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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on February 5, 2020

Buffalo will return to practice today and look ahead to tomorrow's game against Detroit

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Last night, goaltender Jonas Johansson stepped onto the ice for his first taste of NHL action. The AHL All-Star made 13 saves in relief of Carter Hutton in the Buffalo Sabres' 6-1 loss at home to the Colorado Avalanche. 

The team will practice today at LECOM Harborcenter and will host the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow night on national TV. NBCSN will carry the game. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will have the call on WGR 550 tomorrow.

Here's what you need to know. 


A look back at last night

Video: BUF Recap: Reinhart scores in 6-1 loss to Avalanche

From the Postgame Report…

Sam Reinhart scored the lone goal for the Buffalo Sabres as a lopsided second period allowed the Colorado Avalanche to run away with a 6-1 victory at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

Reinhart's goal cut a 2-0 deficit in half with less than a second remaining in the first period. The Avalanche responded with four goals on 10 shots in the second, all of which were products of breakdowns that allowed them to earn high-danger chances in transition. 

The loss was Buffalo's third in four home games since returning from the All-Star break, coming on the heels of a 2-1 victory over Columbus on Saturday. 

"I think there's a lot of reflecting that needs to be going on and guys need to demand a lot more out of themselves than they have," Reinhart said afterward.

Video: POSTGAME: Reinhart
Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Reinhart's goal - a deflection with nine-tenths of a second remaining - could have swung momentum. Instead, mistakes piled up in the following period. 

"What happened then the next 20 minutes (is) truly unacceptable, and we have to do a deep dive on that," Krueger said. "Really disappointed. The goal that we scored at the end of the first seemed to bring us back into that start. Our inability to deal with their speed and their transition for that period of time, we seemed to be well prepared for it. 

"I thought we began by playing the game we wanted to play, but we just deserted it. The final result is what it is. It's a slap where you need some more time than what I've had right now to digest. Again, we have no time for a big recovery. But, yeah, we're very disappointed right now and quite an unacceptable result."

Video: POSTGAME: Johansson
Video: POSTGAME: Sheary

All four of Colorado's second-period goals were scored on the rush. Carter Hutton  was removed from the game after allowing five goals on 13 shots in 30:26.

"I don't think it's fair to put this on Carter," Krueger said. "People look at the shot clock, but they outchanced us. They outchanced us, even when the shots were quite equal there. It wouldn't be fair it put this one on him, it's all of us - coaches, players - all us together. This is on all of us. We need to pull together and react to this. We have a game here at home in two nights. We need to show a different side and push."

Jonas Johansson made his NHL debut in relief of Hutton. The first shot he faced came on a 2-on-1 rush between two of the game's elite forwards in Nathan MacKinnon and Rantanen, the latter of whom picked the near-side corner with a wrist shot that went in off the crossbar. 

Johansson recovered to stop the remaining 13 shots he faced. 

"It's a great experience," he said. "It's something [I've been] looking forward to and dreamed of since we were kids. Not the way you want the game to go, but I'm just glad to have had my first minutes."

Read the full recap here.

Tickets for tomorrow's game are on sale now.

Amerks back at it tonight

The Rochester Americans have won five in a row and will look to extend their streak tonight in Cleveland. 

In each of their games during the winning streak, the Amerks have held their opponents to two goals each while outscoring them by a combined score of 18-10.

The club has rotated between the goaltending trio of Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Jonas Johansson, and Andrew Hammond in that stretch. Hammond and Luukkonen split starting duties last week after Johansson was called up to Buffalo.

The Amerks have also had five different game-winning goal scorers during the streak.

Read the full Amerks Update here.


Chris Panek honored as 2020 Duffett Award winner

Chris Panek is the recipient of the 2020 J. Michael Duffett Memorial Award, presented each year to the coach whose contributions to amateur hockey in Western New York "best exemplify the knowledge, teaching, love of the game and gentle humanity of Mike." 

Panek is the 35th recipient of the J. Michael Duffett Memorial Award and was presented with the award before last night's game.

Panek's coaching career has spanned 25 years, with his experience ranging from the midget to high school levels. Several of his players have gone on to have successful collegiate careers at the Division I and III levels. Additionally, three of Panek's former players have reached the professional level: NHL and AHL alumni Tim Kennedy, Chris Mueller and Mike Ratchuk.

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