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Sometimes players can learn a lot by sitting out and watching the game. They see things from a different perspective. They see different angles. But what they see from the press box isn’t what they can see on the ice. So the new view isn’t as helpful as one might think. “You get a different perspective watching,” said Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo, who …

William Carrier was his own worst enemy. The 22-year-old forward was experiencing pain in his knee. But he kept playing until it was so bad, he had to sit out. It was only supposed to be a few days, but it turned into a longer stint on the injury list. Then he tried to come back early, skating a bit too hard on his own. Cue the setback. