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MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal Canadiens forward Phillip Danault was released from a hospital Sunday after tests for a head injury.

Danault was hit in the head by Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara’s slap shot Saturday night and taken off the ice on a stretcher.

“Phillip Danault was released from the hospital earlier today and is now resting at home,” the Canadiens said Sunday on Twitter.

The rising shot in the second period looked to hit Danault on the side of the head. He was down on the ice for several minutes but was moving and appeared to be speaking to medical staff before leaving the ice to an ovation from the Bell Centre crowd.

“It’s stuff that happens in hockey and it’s scary,” defenseman Jordie Benn said after practice Sunday. “But Phil’s doing well.”

It wasn’t immediately clear when Danault might return to the lineup.

“We’ve just got to wait and hopefully he can get healthy pretty quick,” Benn said.

The 24-year-old Danault, from Victoriaville, has seven goals and 15 assists in 43 games this season.

Officials opted to play the final 1:37 of the second after intermission.

Marchand also scored in regulation, helping the Bruins improve to 9-0-3 in their last 12 games. Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci had the other goals for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves.

“It’s different, but this was just another game,” said Marchand, who also scored in regulation. “We did a good job and look forward to the next one.”

Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty and Nicolas Deslauriers scored for Montreal, and Carey Price had 29 stops. It was Galchenyuk’s 100th career goal.

Claude Julien coached against Boston for the first time since he was fired by the Bruins last February and hired by the Canadiens a week later.

Montreal jumped in front 3:22 into the first when Pacioretty scored for the third straight game. Victor Mete, playing his first game back after helping Canada win world junior championship gold, picked up an assist when the rebound of his point shot was tucked inside the post by the captain of the Canadiens.

Marchand responded with a power-play goal at 17:11. He was left alone in front to take a feed from Patrice Bergeron and score his 18th of the season.

DeBrusk was sent in alone by Charlie McAvoy to beat Price with a high shot 2:55 into the second. Deslauriers picked up a loose puck at the Boston blue line and beat Rask with a low shot from the slot at 5:45.

Galchenyuk put the Canadiens in front again with a power-play wrist shot under the crossbar at 8:51. It was his 11th goal of the season.

But the Bruins tied it again with 2:18 left in the second. Jakub Jerabek swiped at and missed a bouncing puck and Krejci pounced on it and beat Price from close range.

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It was 4:30 p.m., and the puck wouldn’t be dropped for another two hours. But the Jersey People already had gathered for the latest installment of Hockey Night in Las Vegas.

This is not a reference to puckheads who hail from New Jersey, though with the Rangers in town on Sunday, there was no shortage of those. They jammed into the bars and bistros that form a 100-proof corridor from The Park to T-Mobile Arena, home of the first-place (!) Golden Knights.

I’m talking about everybody who had a belly or some other body part pressed to the bar that was wearing a hockey sweater.

It was as if The Park had been transformed into the sixth New York borough. What a scene. Rangers jerseys easily outnumbered those of the Knights, but that was to be expected. The Rangers have been around since 1926; the Knights have been around since October.

There were a lot of Messiers and Lundqvists trying to forecheck their way into Beerhaus, situated in the neutral zone of the bars and bistros. There were no Vanbiesbroucks.

Closer to faceoff, the Messiers and Lundqvists were joined by the Fleurys and Karlssons. It was a helluva party. It was sort of like young Tom Cruise’s house when his parents went on vacation, minus Rebecca De Mornay and her gal pals.

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Offering nearly a dozen watering holes and dining patios, none of which ever freeze over, The Park provides a perfect backdrop for a Golden Knights pregame party.

At Beerhaus, beyond the picnic tables on the promenade and out by the cornhole pits and the giant Golden Knights Connect Four game, Knights fan Ryan Francis was making merry with three guys and a woman wearing Rangers jerseys, one of which was his son, Collin.

“It doesn’t matter where you come from, when you come here, we all get along,” said the elder Francis, who grew up a Rangers fan.

