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Canisius College graduate Mike Harrington began his career at The News in 1987. He has covered the Buffalo Bisons since the 1988 opening of Coca-Cola Field, Major League Baseball since 1995 and the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series -- including 18 World Series -- and was a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. He became a voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017 and is the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Harrington previously covered Big 4 college basketball for 15 seasons and was a Top 25 voter for 10 years.


A 1-2-1 road trip, a 1-4-2 season record. The bottom lines for the Buffalo Sabres aren't pretty at this point. The team's uneven jaunt to the West Coast ended late Tuesday night with a 5-4 overtime loss to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, a game that saw the Sabres wipe out a 4-1 deficit in the final 10 minutes of regulation. It was a mostly disappointing performa…

LAS VEGAS -- For most of the night, this one came under the heading of What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas. The Buffalo Sabres were best advised to leave this trashy performance out West and not bring it home with them. They were in a 4-1 hole midway through the third period and had been thoroughly outplayed by the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. But boosted by thei…

LAS VEGAS -- The Buffalo Sabres had rolled snake eyes most of the night. But in the last 10 minutes of the third period, they erupted for three goals to wipe out a 4-1 deficit and force overtime against the Vegas Golden Knights. The stunning comeback assured the Sabres of a point. But in the end, Vegas pulled out a 5-4 victory on David Perron's wrist shot with 1:08 left…

LAS VEGAS — Veteran winger Kyle Okposo returned to the Buffalo Sabres' lineup Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights after missing the previous two games due to the flu. He said it was a relief to escape the throes of his bug and regain some of the weight he's lost. "Basically sitting in a hotel room for 2 1/2 straight days is not good stuff," Okposo said afte…

LAS VEGAS — Former No. 1 draft pick Alexander Nylander has been off the ice since he was injured in the Sabres' first prospect game in mid-September. He missed all of training camp, derailing any hope of him cracking the NHL lineup. Now he's missed the start of the season in Rochester too. But Nylander is getting closer to a return to the ice and a start to his season…

LAS VEGAS -- The Buffalo Sabres are on their first trip to Sin City and get down to business Tuesday night, closing their four-game road trip with their first meeting against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. The Sabres (1-4-1) are coming off Sunday's 3-1 win in Anaheim while Vegas improved to 4-1 with a 3-1 win here over Boston. It's a 10 p.m. start on MSG and WGR Ra…

LAS VEGAS -- After missing the last two games due to illness, Kyle Okposo will be back in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights. The veteran winger said it was a relief to escape the throes of his flu bug and regain some of the weight he's lost. "Basically sitting in a hotel room for 2 1/2 straight days is not good stuff," Okposo said…

LAS VEGAS — The two former Buffalo Sabres who are members of the Vegas Golden Knights say their experience with the NHL's newest expansion team has been a whirlwind from the day they were drafted in June. Winger William Carrier and defenseman Brayden McNabb were both taken by Vegas in the expansion draft, Carrier from the Sabres and McNabb from the Los Angeles Kings. …

LAS VEGAS — The sign is in every travel brochure you see for Sin City. "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" is its simple greeting as tourists walk up to take pictures and cars whiz by heading down Las Vegas Boulevard to The Strip. A beacon in the desert, the sign has a much deeper meaning these days. It's become the site of the unofficial memorial for the lives …

SUMMERLIN, Nevada — The two former Buffalo Sabres who are members of the Vegas Golden Knights say their experience with the NHL's newest expansion team has been a whirlwind from the day they were drafted in June. Of course, it's taken on a much deeper meaning this month in the wake of the mass shooting Oct. 1 that took place less than a mile from T-Mobile Arena. Wi…

SUMMERLIN, Nevada — It took a review by the National Hockey League but Sabres forward Sam Reinhart officially has his first goal of the season. The NHL has changed the scoring on the game-winning goal from Sunday's 3-1 victory in Anaheim, crediting the goal to Reinhart on an assist from Benoit Pouliot with 31.3 seconds left in the second period. Reinhart said after th…

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The final seconds were ticking off the Honda Center clock Sunday night and Phil Housley was able to escape coach mode and allow himself a smile. Housley reached out to shake the hand of associate coach Davis Payne, who made sure to wait for the final horn before giving Housley an enthusiastic shake back. Housley then turned to his left. First-year NHL…

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- That ugly 0-fer is off Phil Housley's resume as an NHL head coach. And it's gone from the Buffalo Sabres' win column in the standings as well. The Sabres got their first victory of the season -- and the first of Housley's career as a bench boss -- as they squeezed out a 3-1 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks Sunday night in Honda Center. Benoit Pouliot…

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Miller spent a lonely hour on the ice Sunday morning in Honda Center, working with a couple of scratches and a couple of Anaheim Ducks assistant coaches. He's still waiting for his season to begin. The ex-Sabres star is 37 now, the backup to John Gibson on a team that once again has Stanley Cup aspirations. A wrist injury suffered early in train…

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Buffalo Sabres complete the season's first set of back-to-back games tonight in Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks. Buffalo dropped to 0-4-1 with Saturday's 4-2 loss in Los Angeles and is inching closer to the franchise record for slowest start to a season. The Sabres have gone through their first seven games without a win three times in thei…