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


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NEWARK, N.J. – No one had to tell Rasmus Ristolainen he was stuck on zero goals. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman knew it all too well. He also knew it presented an opportunity. The Sabres take center stage Monday at the Winter Classic, and the hockey world will be watching. Ristolainen figured he would step outside and get rid of his doughnut in dramatic fashion. He ce…

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NEWARK, N.J. – It's not easy to come back against the New Jersey Devils. The Buffalo Sabres became just the second team to do it. Then they won in an electric overtime Friday. Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first goal of the season with 2:23 left in a chance-filled OT, lifting the Sabres to a 4-3 victory. The goal stunned a Prudential Center crowd that saw its team bu…

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NEWARK, N.J. – This trip was meaningful for Jacob Josefson, and the Buffalo Sabres knew it. So as they wrapped up practice in his old arena, they sent him to center ice to lead the stretch and give a pep talk. "I just told the guys we had to win," Josefson said. Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils was Josefson's first trip to Prudential Center as a visitor. D…

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NEWARK, N.J. – This trip is meaningful for Jacob Josefson, and the Buffalo Sabres know it. So as they wrapped up practice in his old arena, they sent him to center ice to lead the stretch and give a pep talk. "I just told the guys we had to win," Josefson said. Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils is Josefson's first trip to Prudential Center as a visitor. Dra…

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NEW YORK – The Sabres play their biggest game of the season Monday with the Winter Classic. They certainly can't look past Friday's matchup. Here are Five Things to Know as Buffalo visits the New Jersey Devils in Newark, N.J. 1. Devils like it hot New Jersey is in first place in the Metropolitan Division with a 22-9-5 record. The Devils are closing a six-game home…

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NEWARK, N.J. – There won't be a blade of grass in the outfield. There will, however, be iconic New York City taxi cabs. The NHL is continuing to transform Citi Field as the Winter Classic approaches. The rink for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers is in place on the infield. The league is now working on the surrounding areas, including the outfield and the section …

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NEWARK, N.J. – Zemgus Girgensons is the Buffalo Sabres' hottest scorer. All it took was a move to Jack Eichel's wing. The Sabres might need to play Eichel on every line. An inability to score continues to frustrate Buffalo. The Sabres played one of their more complete games of the season Wednesday against the New York Islanders, and their average goal output actually…

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NEW YORK – There won't be a blade of grass in the outfield. There will, however, be iconic New York City taxi cabs. The NHL is continuing to transform Citi Field as the Winter Classic approaches. The rink for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers is in place on the infield. The league is now working on the surrounding areas, including the outfield and the section behi…

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NEW YORK – Just what Buffalo fans needed. Another replay review. Unlike the Bills' controversial "incomplete pass" Sunday, the Sabres conclusively allowed a tying goal with 1:09 to play Wednesday. That didn't make the situation any easier for Robin Lehner. "I guess it's something in Buffalo waters, you know?" the goaltender said after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ne…

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NEW YORK – The New York Islanders typically engage in high-scoring games. They've scored the second-most goals in the NHL. They give up the most. The low-scoring Buffalo Sabres brought them to their level Wednesday night. Then the teams combined for three goals in the final nine minutes of play. Not surprisingly, the Islanders benefited most from the burst. Mathew…

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NEW YORK – Ryan O'Reilly didn't have the words to describe the birth of his first child. He didn't need any. The glow and smile said everything. "There's nothing like it," O'Reilly said Wednesday, four days after welcoming Jameson Keane O'Reilly to the world. "Seeing him born, I was bawling my eyes out watching this little person come to life and just seeing a little…

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BROOKLYN – Ryan O'Reilly didn't have the words to describe the birth of his first child. He didn't need any. The glow and smile said everything. "There's nothing like it," O'Reilly said Wednesday, four days after welcoming Jameson Keane O'Reilly to the world. "Seeing him born, I was bawling my eyes out watching this little person come to life and just seeing a little…

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BROOKLYN – The Christmas break is over. The run to the Winter Classic is starting. Here are Five Things to Know as the Buffalo Sabres visit the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. 1. A break from losing The three-day Christmas break allowed the Sabres to reset following Saturday's 4-2 loss in Carolina. After the game, Jack Eichel said the team lacked maturity a…

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Phil Housley knew what was going through people's minds. Here we go again. The Buffalo Sabres had no goals through 40 minutes Friday, making that five straight periods without the red light flashing in KeyBank Center. Point-blank chances went unrewarded, and it looked like the fifth shutout of the season and second in a row was on its way. In situations like that,…

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It's been a rough year for the Buffalo Sabres and their fans. In the last home game of 2017, they enjoyed a win together. The Sabres scored four times during the third period Friday, snapping a scoreless tie and pulling out a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia. The Sabres ended a three-game winless skid and improved to 9-19-7 overall and 5-10-2 in KeyBank Center. Robin Le…