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John Vogl

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


BOSTON – Before Ryan O'Reilly celebrated his game-winning goal – a victory the Sabres needed so badly that they actually celebrated twice – he was angry. He was peeved at himself. He was upset at Boston's Zdeno Chara. O'Reilly showed it. After failing to score on a point-blank chance, he got into a wrestling match with Chara, the Bruins' 6-foot-9, 250-pound captai…

BOSTON – Maybe the Sabres' key to getting points is falling into a 4-1 hole. For the second time in five days, Buffalo erased the three-goal deficit to force overtime. The team scored three straight goals, including two in the third period, to tie Boston on Saturday night. Unlike Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss in Vegas, the Sabres won, 5-4. Ryan O'Reilly scored with 2…

BOSTON – Jason Pominville had just been penalized for a faceoff violation, and he quickly started a discussion with the officials. He looked angry. In reality, the Sabres forward just wanted to know what he did wrong. The crackdown on faceoff violations continues to be a work in progress for NHL players and officials. Judging by Pominville's comments, the adjustmen…

BOSTON – Less than 24 hours after a brutal loss to Vancouver, the Sabres are back at it. Here are Three Things to Know as Buffalo visits Boston on Saturday in TD Garden (7 p.m., MSG, WGR-AM 550). 1. Rebound expected It wasn't easy to watch Friday's 4-2 loss to Vancouver the first time, but coach Phil Housley reviewed the film again. It still wasn't easy. "Whe…

As a native of Trumbull, Conn., it was a given that James Misercola would gravitate toward hometown legend Chris Drury. Throw in the fact that Misercola's father is from Amherst, and he was destined to be a Sabres fan. "For better or worse," Misercola said. The joy and angst felt by the 20-year-old is shared with countless others across the country. He has provided t…

BOSTON – The Sabres' banged-up defense is getting another reinforcement. The Sabres have called Zach Redmond up from Rochester. Acquired from Montreal in exchange for Nicolas Deslauriers prior to the season, this is the 29-year-old's first time with the Sabres. Redmond has a goal and three points in four games with Rochester this season. He is tied for the team lea…

Eight games. It took Marco Scandella only eight games to learn what Sabres fans have been saying for years. "We need more pride in this dressing room," the defenseman said Friday night. Scandella sincerely meant it. The offseason acquisition was clearly embarrassed by the 4-2 loss to Vancouver, a defeat that was way worse than the score would indicate. He shuffled an…

The Sabres didn't catch a break Friday. They didn't really deserve one. Vancouver skated into KeyBank Center for its second game in two nights, and it thoroughly outplayed the rested Sabres to pick up a 4-2 victory. Buffalo fell to 1-5-2 in its forgettable start to the season. The Canucks outshot the Sabres, 41-22, and had a 36-10 lead late in the second period. A…

After an up-and-down road trip, the Sabres are home again. Here are Five Things to Know as Vancouver visits KeyBank Center on Friday (7 p.m., MSG, WGR-AM 550). 1. Fully completely The Sabres finished with a strong third period during Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss in Vegas, but coach Phil Housley was critical of a lackadaisical start. It won't be acceptable Friday. …

The Sabres' battered lineup is getting a reinforcement. Buffalo has recalled defenseman Taylor Fedun from Rochester. To make room on the roster, the Sabres have placed center Jacob Josefson on injured reserve. The Sabres practiced with six defensemen Thursday. Josh Gorges is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, while Zach Bogosian (lower body) and Justin Falk (undisc…

As the Sabres wrapped up practice Thursday, they gathered in a circle at center ice. Coach Phil Housley noticed someone was missing. He quickly shouted to emergency goaltender Ryan Vinz, who not only joined the group but was pushed to the center of the circle. "Our backup to the backup to the backup," Housley said with a smile in KeyBank Center. "It was all in fun. H…

Rasmus Ristolainen took a general approach. "I've just got to get better," the Sabres defenseman said Thursday. "That's it. I don't think I find one area that's been good all the time, but it's just all-around. I've got to just be better everywhere." Phil Housley, after a quick compliment, was more specific. "Risto has done a terrific job," the coach said in KeyBa…

Ryan O'Reilly says he's ready to make an impact. After a forgettable start, the Sabres center has points in two straight games, including his first goals of the season. He scored twice during Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Vegas, giving him two goals and four points in seven games. He had no goals and one assist in the opening five. "Every year you've got to reinv…

As the Sabres wrapped up practice Thursday, they gathered in a circle at center ice. Coach Phil Housley noticed someone was missing. He quickly shouted to emergency goaltender Ryan Vinz, who not only joined the group but was pushed to the center of the circle. "Our backup to the backup to the backup," Housley said with a smile in KeyBank Center. "It was all in fun. H…

The Sabres' injury list is getting longer and longer. Buffalo returned to practice Thursday following a four-game road trip, and six players were absent. Here's the rundown: Goaltender Robin Lehner: "He's feeling a little bit under the weather, so we'll see about tomorrow," said coach Phil Housley, whose team hosts Vancouver on Friday. Center Jacob Josefson, who had …