The Sabres Report - November 19, 2015

Thursday's Rochester Coverage

Makarov’s stellar play for Amerks goes unrewarded (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Brendan Leipsic’s overtime goal powers Marlies past Americans 1-0 (CP)
Makarov shines in 1-0 overtime loss to Toronto (
Marlies Edge Out Americans 1-0 in Overtime (

The Sabres Report - November 18, 2015

Sabres fall as Ennis crosses the line for second time in a week   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s easy to see when it’s in slow motion and you’ve got the replay,” Ennis said, “but I’ve got to stay onside. That’s the bottom line. … Offsides has been around for a long time. I’ve got to get to know that rule a little better.”’

Marked by Buffalo, Ruff aims for the Stars   

Buffalo News:

‘“I don’t even need to say anything about this city,” Ruff said. “Just great people. It was a great place to play and an even better place to coach. And it’s still a great place to live. Wherever the future lies, it lies, but when you spend 30 years in one city, you’ve always got a soft spot for it.”’

Kane skates with team, anxious to get back   

Buffalo News:

‘“I feel like I could play today but they’re being cautious and I have to listen to them so hopefully we’ll be back on that trip,” Kane said Tuesday morning. The trip he’s referring to includes Sabres road games at St. Louis on Thursday and at Dallas on Saturday. He said he will make the trip with the team and is hopeful to return to the lineup.”‘

Quick hits: Stars 3, Sabres 1   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres also aren’t scoring at home. Buffalo has scored once in three of the last four home games.’

Late overturned goal costs Sabres in loss to Stars   

Olean Times Herald:

‘For the third time in 19 games this season, an offside call reversed a Sabres goal. For the second time, it negated a late two-goal comeback at home. An Evander Kane goal was wiped out opening night.’

Lindy Ruff returns to Buffalo with elite Stars team   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think our setup is very similar, where we’re pretty deep when it comes to scoring, probably three, four lines deep,” Ruff said about the two teams. “A lot of times you go on the road and the other teams are doing a pretty good job against your top line limiting opportunities, but our secondary scoring has been able to push through and help us win games.’

Sabres lose challenge, game 3-1 to Stars   

Batavia Daily News:

‘“It hurts not to score the goal,” Bylsma added. “But it’s the right call. I like the fact that we’re getting it right even though it’s disappointing and it’s hurt us three times.”’

Wednesday's Dallas Coverage

Savvy coach’s challenge from Lindy Ruff helps preserve Stars’ win over Buffalo (Dallas Morning News)
Return to Buffalo doesn’t have same intensity as it once did for Stars coach Lindy Ruff (Dallas Morning News)
Travis Moen healthy and nearing return for the Stars (Dallas Morning News)
Patrick Eaves returns to lineup for Stars after 15 game absence (Dallas Morning News)
Cold Facts: Stars off to franchise-best start with 3-1 win over Sabres (Dallas Morning News)
Coach’s challenge helps Stars hold off Sabres (
Photo gallery (
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Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Nichuskin, Niemi lead Stars past Sabres for 15th win   


‘”People were yelling offside right away on the entry,” Ruff said. “Our video guy, Kelly Forbes came back and said it’s offside so instantly, probably within 5 seconds.”‘

Stars focus on defense in win at Buffalo   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”I thought we played them tooth and nail the whole way,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said.’

Bylsma helps Sabres take a big step forward   


‘Bylsma can’t employ his strategy without talent, but it has been interesting to watch the new look Sabres develop under his watch. The biggest change has been the team’s defensive approach in the neutral zone. Forwards are more aggressive in their attacking of advancing puck carriers, harassing them into tough areas of the ice where they are forced to either dump the puck in, or risk turning the puck over entirely.’

Stars do just enough to down Buffalo 3-1   


‘The Stars catch a HUGE break as Tyler Ennis was offside on what would have been the tying goal. Ennis was in the air and across the line before the puck crossed the blue line.’

Sabres-Stars: From the Locker Room   


‘”It clearly was offsides, so you gotta look at that and kind of regroup and refocus. We still had quite a bit of time on the power play, so that made it a little bit easier to kind of go back and try and get the momentum a little bit.”‘

Lindy Ruff and the game that changed everything   


‘When he walked into the arena – Marine Midland? No. HSBC? No. First Niagara Center? Yes. – he had to rub his eyes to double check this was the same downtown Buffalo as he remembered. The city’s investment in CanalSide, the HarborCenter, a modern-ass sports bar and a Timmy Ho’s felt like going to your high school reunion to find out someone you used to be friends with turned into a millionaire.’