The Sabres Report - October 20, 2016

Miller likely won't play against Sabres   


‘Wednesday Miller told reporters that he will backup Jacob Markstrom duringThursday’s game against the Sabres, after feeling some tightness the last few days. “It’s not an injury,” Miller started. “It’s more of a muscle that didn’t want to settle down.”’

Three games in, Sabres are excelling on special teams

‘Through three games, Buffalo is a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill (one of three perfect teams remaining along with Florida and Minnesota), while their 25-percent conversion rate on the power-play (4-for-16) ranks eighth in the League.’

Thursday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks Announce Roster Moves (

The Sabres Report - October 19, 2016

Sabres filled with frustration after Flames burn them in OT   

Buffalo News:

‘Of course, the Sabres felt Monahan shouldn’t have even been on the ice at that point. A few seconds before the goal, he got the puck away from Sam Reinhart by drilling the Buffalo winger from behind into the end boards. Referee Brad Meier simply stood and watched.’

Flames Johnson on meeting Sabres: 'This is going to be fun'   

Buffalo News:

‘Now wearing a Calgary sweatsuit, there were hugs, handshakes and high-fives all around as the Sabres noticed their former goaltender serving as their greeter. Buffalo goaltending coach Andrew Allen stopped for several minutes as Johnson chatted with each player who walked by.’

Quick Hits: Flames 4, Sabres 3 (OT)   

Buffalo News:

‘The home team has won 17 of the last 19 meetings in the series.’

Grant seizes opporutnity with Sabres

‘”It’s always exciting and always fun to play against some of your friends and beat them all over the ice,” he said.’

Wednesday's Calgary Coverage

Flames notch first win of season, downing Sabres 4-3 (Calgary Herald)
Photo gallery (Calgary Herald)
Rookie Matthew Tkachuk contributes to Flames win with highlight-reel goal, timely hits (Calgary Sun)
Monahan’s overtime tally gives Flames win over Sabres (
Johnson’s Saddledome debut one to remember (
Grant seizes opporutnity with Sabres (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Monahan has overtime winner for Flames as Calgary earns first win of season   


‘”I don’t think there’s many positives to take at all,” said O’Reilly. “Our compete level, our execution was just embarrassing. That’s not the way we want to be. We want to be a consistent team. We have to be a lot better.”‘

Monahan's OT goal lifts Flames past Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”We’ve got to play better,” Lehner said. “We got away from our game plan a little bit. To be fair, Calgary kept going. I think we gave them a little bit too much.”‘

Flames Prevail Over Sabres 4-3 in OT   


‘Chad Johnson, playing against his former team for the first time, allowed 2 goals on 8 shots to start the game. Johnson finished with 18 saves. Robin Lehner made 30 saves on 34 shots.’

From the Locker Room: Sabres-Flames   


‘”Has to be a call there. [Monahan] hits [Reinhart] from behind. It’s fairly clear. We get judged day by day, I think it was a terrible ref performance today. Terrible. Absolutely terrible.”‘

5 Observations: Sabres fall 4-3 in OT to Flames   


‘As overtime was drawing to an end Sabres forward Sam Reinhart had the puck behind Buffalo’s net. After maintaining possession for a few seconds, he was plastered into the boards, losing possession of the puck. Ten seconds later, Flames forward Sean Monahan found the back of the net on a perfect pass from Johnny Gaudreau, securing the win for Calgary. After the game Sabres goalie Robin Lehner told reporters that a penalty absolutely should have been called on the Reinhart hit.’

Flames defeat Sabres in overtime

‘”I don’t think there’s many positives to take at all,” O’Reilly said. “Our compete level, our execution, was just embarrassing. That’s not the way we want to be. We want to be a consistent team. We have to be a lot better.”‘

Sabres fall to Flames in OT

‘”It’s definitely the feeling in this room is we expect to win every night,” said Marcus Foligno, who scored in the third period. “Tonight’s a frustrating game. We have two leads and to blow them or just to give them up, it’s tough. It’s the way the game goes but it’s the mentality of this dressing room that we always have to keep pushing.”‘