Found January 20, 2013 on
Queen City Sports:
Steve Ott (#9) celebrates his first goal as a Buffalo Sabres(Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY – Steve Ott knew his first game as a Buffalo Sabre would be a special one. What he didn’t know was just how successful it would be.
The newest member of the Sabres roster scored the opening goal on Sunday afternoon, and used his grit and toughness to help set the tone of the game in Buffalo’s season-opening 5-2 win against Philadelphia.
“Honestly, it was a lot of fun,” said Ott about playing today. “It was nice leading this team out there on the ice.”
Ott got to the rink around 9:15am, but said that he is usually an “early to the rink” type of guy. He described the feeling of being one of the first to the arena Sunday morning as the calm before the storm, and that once he put the jersey on for the game he started to really feel a part of the team.
“I really felt like a rookie again,” he said. “I felt I was out there trying to earn my place on this roster; on this team. For sure, I was definitely nervous.”
Ott was introduced to the fans, along with the rest of the Sabres, before the game started, and received one of the loudest ovations of the day. He said it’s just a continuation of the great welcoming he’s had since being dealt to Buffalo in early July.
“The support I’ve gotten here has been impressive,” he said. “They (fans) have been so supportive.”
The 30-year old grinder scored a power-play goal 11:07 into the first period on Buffalo’s fourth shot of the game. He said that the team had a few plays set up, but he was impressed with just how well it worked, especially it being their first chance to put the plays to fruition.
“I was a bit,” said Ott about being surprised that he was left as open as he was in the slot. “That’s just the way it goes. There are five guys on the ice for us and four for them. Someone has to be open right?”
Getting that goal out of the way in his first game with his new team was something that Ott couldn’t have been happier about.
“To be honest, you always worry about how long it’s going to take to score your first one,” he said. “To get that monkey off your back right away, it felt pretty good.”
He finished the game with a goal, three shots, and one penalty in 15:16 of ice time.
Ott admitted that the team looked a bit stagnant early in the second when the Flyers scored two quick goals to take a 2-1 lead, but he felt that everything changed at one key moment in the second.
The game was tied at two when Drew Stafford took offense to a hit that perennial pest Scott Hartnell put on Tyler Ennis just seconds before. It was Hartnell’s second questionable hit of the game, he received a two-minute boarding penalty for his hit on captain Jason Pomniville earlier in the period.
Stafford went to Hartnell, dropped the gloves, and showed the toughness that many feel he should show more of on a nightly basis.
“The team really stepped up from what Staff did,” said Ott.
After the scrap, Ott sensed that the team really rallied around Stafford what he did for his center which showed a sign of togetherness among the players.
“We have such a great core group of guys here,” said Ott. “I really felt the unity.”
Now Ott and the Sabres have a quick turnaround – as the case will be nearly every game – from Sunday’s victory. They head to Toronto for a 7pm puck drop Monday night.
Ott admitted that he’s excited to get his first taste of the division rivalries that the Sabres have.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun every single night,” he said. “Just look at the teams you play in this division. You play Toronto, Boston, Ottawa, Montreal; every building is an incredible place to play. It’s going to be a fun ride.”
The post Steve Ott Makes Most Of Debut With Sabres appeared first on Queen City Sports.
BEST OF MAXIM
Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino is missing the team's regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers because of a lower body injury.
Listed by the team as day to day, Leino missed practice Saturday a day after he was hurt in practice.
Leino was well enough to join his teammates, coaches and Sabres owner Terry Pegula to greet fans in the First Niagara Center lobby...
The Buffalo Sabres are keeping Darcy Regier around as general manager.
Team owner Terry Pegula announced Saturday that the Sabres have extended Regier's contract. Buffalo opens its lockout-shortened season Sunday at home against Philadelphia.
Regier, entering his 16th season as Sabres general manager, has overseen a franchise that has reached the Eastern Conference finals four...
To quote Terry Pegula, “Darcy ain’t going no where!”
The Buffalo Sabres have announced that Darcy Regier has agreed to an extension to remain on as the team’s general manager.
The news was announced during a press conference held by the Sabres this afternoon.
Reiger is entering his 13th season as Sabres general manager, the longest tenured GM in Sabres history. He’s also...
A nine-month layoff, courtesy of the NHL lockout, wasn't long enough to disrupt the chemistry between the Buffalo Sabres' top two linemates, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville.
Vanek scored twice and added three assists, and Pominville had three assists in leading the Sabres to a 5-2 season-opening win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
Thomas Vanek is a one man scoring machine today.
HDTV with two goals and three assists today.
His linemates, Pominville and Hodgson have been full value in the first game of the season.
Pomemer with two assists, and, Hodgson with a goal.
Hodgson has been Buffalo's best player today. His skating has been terrific. His play making has been remarkable.
Pat Kaleta may just be the replacement for Ville Leino on Sunday, in the event that the former Flyer cannot play against his former team.
Leino was hobbled by an existing leg injury (believed to be an ankle or groin) on Friday. He didn't skate with the team on Saturday morning. Ruff that that Leino will skate on Sunday morning at First Niagara Center. If the leg is fine,...
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Thomas Vanek hardly looked like a man who hadn't played NHL hockey in nine months. Vanek had five points (two goals, three assists) to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in the First Niagara Center. Tyler Myers scored the winning goal with just over five minutes remaining and Cody Hodgson gave the Sabres some breathing...
Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Monday night.
Miller lost his shutout bid when Nazem Kadri scored on the power play with 1:42 remaining, his second goal of the season. Toronto's Joffrey Lupul appeared to tie it seconds later with goalie Ben Scrivens on the bench, but the goal was disallowed.
With Scrivens on the bench...
Pat Kaleta (#36) puts a hit on Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux during Buffalo’s 5-2 win over the Flyers.
The message from the coaches and players in the Buffalo Sabres organization was the same throughout the offseason and during training camp: become a much tougher team to play against.
Last season, much was made of the infamous Milan Lucic hit on Ryan Miller when no one on...
These kinds of hits have to be banned from hockey. Buffalo
forward Tyler Ennis is 157 pounds soaking wet, and Flyers forward Scott Hartnell
is a bull at 210 pounds, and he buries Ennis from behind. No penalty on the play. You have to give
former Fighting Sioux forward Drew Stafford credit for answering the call.
Ryan Miller has a history of playing well against the Maple Leafs and Monday night was no different. Miller improved to 28-14 against Toronto all-time with a 35-save performance in Buffaloâs 2-1 victory at the Air Canada Centre.
Millerâs play was pivotal in helping Buffalo secure the win as the Sabres are off to a perfect 2-0 start to the lockout-shortened season.
Despite his team missing the playoffs for a third time in five seasons, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula maintained his faith in his current personnel - namely general manager Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff.
Buffalo begins its quest to return to the postseason Sunday when it hosts the Philadelphia Flyers, who have ended the Sabres' attempts to reach the playoffs in each...
(Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Buffalo Sabres got their second win of the young season in as many days with a 2-1 win over host Toronto in the Maple Leafs’ home opener on Monday night. The win moves Buffalo to 2-0 on the season.
Buffalo’s top line once again shined as Cody Hodgson, Thomas Vanek, and Jason Pominville all got on the score sheet once again. Hodgson...
Welcome to the first day of the 2013 NHL season!
The Sabres are on the ice for practice at First Niagara Center this morning.
The Philadelphia Flyers will charter to Buffalo from Pittsburgh later this afternoon.
Puck drop on the Sabres season is 12:30 pm Sunday.
Ville leino is the only no show at the practice. No official reason why he's absent. Lindy Ruff will address...