Watch Jack Eichel dish stunning no-look, behind-the-back assist

Jared Clinton
Jack Eichel (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

Jack Eichel may not be the leading rookie scorer, but the Buffalo Sabres freshman continues to show on a near nightly basis why he was selected with the second-overall pick. Eichel, 18, keeps finding his way onto the highlight reel, and he did it again Tuesday with a dazzling assist on the power play.

On a man advantage early in the second period, Eichel set up shop in front of the Florida Panthers’ net with his back to the middle of the ice. Using his body to shield off a check from Panthers blueliner Erik Gudbranson, Eichel took a pass from Jamie McGinn and somehow, someway found a streaking Ryan O’Reilly without so much as taking a peek at where his Sabres teammate was: Read more

Year in review: Top 10 trades of 2015

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Be it trade deadline deals or big off-season moves, 2015 wasn’t short on big names getting moved in the hockey world. Cap crunches and playoffs misses yielded the trades of core players, while some big name deals had the hockey world shocked at how quickly things can change.

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Report: Sabres’ Evander Kane subject of sex offense investigation

Jared Clinton
Evander Kane (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane is reportedly the subject of a sex offense investigation by Buffalo police following an alleged incident that occurred Sunday morning, according to The Buffalo News.

The Buffalo News’ Lou Michel and Tim Graham reported Sunday evening that three police sources have confirmed Kane is the subject of an investigation. Kane, 24, has not been charged with any crime.

“We have an investigation ongoing,” a Buffalo police source told The Buffalo News. “We are not naming the suspect, and we do not expect it to be resolved in the very near future.” Another source told The Buffalo News the woman involved in the investigation was having “memory issues.” Read more

Rasmus Ristolainen has become an absolute beast in Buffalo

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Rasmus Ristolainen (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

With Buffalo leading Anaheim 2-0 last night, Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen collected a loose puck and swooped in from the right wall towards the Ducks net. He made a move in front and Jamie McGinn ended up with the back-breaking 3-0 goal. I couldn’t help but feel like I had seen a very similar play before and I think most of Finland might be with me on this one.

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Watch Chad Johnson’s spectacular diving save that lifted Sabres over Red Wings

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Chad Johnson robs Gustav Nyquist (via NHL/YouTube)

When you think game-saving stops, the name Chad Johnson likely doesn’t come to mind. But the Buffalo Sabres backup netminder deserved the first, second and third stars Monday night after he played a big part in the Sabres walking away with two points against the Detroit Red Wings, who have been one of the hottest teams in the league.

Through nearly 55 minutes, the only goal of the contest came in the second period when Detroit’s Brad Richards got the Red Wings on the board four minutes into the frame. But in the final 4:15 of the game, the Sabres struck twice — the first off the stick of Ryan O’Reilly and the eventual game-winner from Johan Larsson one minute later. Then the Sabres handed it over to Johnson, who did the rest.

With the Detroit net empty, the puck was worked to the blueline where Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall hammered a shot towards the Buffalo net, which was tipped by Dylan Larkin. The puck made it to the slot area where it bounced onto the stick of Gustav Nyquist, who had a wide-open cage to shoot at with Johnson completely out of position. With Nyquist primed to bury the game-tying goal, Johnson dove across to steal the goal with his glove: Read more

Why Ryan O’Reilly solves math equations while he works out

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So you’re in the gym, doing a squat or a lunge, holding an awkward yoga pose or trying to stay upright on a balance beam. Suddenly, your dad throws up a flashcard with five colors on it and tells you to name the color in the middle. But you can’t drop the weight or break the pose. Somehow, while your muscles begin to burn and your balance starts to tip, your mind has the focus to find the answer.

That’s just one of the legion of training tricks Ryan O’Reilly gets thrown his way from his father, Brian, while working out during the off-season. The motivation behind them goes to the heart of Ryan’s training philosophy: combine physical and mental training to imitate game situations so you can adapt to anything thrown your way on the ice.

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Steve Montador’s father takes up his dead son’s cause with lawsuit against NHL

Steve Montador (left) and Luke Schenn (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

The irony was inescapable. The same day the richest and most powerful men in hockey gathered to discuss concussion protocol, the family of former NHLer Steve Montador filed a lawsuit against them alleging they had not done enough to protect him from the effects of multiple concussions that led to his retirement, significant memory loss, depression, anxiety, a substance abuse issue, and, ultimately his death at the age of 35.

Had Montador not died in February, his name and not his father’s would have been the one on the lawsuit that was filed Tuesday against the NHL and the league’s board of governors today in Chicago. Montador had every intention of suing the league when he was alive, but that task and crusade is now up to his family.

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