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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.


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This time, there was no snow job needed by Phil Housley. The Sabres really did play well Tuesday night in a full-marks, 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. There was such a good vibe in the dressing room after the game. Robin Lehner succinctly said that's how the Sabres should play every night. All for that. The praise was universal for the way Jake McCabe jumped …

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We're heading into winter but the promotional machine inside Coca-Cola Field never slows down and the Bisons are rolling out a new question today: Who should be the new racer to replace Celery in the nightly mascot race? https://twitter.com/BuffaloBisons/status/927952066236026880 Celery became the, ahem, stalk of the town all summer as it finally earned its long-awai…

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When you sketched out the Sabres' defense to start the season, it looked like this: First pair: Marco Scandella-Rasmus Ristolainen Second pair: Jake McCabe-Zach Bogosian Third pair: Nathan Beaulieu-Victor Antipin Ready if needed: Josh Gorges, Justin Falk, Taylor Fedun Of course, it hasn't worked out that way. Bogosian hasn't played a single game after being injure…

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The Sabres have called up Zach Redmond from Rochester and it appears it's because they have yet another injury on defense. Matt Tennyson was drilled on the foot by a Jack Eichel shot in practice on Monday and came on to the ice at KeyBank Center today to test the foot prior to the morning skate. He did not stay long, leaving before the team began its actual workout, and…

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Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos is stampeding, with NHL-best 18 assists and 24 points in 14 games. (1) 2. Los Angeles Kings. Healthy Quick (8-2-1, 1.99/.939) is biggest reason for 10-2-1 start that's best in franchise history. (2) 3. St. Louis Blues.  Rolling along even as Bouwmeester and Berglund have yet…

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The discussion about tanking never really goes away in these parts as long as the Sabres stay near the bottom of the NHL standings, and it got a new jolt Wednesday night when the Houston Astros wrapped up the first World Series title in their 56-year history just four seasons after they were 51-111. Pro-tankers are quick to hop on the Astros' bandwagon as a foolproof ex…

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The Sabres figure to have a big addition on defense Thursday night as 6-foot-5 Justin Falk will likely make his season debut in the game against the Arizona Coyotes. Falk has not played this season due to an undisclosed lower-body injury that flared up during the preseason. Falk played 52 games for the Sabres last season, collecting eight assists while playing the most …

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Think back five months, to that entertaining Stanley Cup final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators. Like any series, there were all kinds of subplots. Nashville fans — both inside and outside Bridgestone Arena — put on a show unlike any seen during the NHL's climactic event. P.K. Subban accused Sidney Crosby of saying he had bad breath. Predators goa…

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Just before practice opened Wednesday in HarborCenter, the Sabres announced they have recalled winger Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester and after the workout coach Phil Housley revealed Justin Bailey is battling a lower-body injury. Both players will be on the Sabres' upcoming road trip, which features games Thursday in Arizona and Saturday in Dallas. "We thought we'd…

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Robin Lehner knows what Tyrod Taylor has been going through. The quarterback in the NFL probably gets much of the blame for losses and too much of the credit for victories. You can make the same analogy about NHL goalies. "One hundred percent," Lehner told The Buffalo News Tuesday in KeyBank Center. "I've been following the Bills and a lot of people have been on him.…

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Four months ago, Phil Housley was an assistant coach as the Nashville Predators were in the Stanley Cup final. Now he's a first-year head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, a team that hasn't won a playoff series in 10 1/2 years and hasn't even played in one since 2011. The weight of that history is heavy as the Sabres went 3-7-2 in October with a roster that includes several…

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Memo to the Houston Astros: If you make the World Series again and Brian Duff walks through the gates of Minute Maid Park, expect a long night. Duff, the Sabres' host on MSG telecasts, is a diehard Astros fan from his days of idolizing Nolan Ryan. He attended Game Three of the 2005 Series, the Astros' 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox in 14 innings that took 5 hours, 47…

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The Sabres haven't played since Saturday's 3-2 loss to San Jose. They don't play again until Thursday night in Arizona. So the long break gave coach Phil Housley a chance to drive the club during practice Tuesday in HarborCenter. Housley opted against a training-camp style review of his team's objectives on the ice within a game. Instead, he pushed hard for 70 minutes o…

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The countdown clock for the start of the World Junior Championships is under two months, and the 2017-18 version of the tournament that starts the day after Christmas is going to look quite a bit different than the 2010-11 event that played to strong reviews here seven years ago. On the ice, one big difference is that lesser-profile games in pool play as well as contest…

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The Sabres have sent defenseman Zach Redmond back to Rochester, ostensibly clearing the way for Justin Falk to return to the lineup Thursday in Arizona. Coach Phil Housley said last week that Falk, who has yet to play this season, was close to returning. He practiced with the team at the end of last week and will likely be on the ice when the club hits the practice ice …