“It’s Vegas, so it’s a little different than any other place,” Chuck Tarantino of West Caldwell, New Jersey, said about the hockey vibe around T-Mobile Arena compared to the one at Madison Square Garden.

Wife Susan was impressed with the hospitality and demeanor of Knights fans. “You guys are the best, you’re really nice people.”

So, not like Flyers fans at all.

To paraphrase that Under Armour commercial, this is our haus, but we’ll save you a seat at the bar.

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“Beerhaus is the official pregame fanfest for the Golden Knights, so we (do) a lot of marketing for that,” said Anthony Olheiser, The Park’s executive director, who was not wearing a hockey jersey and thus stuck out like a goaltender’s sore thumb. “It’s a great opportunity to let people all over the country know that we’re here and hockey is for real.”

Olheiser said the idea was to have fans go to a hockey game and have a party break out, but he never envisioned a soiree such as this.

“Having the team play so well, it’s been a monster year for us,” he said. “Having the locals and the away teams come, it’s just been huge. Every game it gets bigger. We have drink specials, we have Golden Knight Ale, we’ve got 80 beers inside, and 30 on draft.”

Who needs the checking line when you have 80 beers inside and 30 on tap?

By the time musical group Vegas Saints started their second set of familiar 1980s pop tunes, it appeared thirsty Rangers fans had sampled at least 65 of the 80, and all the drafts. It was much the same when Nashville was here Tuesday, when Vegas Saints performed a rollicking hat trick of “Jessie’s Girl,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “My Girl.” Even Predators fans raised on the Grand Ole Opry tapped their toes.

Sunday’s hockey party built to a crescendo as the Knight Line beat their flashing drums and the Knights’ cheerleaders waved their pompoms during a procession through The Park. Those at the bars and bistros were encouraged to join the parade. A guy wearing a Syracuse Bulldogs jersey nearly tripped over the big toe of the 40-foot sculpture of the blissful dancer where The Park opens to Toshiba Plaza.

Chance the gila monster, the Knights’ sometimes maligned mascot, led the Knight Line and the cheerleaders into the arena.

It had been such a great party that nobody wearing a Messier jersey made fun of his costume.

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NEW YORK — For the second straight season, the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres will meet at one of the bookends of the NHL’s Christmas break. Unfortunately for the Sabres, they’re in the same position this year as last year.

The Islanders will look to build on the momentum they created prior to the break Wednesday night, when they host the reeling Sabres at Barclays Center.

Both teams last played Saturday, the final day before the three-day break. The Islanders maintained their standing in the Eastern Conference playoff race by beating the visiting Winnipeg Jets, 5-2. The latest rough season for the Sabres, meanwhile, continued with a 4-2 loss to the host Carolina Hurricanes.

Since their only winning streak of the season — a two-game run from Oct. 21-24 — the Sabres (9-20-7) have gone 6-15-5 to entrench themselves in the basement of the Atlantic Division.

The Sabres have missed the playoffs in each of the last six seasons and finished last in the Atlantic in three of the last four seasons. And if his comments Saturday are any indication, the constant losing that is beginning to take a toll on the franchise’s most important player, third-year star center Jack Eichel.

Following the loss to the Hurricanes — a game in which Carolina took a lead it would never relinquish by scoring a mere 33 seconds into the first period — Eichel, in a one-on-one interview with The Buffalo News, criticized Buffalo’s readiness coming off a 4-2 win Friday night over the Philadelphia Flyers.

“I think it shows a lack of maturity as a group for us right now with the position that we’re in,” Eichel told the newspaper. “We played last night. We’re traveling, we’re in a back-to-back. They’re here and ready and waiting for us. They’re at home right before break. You know they’re going to come out and play hard. And from the first shift, we’re chasing the game.”

Unlike last season, the Islanders haven’t spent most of the season chasing the rest of the Eastern Conference. New York entered the Christmas break last season tied for last in the East with the Sabres following a 5-1 win at Barclays Center on Dec. 23 before eventually missing the playoffs by one point.

