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John Vogl

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


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When Evander Kane turns on the charm, he owns the room. There was no doubt the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room belonged to him Wednesday. Kane knows he has to make the most of it while he can. As the minutes ticked toward Monday's NHL trade deadline and the left winger's inevitable departure, his megawatt smile and wit were on full display. Kane is among the most talke…

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It was a familiar script. The Buffalo Sabres fell behind, made a frantic push with a good third period but came up short. They usually talk about it being something to build off. It turns out the opponent learns things, too. As the Washington Capitals celebrated their 3-2 victory Monday afternoon, they looked back at the final 20 minutes. Buffalo opened the third in …

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The way Linus Ullmark sees it, it's better to have the slump now. If a team has wire-to-wire success, it's just setting itself up for failure in the playoffs. Every team needs a regular-season hiccup. The Rochester Americans are having theirs. The Amerks have won just three of their last 15 games, falling to 25-13-14 after holding a 23-8-7 record Jan. 12. Rochester i…

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Daylight come and the fans want to go home. Who would blame them? The Buffalo Sabres played another afternoon game Monday, and they lost another afternoon game. Washington left KeyBank Center with a 3-2 victory, dropping Buffalo to 0-6-1 during day games this season. The Sabres have been outscored, 30-12, during the matinees. The deficit is 24-6 during first and s…

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The way Linus Ullmark sees it, it's better to have the slump now. If a team has wire-to-wire success, it's just setting itself up for failure in the playoffs. Every team needs a regular-season hiccup. The Rochester Americans are having theirs. The Amerks have won just three of their last 15 games, falling to 25-13-14 after holding a 23-8-7 record Jan. 12. Rochester i…

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Linus Ullmark is back. Robin Lehner is out. The Buffalo Sabres recalled Ullmark from the Rochester Americans on Monday morning because Lehner is out with a lower-body injury. Lehner did not take part in Sunday's optional practice. He left a morning skate last week complaining of leg pain but he never missed a game. Lehner lasted only two periods Saturday, allowing fo…

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It's another afternoon game for the Buffalo Sabres. Uh-oh. Buffalo is 0-5-1 in day games this season. The next matinee comes Monday when Washington visits KeyBank Center for a 3 p.m. matchup. Someone should probably just tell the Sabres it starts at 1 p.m. While little went right for the Sabres in any of the day games – they've been outscored, 27-10 – the start…

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February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of African-American leaders in the United States. It's also "Hockey is for Everyone" month, an annual way for the NHL to promote its inclusiveness. Yet as Devante Smith-Pelly stood in Buffalo on Sunday and described the feeling of racial taunts being directed his way, it was again clear the United …

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It's another afternoon game for the Buffalo Sabres. Uh-oh. Buffalo is 0-5-1 in day games this season. The next matinee comes Monday when Washington visits KeyBank Center for a 3 p.m. matchup. Someone should probably just tell the Sabres it starts at 1 p.m. While little went right for the Sabres in any of the day games – they've been outscored, 27-10 – the start…

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The Rochester Americans are missing some of their key offensive catalysts. They'll be without a primary role player for the next two games. The American Hockey League has suspended forward Colin Blackwell for two games, starting with Sunday's visit by the Binghamton Devils. The league didn't announce the exact reason for the suspension (other than "supplementary discipl…

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The Sabres have the same conversations as the fans. How can they look good sometimes and be so atrociously awful the rest of the time? OK, they're obviously not as critical of their game as the fans are, but they do ask themselves similar questions when they're unlacing their skates or hanging out in the players' lounge. "We talk about it in the room," right wing Jas…

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Even the Sabres teams that were built to lose could beat the Los Angeles Kings in Buffalo. This edition couldn't. It barely even tried for the first 40 minutes. Buffalo had won eight straight games against the Kings in KeyBank Center, part of a 14-1-1 run that dates to December 1993. This group tossed that success into the Buffalo River, allowing Los Angeles to domin…

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The Sabres thought they were gaining traction, then they slipped in Ottawa. Here are Five Things to Know as they try to find solid ground Saturday afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings. 1. Attention to detail Buffalo had won three of four games heading in Ottawa on Thursday. Though the Sabres had the lead in the final minute before suffering a 3-2 overtime loss,…

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During the Buffalo Sabres' home games this month, the team is playing a fundraising commercial starring Ryan O'Reilly, Martin Biron, Sabretooth and a 5-year-old girl named Isabella Phelan. With a bow in her hair, she smiles throughout the ad for cancer-fighting "Bald for Bucks." The commercial is light-hearted, but it's taken on a sadder tone. Biron revealed Phelan has …

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The Los Angeles Kings arrived in Buffalo fresh off a big trade with more on the way as they aim for the NHL playoffs. Jordan Nolan is happy for his friends but disappointed in his last-place plight. "It's not fun," the Buffalo Sabres forward said Friday. "It's not fun losing this many games and being out of it so early." When the Sabres acquired Nolan from the Kings …