Sabres dominate Kings 5-1

Jeff Skinner scored three times, including twice in the second period, to lead the Sabres 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.

Buffalo went to the power play less than a minute into the game. Jake Muzzin was called for interference 17 seconds into the game. The Sabres recorded one shot on goal on their man advantage and failed to score. Marco Scandella was whistled for the first Sabres’ penalty of the game when he was called for hooking. Read More

Sabres’ Eichel leads the way in L.A. with three assists

I’ve been saying since the San Jose game ended that Jack Eichel has to be the leader that leads them out of their mini slump. On Saturday in Los Angeles, he did just that.

The new Sabres captain worked hard and by the end of the afternoon, he had three assists. You should’ve seen the work Eichel put in on Jeff Skinner’s second goal. Eichel battled along the left wing wall against three different Kings and came out with the puck.  Read More

Skinner’s hat trick propels Sabres to win in Los Angeles

Somewhere, in the hours leading up to his first game as a Laker in Los Angeles, LeBron James might have caught word of the performance Jeff Skinner and his linemates put on at Staples Center and thought, Man, that’s a tough act to follow.

Skinner scored a hat trick to lead the Sabres to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, bringing them to 2-2-0 with a game to go on their Pacific Division road trip and 4-4-0 on the season.  Read More

Sabres seek simplicity on power play following loss to Sharks

Through the first six games of their season, the San Jose Sharks scored two power-play goals on 21 attempts, a 9.5-percent success rate.

They exorcised those demons early in their game against the Sabres on Thursday. Kyle Okposo was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking at the 1:45 mark of the first period, and the Sharks responded with a pair of power-play goals from Joonas Donskoi and Logan Couture. Read More

Couture’s hat-trick leads San Jose to 5-1 win

Logan Couture netted a hat-trick and the San Jose Sharks scored three times on the power play to down the Buffalo Sabres by a 5-1 score on Thursday night at the SAP Center in San Jose, California .

San Jose took advantage of an early power play, scoring a pair of quick goals in the first period to grab a 2-0 lead. With Kyle Okposo in the box serving a double minor for high-sticking, Joonas Donskoi parked himself in front of the net for his second goal of the season. Erik Karlsson took the initial shot and Donskoi was able to redirect it past Carter Hutton for the first goal of the game. Only 27-seconds later, Couture added another power play goal, a sneaky shot that got through traffic and beat Hutton over his left shoulder. Read More

‘Pesky’ Pekar enjoying early success in Barrie

It hasn’t taken long for Matej Pekar to make an impression on both fans and members of the Buffalo Sabres organization. The 2018 fourth-round pick was a standout at his first development camp in June, where he scored two goals in the French Connection Tournament and got under the skin of 2017 top pick Casey Mittelstadt.

He said he tries to emulate a style similar to that of Boston Bruins pest Brad Marchand and so far, with that mindset, he’s had early success with the OHL’s Barrie Colts. Read More

Sabres defeated by Vegas 4-1

A pair of special teams goals helped pace the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas scored a power play goal in the first period, followed up by a shorthanded score in the second frame.

Vegas thought they had the lead nearly nine minutes into the first period when Shea Theodore scored. However, the Sabres challenged for offside and it was confirmed. The goal was overturned and the score remained 0-0. Read More

The Sabres had the Vegas flu to start the game

The Sabres have played two games in Las Vegas and haven’t even been near ready to play in either one. Last season, Buffalo got behind 4-1 before scoring three goals in the last 10 minutes of the third period to get one point out of the game.

In Tuesday’s game, Vegas just ran over the Sabres in the first 20 minutes, but only led 1-0. Shea Theodore busted in down the left wing side and undressed Rasmus Dahlin and beat Carter Hutton short side. Video coach Mat Myers did a great job of getting word down to Phil Housley that the play was offside and the goal was disallowed. It was just one of those nights for the youngster Dahlin who had his worst game as a Sabre. Read More

Special teams falter in loss to Golden Knights

They weathered an early push and kept the game close for most of the night, but special teams ultimately proved to be the difference for the Buffalo Sabres in a 4-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

Vegas built a 2-0 lead on a power-play goal from Jonathan Marchessault and a shorthanded goal from Cody Eakin. The score stuck until William Karlsson tipped in a Marchessault shot with 9:20 remaining in the third period. Read More

Ullmark stops 36 shots, Sabres beat Coyotes 3-0

Linus Ullmark stopped 36 shots for his first career shutout, and rookie Rasmus Dahlin scored his first career goal to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist, and Conor Sheary also scored for the Sabres. Ullmark, making his season debut, appeared in his 27th career NHL game. Read More

Dahlin scores first NHL goal, Sabres blank Coyotes

Rasmus Dahlin scored his first NHL goal 2:45 into the game, and Linus Ullmark made 36 saves for the Buffalo Sabres for his first NHL shutout, a 3-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Dahlin, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, pushed the puck into an open net to make it 1-0 after Jeff Skinner drew goalie Antti Raanta out of the crease to play a shot that deflected off the left post directly to Dahlin. Read More