The Islanders are 4-6-2 since a season-high four-game winning streak from Nov. 22-28, but the win Saturday kept them tied for the Eastern Conference wild card spots with the New York Rangers while providing a template for remaining in the playoff race.

Goalie Jaroslav Halak recorded 38 saves for the Islanders, who rank second in the NHL in both goals scored (130) and goals allowed (127).

“It was a good win,” Islanders head coach Doug Weight said. “It was a good test for us, going through some issues. It was a good challenge and I think it was well-goaltended.”

Halak is likely to draw the start again for the Islanders. He is 9-2-0 in 11 appearances against the Sabres.

Robin Lehner, the Sabres’ No. 1 goaltender, should return to the net after Chad Johnson took the loss Saturday night. Lehner, who earned the win Friday after recording 33 saves against the Flyers, is 3-3-2 in eight games against the Islanders.

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It’s been an under the radar story for the New York Islanders. The reason being the Isles have to wait for this prized investment. Make no mistake though, the Isles top 2018 draft picks are golden tickets.

In the New York Islanders front office, you might hear the staff singing “I have a golden ticket” from the classic Gene Wilder movie, Willy Wonka. The Islander fans should be singing as well with the franchise having these upcoming picks.
The Draft Picks

The Islanders have two, first-round, as well as, two, second-round selections in the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft. This June’s draft has been described with a lot of superlatives and has been compared to the talent-rich draft class of 2015.

The Isles have their own draft picks in rounds one and two, as well as Calgary’s thanks to the Travis Hamonic trade. These four future players have a chance to give this talented organization incredible impact over the next decade.

Could the Isles land another player on the level of Mathew Barzal?
Root Against Calgary

Clearly, the Isles don’t want to see their own draft pick selection turn into a top pick in the upcoming June draft for obvious reasons. Calgary however, is another matter.

The Flames are a good team, but like the East, the Western Conference is very deep and the playoffs are no guarantee for Calgary.

Nothing against Calgary but the number one team the Islander fans should be rooting against on a nightly basis isn’t the New York Rangers but the Calgary Flames. Sorry Calgary, but business is business.

If Calgary misses the playoffs could the ping-pong balls bounce favorably for the Isles as they did for the Flyers last year?
Major Trade Asset

These four upcoming draft picks are major assets that the Islander organization possesses. They are extremely coveted by other NHL clubs.

In any future trade talks no doubt the opposing general managers will try and pry away one of these picks from Garth Snow. The thought of adding these future prospects to a really good prospect pipeline is very enticing.

Snow could use one of these picks as a trade chip anytime between now and the trade deadline.

Another possibility is Snow holds on to these picks and use them once the 2017-18 season is over. June is the unofficial trading month in today’s salary cap NHL.

Not likely a star player will be available via trade between now and the trade deadline. June however, could be an entirely different matter.

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There are tough decisions that have to be made in life.  However, there is probably no tougher decision than trying to pick just four Boston Bruins players in team history to make up the team’s metaphorical Mount Rushmore.

It’s times like these where writing about the Boston Bruins just isn’t fair.  The Bruins have been around since 1924, meaning there’s 93 years worth of players to comb through.  And I’m supposed to pick just FOUR of them?  Talk about a difficult task.

So, let’s think about this realistically.  Two spots are automatically filled, and I know that if you’re a Bruins fan, you know who those players are.  So that leaves two spots left.  How do we go about choosing those remaining two?

“Duh, look at their goals and assists, dummy!”  Well, career numbers are obviously important, and something that plays into the decision.  But, in a physical game like hockey, sometimes careers are ended short.  In fact, that happened to one of our automatic selections, too.  So that can’t be the be-all-end-all factor.

