The Sabres Report - February 7, 2016

Quick Hits: Bruins 2, Sabres 1 (OT)   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres have now earned points in a franchise-record eight straight road games against divisional opponents, going 6-0-2. They had four straight divisional road wins, a first since 2011, and were gunning for their first five-gamer on the road in division play since 2008.’

Sunday's Boston Coverage

Brad Marchand buries penalty shot in overtime for winner (Boston Globe)
Despite solid win, Bruins aren’t close to being finished product (Boston Globe)
Bruins’ power-play unit keeps on plugging away (Boston Globe)
Photo gallery (Boston Globe)
Bruins punish Sabres in OT (Boston Herald)
Bruins ceiling their fate (Boston Herald)
Milan Lucic’s loss still felt (Boston Herald)
Morrow aims for level best (Boston Herald)
Photo gallery (Boston Herald)
Marchand’s goal on penalty shot lifts Bruins over Sabres in OT (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Patrice Bergeron a test for new Sabres standout Ryan O’Reilly (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Brad Marchand’s Overtime Penalty-Shot Goal Thrills Bruins, Angers Sabres (NESN)
Boston Scores On Overtime Penalty Shot To Take Down Sabres (NESN)
David Pastrnak Earns Claude Julien’s Trust In Win Over Sabres (NESN)
Bruins beat Sabres behind Marchand’s OT penalty shot (CSN New England)
Focused Morrow looking to stick around in B’s lineup (CSN New England)
Eriksson snaps nine-game goal-scoring drought (CSN New England)
Bruins will happily take ugly win vs. Sabres (CSN New England)
Talking Points: Bruins ‘battle’ for OT win (CSN New England)
Marchand’s Overtime Heroics Lead Bruins to 2-1 Win over Sabres (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Marchand scores on penalty shot in OT, Bruins top Sabres 2-1   


‘”That’s just embarrassing,” he said. “I hope (the referee’s) embarrassed. I am embarrassed. It shouldn’t end like that. Disappointing thing is that I might get fined or whatever, but it’s just embarrassing.”‘

Marchand's OT penalty shot sends Bruins past Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”Marchand, he does what he does, you know?” said Lehner, who made 36 saves. “It wasn’t even a penalty. (The referee) calls a penalty after a game like that, it’s just — honestly, I’m an honest guy and I thought that was — I mean like both of those refs are good refs, don’t get me wrong, but that was, oh, my God, I don’t know what to say, man.’

Marchand scores on penalty shot, beats Sabres in OT   


‘Dan Catenacci had two shots, three hits, and a takeaway in 7:42 of total ice-time in his 1st NHL game.’

Sabres-Bruins - From the Locker Room   


‘”Honestly, I’m not disappointed with the loss right now. If I say something now, I’m going to be getting ****, that’s what’s disappointing. We have McGinn going down, he’s three yards ahead of where Marchand was and he was clipped. He didn’t get anything. Marchand, he what he does. It wasn’t even a penalty. He calls a penalty shot after a game like that it’s just… Honestly, I’m a nice guy, and both of those guys are good refs, but that was, oh my God I don’t know what to say even. It’s embarrassing. [The game] shouldn’t end like that. I might get fined or whatever, but it’s embarrassing.”‘

What the numbers say about re-signing Jamie McGinn   


‘There are very few players who will hit the market this off-season that have played the same role as McGinn, even if there are quite a few who have produced at a similar level offensively and defensively. If the Sabres roll the dice with another player instead of McGinn, could they plug him into O’Reilly’s line and receive the same production or would there be a significant drop off? It is hard to say when the others haven’t played top minutes. There’s insurance in The Devil You Know.’

Bruins top Sabres on penalty shot

‘”We’re talking about a sequence of events of Jamie McGinn having, it’s not even a similar play, it’s a guy leaving his feet, taking him down on a breakaway,” Bylsma said. “I think there’s some interference on Zach Bogosian that allows Torey Krug to have a breakaway [in overtime]. And there’s no separation on the last play. Rasmus is right there with him, and the judgment of the referee awards a penalty shot, and I’m not sure I see it the same way.”‘

Sabres fall to Bruins on penalty shot in overtime

‘”It was a hell of a game. It was supposed to go to a shootout – it was going to go to a real shootout,” Lehner said. “It’s just inconsistent. In a game like that, you don’t call it and that’s what he did when there was just a few minutes left.’

Sunday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks shut out Binghamton (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
D’Amigo, Bailey lead Rochester past B-Sens (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)
Bailey, Lieuwen lead Amerks to 4-0 win over Binghamton (
B-Sens Blanked 4-0 By Amerks (

The Sabres Report - February 6, 2016

O’Reilly takes himself to the woodshed as scoring slump continues   

Buffalo News:

‘“I’ve been very frustrated with myself the last few games,” O’Reilly said after preparing for Saturday’s game in Boston. “The last handful of them, I don’t think I’ve been anywhere near where I want to be. I’ve been terrible in my own end. I haven’t been creating as much offense. I don’t know if it was just maybe lucky early on in the season, but I think I have a lot to learn going forward.’

Ennis slowly works toward his return   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s moderated,” coach Dan Bylsma said. “His heart rate is restricted. He’s gone through some progressions of exercise. He progressed to skating.’

Robin Lehner becoming No. 1 goalie Sabres wanted   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He’s a big man,” Weber said. “He plays big. He plays a little angry. It’s nice and refreshing as a D-man to have a guy like that. It’s newer for me to have a guy back there that’s that involved vocally and physically in the game.”‘

Sabres recall Dan Catenacci from Amerks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Catenacci has often been one of the Sabres’ overlooked prospects. He has seven goals and 16 points in 36 games for the Amerks, including two goals and seven points in the last seven contests. Catenacci’s in his third AHL season.’

Saturday's Boston Coverage

Sabres-Bruins Preview (AP)
Bruins go for sweep against Sabres (