their time in the offensive zone, breaking the puck out as quick as possible, and keeping it down there,” Reinhart said.’

Sabres pull out shutout win over Avalanche   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Kane’s goal was his fifth in his past five games and came on a spectacular one-man effort. The power forward sped down the right wing before cutting inside, skating past two Colorado players in the process. Kane ripped a hard wrist shot between Calvin Pickard’s legs for his 19th goal of the season.’

Sabres shut out Colorado 2-0   

WGR-AM:

‘There has not been a whole heck of a lot to cheer about this period, or this game for that matter. Evander Kane may just have put this one out of reach by doing it all by himself in the offensive zone. 2-0 BUF.’

From the Locker Room: Sabres-Avalanche   

WGR-AM:

‘”They came out hard the first minute, minute and a half…didn’t have much for the rest of the period. Then we took over. We made a big push in the 2nd, even in the 3rd. We hit a couple of posts, missed a couple of open nets. We could have put it away earlier, I think it was bouncing in the wrong direction for us a little bit.”‘

5 Observations: Sabres shutout Avalanche 2-0   

WKBW-TV:

‘With the trade deadline less than two weeks away speculation about moving Kane will run rampant — but I don’t think the Sabres should send him anywhere. Kane is doing exactly what he was brought here to do — score goals.’

Potential assets for the Sabres as they approach trade deadline -- #4 Girgensons & Foligno   

WKBW-TV:

‘After last season Girgensons (and Foligno) signed one-year ‘prove it’ deals, and so far this season Girgensons hasn’t been much better than he was last year (71GP, 7G, 11A).’

Robin Lehner, Sabres shut out Avalanche   

NHL.com:

‘”I kind of started getting bored there in the second a little bit, but it was very nice to see,” Lehner said. “It’s nice to see we had three, four guys in the middle the whole second period. We were dumping pucks when we didn’t have anything, we did a whole lot of things right today. When we play better teams it’s obviously going to be a little different, but the same principles and that’s what we’ve got to do.”‘

Sabres screen 'Soul on Ice' for charity   

NHL.com:

‘”The impact that I hope the film has on everyone is that they get the knowledge of how the black hockey player started and that it tells everyone they can achieve any goal that they would like to if they work hard enough at it,” James said. “There will be tons of people around you to give you help if you work hard enough at it.”‘