“Success is all that matters.  Who won more Stanley Cups?”  Yes, that does have some truth to it.  As Ari Gold said in the TV show Entourage, “there’s no asterisks in this world, only scoreboards.”  But hockey is a team sport.  Some of the best players in NHL history never won a Stanley Cup.  So while success is a key component, it can’t be the only part in the decision.

“Who’s name do you associate with the Bruins most?  Who’s had the biggest impact on the organization as a whole?  Who looked best wearing the Spoked-B?”  Geez Louise, all good points…except for maybe that last one.  So, bottom line, there are many factors to be weighed here.

All that being said, and I’ll probably take some grief over these picks, my Bruins Mount Rushmore features:  Ray Bourque, Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, and Milt Schmidt.
Ray Bourque

Before there was Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson, there was Ray Bourque.  Bourque played 22 seasons in the NHL, and 20 and 3/4 of those were in a Boston Bruins jersey.  In his illustrious career, which spanned 1612 regular season NHL games, Bourque scored 410 goals and tallied 1169 assists for 1579 career points.  Bourque also had a ridiculous +528 plus/minus rating for his career, only having a minus rating 4 times in his NHL tenure.

Bourque was selected as an NHL All-Star 19 times.  He won the Calder Trophy in ’79-’80 as Rookie of the Year and five Norris Trophies (’86-’87, ’87-’88, ’89-’90, ’90-’91, ’93-’94).  He was in the top-5 for Hart Trophy voting five times.

When it came to goal scoring as a defenseman, there were very few who were more consistent than Bourque in the 80’s and 90’s.  In over two decades, Bourque never scored less than double-digit goals in a season, other than his final year, which we Bruins fans choose not to acknowledge because it took place in a Colorado Avalanche sweater.

Unfortunately, Bourque was never able to bring a Stanley Cup to Boston.  However, he did ultimately achieve every hockey player’s dream of lifting the Cup.  In his final season, ’00-’01, playing for the Avalanche at the ripe age of 40, Bourque put up 59 points, and helped the Avalanche win the team’s second Stanley Cup.  There are no players who deserved to win a Championship more than Ray Bourque, so in that regards, we as fans can celebrate that.
Phil Esposito

Phil Esposito is the reason Ray Bourque went from wearing #7 early in his career to number #77.  And why is that?  Because Esposito’s #7 deserved to be hanging in the rafters among the other Bruins legends.

Esposito didn’t start or end his career in a Bruins uniform.  However, the 10 seasons he spent in Boston were without a doubt the best of his 18 year stint in the NHL.  In those 10 seasons, Esposito won FIVE Art Ross Trophies for leading the league in scoring, including 4 in a row (’68-’69, 126 points; ’70-’71, 152 points; ’71-’72, 133 points; ’72-’73, 130 points; ’73-’74, 145 points).

Teamed up with players like Johnny Bucyk, Ken Hodge, and Bobby Orr, Esposito and the Bruins were a dominant force in the early 70’s.  In 1282 career NHL games (625 of which were with the Bruins), Esposito scored 717 goals and 873 assists for 1590 career points, or 1.24 points per game.  Esposito and the boys were able to bring home two Stanley Cups to Boston in ’69-’70 and ’71-’72.  Both Stanley Cup years, Esposito led the league in playoff scoring.

Esposito’s time in Boston ended on November 7, 1975 when he was traded to the New York Rangers.  Esposito may have finished his career in a Rangers jersey, but he will undoubtedly always be known as a Bruins legend.
Bobby Orr

The best Boston Bruins player of all-time, and arguably one of the best NHL players of all time.  Bobby Orr revolutionized the game of hockey and the defenseman position.  There was no one like him in the game before he joined the league, and there’s been no one like him since.  He was a hockey anomaly, a unique specimen of greatness.

Number 4 Bobby Orr only played 9 full seasons in the NHL.  After those 9 seasons, he only played 36 more NHL games across 3 seasons.  One with the Bruins, and two with the Chicago Blackhawks.  Due to injuries to his knees, his tremendous career was cut incredibly short when he retired at age 30 in 1979.

