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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on November 22, 2019

Buffalo's road trip continues on Sunday against Florida.

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres will look to bounce back from last night's loss against the Boston Bruins. They'll practice on Saturday and then face the Florida Panthers on Sunday at 5 p.m.

You can catch that game - the second on the three-game road trip - at 5 p.m. on MSG and WGR 550 with the Buick Game Night pregame show starting at 4:30. 

Here's what you need to know.

A look back at last night

Video: BUF Recap: Montour, Sabres lose in Boston

From the Lexus Postgame Report…

Evan Rodrigues seemed to sum up the feeling in the dressing room following a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. It was a disappointing result, but one they need to build on. 

The Sabres dominated the Bruins for the first 20 minutes, showcasing the aggressive tendencies they're looking to instill as habits. They pinched along the boards, closed gaps quickly, and moved up the ice as a connected five-man unit. 

The Bruins, as reigning conference champions are prone to do, picked up their game coming out of the second intermission. Even then, the Sabres stuck to their plan. It translated in every area but the scoreboard. 

"That's the type of game we have to play if we want to win games," Rodrigues said. "We did it early on and we've gotten away from it. We played with urgency, we played on our toes, we pressured the puck. We've been letting teams kind of come at us of late and we have to take it to teams. 

"I thought we did that today. Obviously, the result's not there and it's not easy to look at it that way, but we have to."

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Ristolainen 

The Sabres had already tallied 14 shots and taken a 1-0 lead on Rasmus Ristolainen's power-play goal by the time the Bruins generated their first shot against Linus Ullmark, sent from the point with 7:49 remaining in the first period. 

Yet for all their opportunities, the Sabres came out of that period in a 1-1 tie. Brad Marchand scored on Boston's second shot, a deflection of a shot from the point by Zdeno Chara. 

Marchand buried a rebound on the power play to give the Bruins the lead with 5:15 remaining in the second period, then David Pastrnak added another power-play goal less than two minutes into the third. 

Video: POSTGAME: Montour

Video: POSTGAME: Rodrigues 

The Sabres outshot the Bruins 14-9 in the final period but were held off the board until Brandon Montour scored on a shot from the point with 7:02 remaining, his second goal in as many games. It was the last offense they would muster against Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. 

"It's really painful right now to digest a game where, in Boston against for me the best team in the league at the moment, we played as good a first period as we could play and dominated in every area of the game except for the score," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said.

"… You feel bad for the guys. They gave it all here today, and we confirmed that kind of game and we confirmed that style of play. We're going to have a lot of wins playing that way."

Read the full report here.  


Amerks back in action tonight

From our weekly Amerks Update…

The Rochester Americans enter the week riding a six-game point streak (5-0-0-1), the longest active in the Eastern Conference, and have won six of its last nine games, with all six wins coming against North Division opponents. 

With Saturday's come-from-behind win against Utica, the Amerks have earned 23 out of a possible 32 points through their first 16 games of the season, putting them tied with the Toronto Marlies for the top spot in the AHL's North Division. The Marlies, however, have a game in hand on the Amerks entering this week.

With five points (3+2) over his last six games, forward Jean-Sebastien Dea begins the week leading the Amerks in goals (7) through the first 16 games of the season. Dea, who had his first four-point effort since Apr. 6, 2019 back on Oct. 26 in Syracuse, has recorded 19 points (10+9) over his last 21 AHL contests dating back to last season. 
Goaltender Andrew Hammond is tied for eighth among all netminders with six wins on the season.

And you can read more about West Seneca native Sean Malone's season here.  


#Sabres50 Hall of Fame Profile

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