[BN] Hockey: Power gets his first NHL goal as Sabers bedevil New Jersey |

Buffalo Sabers defenseman Owen Power (25) celebrates his first NHL goal with teammates Vinnie Hinostroza, Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner during the third period of against the New Jersey Devils, Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Newark, NJ

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Observations: Owen Power gets his first NHL goal as Sabers bedevil New Jersey

The week of firsts for Owen Power came and went. There was his first NHL game, his first NHL home game, his first NHL assist and so on.

First NHL goal? It could take a while to check that box. The defenseman scored just six goals in 59 games while at Michigan.

But Power sure looks as if he belongs, and he sure looked like it Thursday night in New Jersey, when at 8:33 of the third period, Power, as Mike Harrington describes it, “burned New Jersey goalie Andrew Hammond on a short shot through the legs. “

Said Power: “It was pretty surreal. It was obviously nice just to get it out of the way.”

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That it came during another Buffalo win had to make it feel a little better to all in the organization, too.

Here are Harrington’s observations from the Sabers’ 5-2 win in New Jersey.


Amerks’ playoff push is good for development: Sabers coach Don Granato said Rochester’s recent push for a playoff spot is a good thing as far as development goes. “So any adverse situation, any challenge you have to meet pushes that development. Whether the outcome is positive or negative, the result is positive because you have to face challenges.” Read more

What these last games are for: The Sabers aren’t just playing out the string on another meaningless season. Some real momentum appears to be being built. So they’re using these last games of the season to evaluate, develop and build for next season. Read more

NHL will head to Europe in 22-23: The league will hold regular-season games and exhibition contests in Finland, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland. Read more

The NHL rookie whose trick shot has divided the league: From the Wall Street Journal: “Trevor Zegras has ignited the sport with creative lacrosse-style goals, but not everyone is amused by his moves.” Read more

Should the league expand the playoffs? ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski makes the case that the NHL is “leaving money on the table. It’s muting late-season drama. It’s stubbornly refusing to push more teams and star players into the center-stage spotlight of the Stanley Cup playoffs, when the NHL is at its apex for attention from the general public. ” Read more

Panthers clinch East’s top spot: They did so with their 12th straight win and are playing their best hockey at the right time. Read more


Bills: Bills lineman Ryan Bates: ‘I want to embrace Bills Mafia through and through’ Read more

Analyst Daniel Jeremiah sees 2022 draft as most uncertain ever Read more

Josh Allen quickly getting up to speed with how new Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey does things Read more

Bills add depth up front with addition of offensive lineman David Quessenberry Read more

Colleges: College basketball notes: UB women add transfer, Canisius’ Green to Youngstown State Read more

For UB quarterback Cole Snyder, the secret’s in the work Read more

High schools: Six WNY girls basketball players named to New York State Sportswriters Association first team Read more

Lancaster girls lacrosse star Madison Maciag reaches 100 career goals Read more

Photos: Lancaster defeats Grand Island 14-9 in girls lacrosse matchup View photos

Today in sports history: April 22

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