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This is my 15th season writing about the Sabres for The Buffalo News.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sam Reinhart suffered through the embarrassing punishment, but the message was for everyone on the Sabres. Team policies are not optional. Reinhart watched all 60 minutes of Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Columbus from the bench. He barely budged in Nationwide Arena after being late to a meeting in the team hotel, a source told The Buffalo News. “Earlie…

COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Sabres outshot Columbus, 41-29. They spent extended stretches in the Blue Jackets' zone. They learned why Sergei Bobrovsky should win the Vezina Trophy and might be the NHL MVP. The Columbus goaltender made 40 saves Tuesday night to deal the Sabres a 3-1 loss in Nationwide Arena. Bobrovsky improved to 41-13-5, including 10-0-2 in his last 12 dec…

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Sabres are expanding their Fan Appreciation celebration. In addition to the annual season-ending event, Buffalo will reward families and users of smartphone apps. The Sabres will hold Family Appreciation Day on Sunday for the 3 p.m. game against the New York Islanders. There will be a family-focused party in Alumni Plaza outside KeyBank Center beg…

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kyle Okposo just returned to the Sabres’ lineup, but he’s leaving it again. The right winger is ill and not expected to dress in Tuesday’s visit to Columbus. Coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday that Evander Kane will skate next to Ryan O’Reilly, William Carrier will also move up the lineup and Nicolas Deslauriers will play after sitting five straigh…

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Sabres are expanding their Fan Appreciation celebration. In addition to the annual season-ending event, Buffalo will reward families and users of smartphone apps. The Sabres will hold Family Appreciation Day on Sunday for the 3 p.m. game against the New York Islanders. There will be a family-focused party in Alumni Plaza outside KeyBank Center begin…

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hot teams. Hotter goalies. Here are Five Things to Know as the Sabres visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. 1. Teams are rolling Buffalo improved to 4-1 in its last five games Monday with a 4-2 victory over Florida. Brian Gionta scored in his 1,000th NHL game. http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/27/sabres-stay-course-honor-captain/ …

Dmitry Kulikov knew his 500th game was coming. He just didn’t think it was Saturday. “I thought I was 10, 15 away from 500,” Kulikov said. “It was a good surprise and a good 500.” Forget good. Compared to the rest of the season, it was an incredible, fantastic, extraordinary 500. After an injury-plagued season that featured just one goal and one assist i…

Steve Bartlett, like many Rochester hockey people, was looking forward to the game. Two kids with a real shot to make the NHL were about to take the ice. On the other team was Brian Gionta. Talented player, people said, but too small to go anywhere. After two periods, the team with the prospects was up, 5-1. “Third period came, and Brian just completely took con…

Dmitry Kulikov knew his 500th game was coming. He just didn’t think it was Saturday. “I thought I was 10, 15 away from 500,” Kulikov said. “It was a good surprise and a good 500.” Forget good. Compared to the rest of the season, it was an incredible, fantastic, extraordinary 500. After an injury-plagued year that featured just one goal and one assist in …

With both arms and one leg up during an emphatic celebration, Jack Eichel glided toward the boards. All he saw were Maple Leafs fans. His punch of the glass told them they were in the wrong place on the wrong night. “When you see that many Toronto people down here watching their team, it was almost like they overtook our building a little bit,” Eichel said Saturd…

They came. They saw. They went home depressed. Again. Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs helped make KeyBank Center a rollicking place Saturday night, but Buffalo backers had the most fun – as usual. The Sabres repeatedly lifted their fans out of the seats with a 5-2 victory. Buffalo improved to 18-2-1 in its last 21 home games against the Maple Leafs. The Sabres a…

Buffalo. Toronto. “Hockey Night in Canada.” Here are Five Things to Know as the rivals meet Saturday night in KeyBank Center. 1. Sabres need to make a stand Buffalo is just 4-9-2 in its last 15 games, including 2-3-2 at home. With eight games left, starting goaltender Robin Lehner wants to see his teammates play with purpose. “We’ve got to play for our …

One day after the NHL delivered its verdict on Rasmus Ristolainen, the Sabres responded with a verdict of their own. “It’s an overreaction,” goaltender Robin Lehner said Friday. Not surprisingly, Buffalo was disappointed and frustrated to see Ristolainen get a three-game suspension for hitting Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel. “I didn’t expect anything,” R…

It’s been way too long, but the fans in KeyBank Center will finally be part of a late-season playoff push. Alas, it will only be the fans wearing Toronto jerseys. Oh, the indignity. The Sabres will probably feel like the road team Saturday night when the surging Maple Leafs invade downtown. Toronto fans have tried to impose their will when the Leafs were bad. Now t…