Orr was the epitome of an offensive-defenseman.  His contributions in both ends of the ice were off-the-charts.  Orr lead the league in assists five times in his career as a defenseman.  After winning the Calder Trophy his rookie season in ’66-’67, Orr went on to win the next eight Norris Trophies for best defenseman in the NHL.  Oh, and for good measure, he chipped in two Art Ross Trophies for leading the league in points in ’69-’70 and ’74-’75, and three consecutive Hart Trophies as league MVP (’69-’70, ’70-’71, ’71-’72).

Orr, like Esposito, was a part of the ’69-’70 and ’71-’72 Bruins teams that won Stanley Cups.  Unsurprisingly, Orr was named Conn Smythe winner for Playoff MVP in both Stanley Cup runs.

There’s a reason why a bronze statute of Orr’s famous goal adorns the plaza outside the TD Garden in Boston, MA.  He is, was, and likely always will be, the best of the best in Boston Bruins history.
Milt SchmidtGreatness recognizes greatness.  Bobby Orr has said that the greatest Bruin of all time was Milt Schmidt.  And it’s hard to argue with Orr.  Putting career numbers aside due to circumstances beyond Milty’s control, the impact he had on the organization is what earns him his spot.

In 776 career games spanning 16 seasons, Schmidt amassed 229 goals and 346 assists, for 575 career points.  While those totals may seem low, you have to take into account that NHl seasons were much shorter when Milty played.  Also, three years of his career in his mid-20s were lost due to World War II.

Schmidt, a member of the Bruins “Kraut Line” with Woody Dumont and Bobby Bauer, helped lead the team to two Stanley Cup victories as a player in ’38-’39 and ’40-’41.  Following his retirement after the ’54-’55 season, he was immediately named head coach of the team.

As head coach, Schmidt brought the team to two Stanley Cup Final appearances.  Then, later in his career as the GM for the team, he won two more Cups during the Orr/Esposito era.  Schmidt’s contributions to the Bruins organization, therefore, are more than just on the ice.  When it comes to overall greatness for the Bruins organization, that is where Schmidt shines.
Conclusion

There are so many players would could have made it on the list.  Older players such as Eddie Shore, Johnny Bucyk, and Ken Hodge could have a place.  More modern players like Cam Neely or Adam Oates were great in Black and Gold.  Current players like Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron are making a case to be considered someday.  But to me, the four I have picked mean the most to the Bruins organization as a whole.

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Sean Couturier is off to a flat-out ridiculous start, but there’s more to it than that as he settles in as the Flyers’ No. 1 center.

Just 24-years-old, the former QMJHL star with the Drummondville Voltigeurs is now in his sixth NHL season and enjoying a breakout performance on the ice—offensively that is.

Since breaking the Flyers’ opening night roster way back in 2011 as a 19-year-old, Couturier has been a rock defensively for the club as evidence by his career 40.9% offensive zone start percentage. He’s finished in the top 10 in Selke Trophy voting—given annually to the forward who demonstrates the most still in the defensive component of the game—twice since entering the league (2013-14, 2015-16).

But though he spent the better part of his first five seasons as a shutdown center for the Flyers, it wasn’t just because Couturier excelled in his own end instinctively, it was also because the Flyers had a glut of centers in the organization that clouded things.

In his rookie year of 2011-12, there was Claude Giroux, Daniel Briere, Maxime Talbot, Brayden Schenn and Couturier all vying for center ice time. Though everyone save for Giroux could split some action on the wing, it wasn’t like the rookie from the QMJHL was going to get top-six minutes and ample offensive opportunities. He finished the year with 27 points (13G, 14A) while starting 60% of his shifts in the defensive zone.

After two years and middling success with young guys like Schenn and Couturier spending time at center, the Flyers went out and signed Vincent Lecavalier to a large deal in free agency to be their No. 2 center behind Giroux, or so they hoped. Instead, the former Tampa Bay star flamed out, scoring just 58 points in 133 games in a Flyers uniform in parts of two seasons.

