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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 18, 2019

Carter Hutton recorded his 2nd shutout of the season last night as Buffalo now looks ahead to Saturday's game at San Jose

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres were looking to bounce back from Wednesday night's loss and they did so in a big way, shutting out the Kings 3-0 last night.

They've now collected two of four points on the West Coast road trip and they can gather two more tomorrow night in the final game of the three-game swing when they play the Sharks.

It'll be a 10:30 p.m. faceoff with the Buick Game Night pregame show getting underway at 10 p.m. on MSG.

Here's what you need to know.

Looking back at last night

Video: Hutton makes 47 saves as Sabres shut out Kings, 3-0

From the Lexus Postgame Report…  

Carter Hutton saves a puck from all his shutouts. They're stowed away somewhere - with his father, he guesses - for a future date when he's finally able to sit down and reflect on his career.

He's added two to that collection in the past five days. Rasmus Ristolainen flipped the latest addition to his goaltender after he put the finishing touches on his second straight shutout, a 47-save masterpiece against the Los Angeles Kings inside Staples Center on Thursday night.

"Maybe later on I'll look back on but right now, you just try to be in the moment and just enjoy the win," Hutton said afterward. "We've got a day off tomorrow. That's the only thing we're looking forward to right now."

Video: BUF@LAK: Hutton stops 47, extends shutout streak

Video: Carter Hutton on the broadcast after shutout over LA 

This one will live in the record books as well. Hutton's 47 saves were the most by a Sabres goaltender in a regular-season shutout, surpassing Chad Johnson's mark of 44 set in December 2015. Hutton fell one save short of his own personal record, which he achieved with St. Louis two seasons ago. 

Hutton has now gone 128:36 without allowing a goal, a stretch that dates back to the third period of Buffalo's overtime win against Montreal last Wednesday. He made 25 saves to shutout the Dallas Stars on Monday, his first as a member of the Sabres.

Playing the second of back-to-back road games, the Sabres built an early two-goal lead with goals from Casey Mittelstadt and Conor Sheary that came by the 5:20 mark of the first period. Mittelstadt added another goal on the power play at 2:32 of the second. 

Video: POSTGAME: Ralph Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Casey Mittelstadt

From that point on, Hutton stole the show.

"We lacked energy somehow in the second period, but he kept us in it. In the third, we helped him a lot more," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. "We limited their chances and defended better, but there was a stretch in the second where he was really world-class. 

"We're pleased to see these back-to-back shutouts for him. Congratulations to Carter, all his hard work is paying off here."

Read the full recap here.

Tweet from @martybiron43: If you didn���t watch the whole #sabres50 game late last night here are my observations:- Welcome back Connor Sheary and great night for Casey Mittelstadt (2G-1A). - Not a perfect game but after a tough 2nd, Sabres limited the chances against in the 3rd. - Starter Hutton....WOW!

Speaking of "Starter" Hutton…

All of those classes at the Tre' White Goalie Academy are really paying off

Tweet from @BuffaloBills: No one knows hockey like @TreWhite16.The best goalie in Louisiana history had some questions for our locker room. 😂

Video: Apply to the Tre' White Goalie Academy today!


And while we're talking about guys with confidence…

Check out the way Rob Ray walked into Staples Center last night.

Video: Rob Ray's confident walk into Staples Center

Like a boss.


Amerks Update

Rochester is at home tonight for HOCKtoberfest. They host Cleveland for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff. 

This week's Amerks Update took a look at Jacob Bryson and you can read a feature story about the rookie defenseman here. 

Despite the average hockey defenseman sizing up to be 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Bryson finds himself on the smaller side of the spectrum. Standing at only 5-foot-9 and weighing in at 179 pounds, Bryson has got to play the game with more than just his physical attributes. The mental game that Bryson can bring to the ice is what sets him apart from other defensemen that may have physical size in their favor, but his veteran-like mindset is what puts him on the coaching staff's initial radar.

Amerks interim head coach Gord Dineen touched on Bryson's mental game and how it has translated perfectly when hitting the professional level.

"The mental game for a guy who is as young as he is, he's very mature and steady. He rolls with however the game is going and is consistent as far as his efforts and the way he thinks. His learning curve is really impressive, as far as going into the pro game and how it translates very well to the pro game."

Following practice last week, Bryson showed his maturity when commenting on how you have to remain calm and have a short memory in order to be successful at the American Hockey League level.

"That's a big mindset that the coaches have taught us, that mistakes are going to happen. The game isn't perfect, you can't be a perfect player and you got to know that it's going to happen. You've got to know that you can walk away from a mistake, come out the next shift and kind of forget about it and move on. That's the most important part if you want to be successful."

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We'll be back tomorrow with yet another edition of Sharpen Up. 

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