The Sabres Report - April 10, 2016

To be in elite class, Sabres must beat the elite   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres’ 7-4-4 March was their best month in nearly three years but it featured wins over exactly no playoff teams. The vanquished were Toronto (twice), Carolina (twice), Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg.’

Sunday's New York Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Isles’ Makeshift Lineup Takes a Loss, and a Playoff Path Is Still Unsettled (New York Times)
Islanders fall to Sabres in OT, will have to wait until Sunday night to learn playoff matchup (New York Daily News)
Islanders’ final game will decide playoff fate after OT loss (New York Post)
Islanders lose in OT, playoff opponent still not determined (Newsday)
Photo gallery (Newsday)
Recap: Sabres 4, Islanders 3 OT (NewYorkIslanders.com)
The Skinny: Sabres 4, Islanders 3 (OT) (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Photo gallery (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Gionta scores twice to lead Sabres over Islanders in OT   

AP:

‘Eichel, the second overall pick in the 2015 draft, finished his rookie season with 24 goals and 32 assists for 56 ,points in 81 games. Rodrigues’ first NHL goal put the Sabres ahead 2-1 with 2:03 left in the period.’

Islanders' playoff fate in limbo after loss to Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Brian Gionta scored the game-winner with 2:14 remaining in overtime on a wrist shot from the low slot but the goal was of little consequence to the Islanders after Tavares scored.’

Sabres recall G Ullmark from Rochester   

The Sports Xchange:

‘For Rochester, he is 10-14-0 with a .902 save percentage and a 3.37 goals-against average.’

Sabres outlast the Islanders 4-3 in OT   

WGR-AM:

‘The Sabres finish the season 27 points better than they ended last season and will have the eigth best opportunity at winning the NHL Draft Lottery.’

Islanders lose in OT, playoff opponent still unknown   

NHL.com:

‘”I thought guys came out and played hard, played to win this one and did a real good job right throughout the lineup,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “You don’t really think about what [the Islanders are] supposed to do. You’re going out there and playing your game and you can’t starting thinking, ‘OK, they’re playing for a playoff spot,’ or something like that. We always want to win games, so every game is kind of the same. It’s got to be the most important game of the season.”‘

Sabres end season with overtime win in New York   

Sabres.com:

‘”It’s nice going out on a win to build some confidence,” Gionta said. “We talked before; the last half of the year is how we want to start next year. We’re a team that’s grown a bit, matured a bit and hopefully we can carry that through.”‘

Sabres recall Ullmark   

Sabres.com:

‘Ullmark (6’4”, 212 lbs., 7/31/1993), who made his NHL debut with the Sabres in October 2015, has appeared in 19 games for the team in 2015-16, posting a 7-10-2 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.58 goals-against average.’

Sunday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

A hometown pro debut for Pittsford’s Stu Wilson (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Lake Erie Monsters beat Rochester in OT, 4-3 (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Monsters sneak by Amerks in overtime (Amerks.com)
Photo gallery (Amerks.com)
Werenski’s First Pro Goal Lifts Monsters to OT Win (LakeErieMonsters.com)

The Sabres Report - April 9, 2016

Saturday's New York Coverage   

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Sabres-Islanders Preview (AP)
Islanders, without Lee, pursuing third in Metro (NHL.com)
Preview: Islanders vs. Sabres (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Sabres lose but hope to fan the flames for next season   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’ve been going at a pretty good pace here for the last little while,” defenseman Mark Pysyk said. “To finish like that is obviously not what we wanted to do, but we’ve learned we’re a good team. We can play with teams. We can beat teams.’

Kasdorf gets a crash course in NHL 101   

Buffalo News:

‘“I’m really glad that I was able to get this game just because now I know what I can work on, what I’m all right at and just from there into summer,” Kasdorf said. “I think it’s a good building block for me.”’

Quick hits: Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 1   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres have had a sub-.500 points percentage for three straight seasons. They were 21-21-6 during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. The last time Buffalo had more wins than all types of losses was 2010-11 when it went 43-29-10.’

Sabres fall in home finale to Blue Jackets, won’t hit .500   

Olean Times Herald:

‘That they couldn’t hit it shouldn’t diminish the progress they’ve made this season following consecutive 30th-place finishes. With 79 points, they’re 25 points better than a year ago.’