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


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The Buffalo Sabres spent New Year's in New York, but it was a time of thanksgiving for coach Phil Housley. After the team practiced in Citi Field on Sunday, the opening question for Housley was about Jack Eichel and the Winter Classic stage. "First of all, I'd just like to thank the NHL because the ice surface was excellent," the coach said. After the 3-2 overtime…

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Stevie Moses joined the Rochester Americans with hopes of fulfilling his NHL dream. After it didn't work out, he headed back to the place that made him a scoring star. Moses, who was suspended indefinitely by the Amerks in late December for breach of contract, has resurfaced with Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League. Moses played for the Finnish team from 2012 to 20…

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The Sabres earned rave reviews for their Winter Classic jerseys. The ones used in the game are up for bid. The players' jerseys are being auctioned off at Auction.NHL.com, with proceeds to benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. The bidding opened at noon Monday and will run until 9 p.m. Jan. 14. As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the highest bid was for Jack Eichel's jersey at…

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NEW YORK – Sam Reinhart went through all of December without a goal. He opened January with one that jump-started the Buffalo Sabres. Given the drought and the stage, it was meaningful. "It was one of my better ones to see it go in in my life, for sure," Reinhart said after a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in the Winter Classic. The right winger had bee…

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NEW YORK – The Buffalo Sabres knew heading into the Winter Classic they were in for something special. They just weren't prepared for how big it is. Fireworks and fighter jets greeted their arrival in Citi Field. The crowd of nearly 42,000 roared for a circling bald eagle and the national anthem. "All that brings chills to your spine," center Jack Eichel said. For…

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NEW YORK – The Buffalo Sabres showed fire. In the end, it was the New York Rangers who made it appear. J.T. Miller scored on the power play with 2:17 left in overtime, lifting the Rangers to a 3-2 victory Monday in the Winter Classic. The home plate area of Citi Field exploded with plumes of fire following the goal. The Sabres are proving they're never out of it. Aft…

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NEW YORK –Brian Gionta is headed to South Korea. He won't be alone. Four players with Western New York connections are playing in the 2018 Olympics, USA Hockey announced Monday. Gionta, the former Buffalo Sabres captain from Rochester, will be joined on the men's team by Sabres prospect Will Borgen. Getzville's Emily Pfalzer of the Buffalo Beauts will play for the wo…

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NEW YORK – Robin Lehner put on one layer of clothes. Then another. And another. And another. "It's definitely cold out there," the Buffalo Sabres goaltender said after practicing outdoors Sunday in Citi Field. It was 16 degrees and sunny when the Sabres skated in the New York Mets' baseball stadium. That's one of the few things that has cooled Lehner, who has been ho…

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NEW YORK – As a group of New York Rangers fans walked near Madison Square Garden, they saw an ad for Monday's Winter Classic. They were not impressed by the Buffalo Sabres as the opponent. "Of all the Eastern Conference teams for them to play," one Rangers fan said. "I’d rather even see Carolina.” It was hard to blame them. Buffalo is 10-20-8, last in the Eastern Con…

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The noise, which sounded like children at a carnival and adults hitting the lottery, is audible to this day. Before we get to that sweet symphony, let's go back a week. A few things happened that caused people to hold their breath. It's why the exhale at the original Winter Classic was so amazing to hear. I had a rare shift covering the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 23, 2007…

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NEW YORK — Robin Lehner put on one layer of clothes. Then another. And another. And another. "It's definitely cold out there," the Buffalo Sabres goaltender said Sunday after practicing outdoors in Citi Field. It was 16 degrees and sunny when the Sabres skated in the New York Mets' baseball stadium. The brisk, windy weather was one of the few things that has cooled L…

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Here's a look at the Winter Classic "by the numbers," as provided by the NHL media relations department: 2 – The Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers will be making their second appearance in the NHL Winter Classic. Buffalo hosted the first one on Jan. 1, 2008, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 2-1 shootout in front of 71,217 fans in Ralph Wilson Stadium. New York d…

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NEW YORK – During weekends as a kid, Phil Housley told his mom to wake him up early. There were 10 outdoor rinks in South St. Paul, Minn., and Housley wanted to be the first one on them. "I remember a lot about being outside," the Buffalo Sabres coach said Saturday. "We had some really good ice surfaces, and there's nothing like being out there by yourself skating aroun…

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NEW YORK – Jack Eichel stared ahead from the corner of 31st Street and Seventh Avenue, snow and people swirling around him. A few blocks away, there he was again, stick in hand and in full Buffalo Sabres uniform. In both instances, he was the marquee player in ads for the Winter Classic. It's hard to walk anywhere in midtown Manhattan without seeing a sign for Monday's …

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NEW YORK – On weekends as a kid, Phil Housley told his mom to wake him up early. There were 10 outdoor rinks in South St. Paul, Minn., and Housley wanted to be the first one on them. "I remember a lot about being outside," the Buffalo Sabres coach said Saturday. "We had some really good ice surfaces, and there's nothing like being out there by yourself skating around. Y…