The Sabres Report - December 2, 2016

Wheatfield’s Adam Clendening patiently waiting for opportunity   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You always want to find a home and be able to play every night,” Clendening, who returned Thursday after sitting 11 straight games, said prior to the Rangers’ 4-3 loss to the Sabres inside KeyBank Center. “So it’s been fun but difficult.”’

Eichel dull for 50 minutes, but only needed 10 in home debut   

Batavia Daily News:

‘“In the third period, he showed it a couple of times, not just on his goals,” Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma said.’

Friday's New York Coverage

Jack Eichel punishes Rangers with two late goals in 4-3 loss to Sabres (New York Daily News)
Jimmy Vesey makes first visit to Buffalo after passing on Sabres to sign with Rangers (New York Daily News)
Rangers put forth another lackluster effort in loss to Sabres (New York Post)
Jimmy Vesey showing why Sabres right to be ‘pissed off’ (New York Post)
Rangers can’t protect lead in third, lose to Sabres, 4-3 (Newsday)
Rangers make defenseman Kevin Klein a healthy scratch (Newsday)
Photo gallery (Newsday)
Rangers Topped by Sabres in Buffalo (
Rangers at Sabres 12.1.16: Postgame Notes (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Eichel's 2 goals lead Sabres to 4-3 win over Rangers   


‘It was the Rangers’ first lost when leading after two periods. They were 14-0-0.’

Eichel leads Sabres over Rangers   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”Obviously, he’s a pretty special player,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “Being able to come back, you knew he was going to be able to jump into things.”‘

Sabres recall G Ullmark from AHL   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Ullmark is expected to serve as the backup to Anders Nilsson for Thursday night’s game against the visiting New York Rangers. Fellow goaltender Robin Lehner sustained a hip injury in Tuesday’s victory over the Ottawa Senators.’

Sabres beat Rangers 4-3 thanks to Eichel   


‘What Jack Eichel can do once, he can do twice to give Bufalo their second lead of the night. This time it is a goal as a result of a pass the youngster was trying to make to the front of the net, and it is goes off a skate in front. The sample size is so small right now, but man what a difference Eichel has made to this lineup. Everyone else is slotted in their correct positions as a result.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Rangers   


‘”We played a really good 2nd period and weren’t really rewarded for it. We got one goal, but they’re able to score twice right after. We just want to stick with the same effort, and we were able to do that. Hockey’s a generous game. We were able to pick up some interesting bounces and get a win and two points against a very good team. I think that’s what we need to do at home.”‘

5 Observations: Eichel, Sabres top Rangers 4-3   


‘Man, he’s good.’

Jack Eichel scores twice to give Sabres win

‘”It’s kind of hectic down there and [you] just try to find a soft spot and [Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh] makes a great play,” Eichel said. “I knew that Lundqvist got over, so I was trying to hit [Evander Kane] coming back through and luckily I got a nice bounce; kind of rewarding.”‘

Eichel scores twice in late win over Rangers

‘”It was great to be back here,” Eichel said. “This is one I was definitely looking forward to so it was great to be able to win and get a little come-from-behind victory in the third period. Being able to contribute, it makes it a whole lot sweeter.”‘

Sabres recall Ullmark

‘Ullmark (6’4″, 221 lbs., 7/31/1993) joins the team for his second recall of 2016-17 but has yet to appear in an NHL game this season. He played in 20 games for the Sabres during his first season in North America in 2015-16, posting a .913 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average. His 8-10-2 record in 2015-16 included wins in each of his last three NHL appearances.’

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Linus Ullmark to serve as backup in Buffalo Thursday (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks Ready To Face Division Rivals This Weekend (

The Sabres Report - December 1, 2016

Boston boys Eichel and Vesey meet for the first time in Buffalo   

Buffalo News:

‘“I mean, I’m not really sure why,” Eichel said when asked about the prospect of fans booing Vesey. “He was a free agent. It’s his own decision to make a decision where he wants to play. If any of us were in his situation I’m sure a lot would go into a decision like that. Obviously would have loved to have him in Buffalo but he made a decision and obviously he’s happy with that one. Can’t blame a guy for that.”’

Nilsson always ready for the call to the net   

Buffalo News:

‘”He kind of gave me a little heads up a little bit before that he wasn’t feeling quite 100 percent. So I was ready,” Nilsson said after taking an optional skate in KeyBank Center Wednesday afternoon. “Obviously it’s not fun to see your friend and goalie partner go down but unfortunately that’s part of the game sometimes. As a backup you always have to be ready for stepping in.”‘