Perhaps the bigger issue with the failed Lecavalier era was that the veteran stole potentially valuable ice time away from guys like Schenn, Couturier and then Scott Laughton in all situations. The experiment failed and could have delayed the development of those young centers as offensive opportunity went to the veteran over the youngsters.

It’s no surprise that the following year sans Lecavalier showed the beginning of the rise of Couturier.

In 2015-16, Couturier saw his offensive zone starts climb from to 43.4% from 40.1% and post a career-high with a 52.4% Corsi For (about 4% better than his career rate to that point). His possession numbers weren’t a fluke, either, as evidence by his 2.1% Corsi For relative to his teammates. He tied his career-high with 39 points (11G, 28A) and was a plus player for the fourth time in five years.

But with 34 points (14G, 20A) it didn’t turn out that way, not at least in terms of putting up the production of the legitimate #2 center that the Flyers desperately needed.

While he didn’t break the 40-point barrier and venture into that top-six caliber center stage in terms of points last season, Couturier posted a career-high 54.5% Corsi For and nearly doubled his Corsi For% relative. Though the goals and assists weren’t there, the corner was already turned. He just needed more opportunity.

With depth down the middle thanks to No. 2 overall pick Nolan Patrick, Scott Laughton’s strong AHL play a year ago, and the acquisition of veteran Valtteri Filppula, the Flyers suddenly had another glut of centers heading into this season.

That’s when an experiment in camp saw Claude Giroux moved to the wing of…you guessed it: Sean Couturier. Jake Voracek would occupy the other wing to form the Flyers’ new-look top line. Though there were some growing pains in the preseason (Looking at you, G) the trio was dangerous offensively from the get-go and the experiment moved from infancy stages to full-blown reality.

Though 15 games the line has amassed 53 points (20G, 33A) to form one of the NHL’s top scoring lines. Couturier has been the beneficiary of playing with top skilled passers, notching nine goals already, just six away from his career-high of 15. That’s a cool 49-goal pace if you’re scoring at home. He’s also up to a career-best 45.7% offensive zone start percentage and a 53% Corsi For percentage.

Sure his shooting percentage (19.6%) will likely come down, but he’s getting the best chances he’s ever had in his young career playing with a pair of all-stars, and at the end of the day one of them has to shoot the puck right?

Sean Couturier is having a career-year offensively for the Flyers—and while its taken six years—the potential was always there and it’s all happening now right in front of our eyes.

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A 1-2-1 road trip, a 1-4-2 season record. The bottom lines for the Buffalo Sabres aren’t pretty at this point.

The team’s uneven jaunt to the West Coast ended late Tuesday night with a 5-4 overtime loss to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, a game that saw the Sabres wipe out a 4-1 deficit in the final 10 minutes of regulation.

It was a mostly disappointing performance that left coach Phil Housley stewing. And it was even more of a surprise, given how the team’s play had gotten appreciably better on the trip’s first three stops, culminating with Sunday’s 3-1 win in Anaheim.

“We had a chance to build on something and I know this is a process but the process was a little broken tonight,” Housley said after the contest in T-Mobile Arena. “The lack of preparation, accountability and urgency to start the game the way we finished was lacking.”

The Sabres took Wednesday off and will return to practice Thursday in HarborCenter. They host Vancouver Friday in KeyBank Center, with no real idea which version of their team will show up.

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A 1-2-1 road trip, a 1-4-2 season record. The bottom lines for the Buffalo Sabres aren’t pretty at this point.

The team’s uneven jaunt to the West Coast ended late Tuesday night with a 5-4 overtime loss to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, a game that saw the Sabres wipe out a 4-1 deficit in the final 10 minutes of regulation.

It was a mostly disappointing performance that left coach Phil Housley stewing. And it was even more of a surprise, given how the team’s play had gotten appreciably better on the trip’s first three stops, culminating with Sunday’s 3-1 win in Anaheim.

“We had a chance to build on something and I know this is a process but the process was a little broken tonight,” Housley said after the contest in T-Mobile Arena. “The lack of preparation, accountability and urgency to start the game the way we finished was lacking.”

The Sabres took Wednesday off and will return to practice Thursday in HarborCenter. They host Vancouver Friday in KeyBank Center, with no real idea which version of their team will show up.

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It’s the conundrum of the early portions of the Sabres’ season. They skated well and had 45 shots on goal in their season-opening shootout loss to Montreal. Then they got pounded by the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, giving up six goals in back-to-back games.

Out West, some elements of the Sabres’ game fell apart from time to time. Defensemen struggled. The penalty kill went 0 for 3 in Los Angeles, including the game-winning goal that came with two minutes left. But General Manager Jason Botterill liked some of the perseverance he saw as well.

“Our compete level and response to getting on the road was very good,” Botterill told The News prior to Tuesday’s game. “We had opportunities in San Jose and LA to win games but didn’t get the results. Our play was going in a positive direction even though it was a difficult loss on Saturday in LA.

“The fact that Phil and the players were able to rebound and stay focused for the game on Sunday showed some mental toughness in the group and we were certainly happy to get that win.”

The Sabres found more of that toughness in Vegas, getting two of their three power-play goals to spark the comeback and finally tying the game on Evander Kane’s goal with 8.9 seconds left in regulation.

“We can’t take periods off and shifts off,” Kane said afterward. “We just played the way we need to play. Unfortunately it took until the third period to get in the right mindset as a group.

“Put pucks on net, to forecheck with five, to get our ‘D’ to get aggressive. We basically played in the zone the entire period, when we were moving our feet and not being slow like we were in the second.”

The Sabres outshot Vegas, 17-6, in the third period. Kane finished with a three-point night to push his season total to 10, which entered Wednesday two off the league-leading total of 12 shared by Tampa Bay teammates Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.

“Phil has spent a lot of time trying to develop relationships with Evander and some of the core players and that’s been paying off,” Botterill said. “From day one of training camp, Evander has been great. You’re seeing what he’s capable of in all aspects of the game. He’s been doing everything the coaching staff has asked him.”

Well, maybe not everything. Kane had a run of penalties in Los Angeles and Anaheim that included his offensive zone trip with 2:04 left that led to the Kings’ game-winning goal four seconds later.

The Sabres’ solid victory over the Ducks made them the second-last team in the league to get a win this year and Botterill said he felt the team needed to see some rewards with its play.

“You’re excited for Phil and the players,” he said. “Phil has talked to them about things that need to improve and you want them to be rewarded for their response. Frankly, it was a relief to people within the organization. The fact that they’re listening to Phil is really good. There’s a buy-in but you have to get the results.”

Botterill is still in observation mode with his team, even as it lingers in the bottom three clubs of the NHL’s overall standing. Zach Bogosian has yet to play in a game this season and his injury has hampered the defense. Jacob Josefson and Zemgus Girgensons were lost in the last two games on the road for undetermined periods, leading to the recall of Justin Bailey, who scored the first goal in Anaheim.

Botterill has taken a conservative approach with the Sabres’ roster, keeping Bailey in Rochester to start the season along with fellow prospects like Nick Baptiste and Brendan Guhle. None of them showed much at training camp, other than the need for more AHL seasoning, but it could have been tempting to simply keep them in the NHL over the likes of Josefson, Seth Griffith or Matt Tennyson.

“You’re not just hoping they play in the National Hockey League. You’re hoping they play a bigger role,” Botterill said. “To me, there’s such a focus on making a team opening night. We put too much of an emphasis on that in this sport right now. You look back at the end of the year and I want to see your total contribution to Buffalo over the season.

“I give a guy like Justin Bailey credit. He went down and gave our team a spark the first night there with two goals. The challenge is to maintain that intensity and level of play.”

The same can be said for the entire team.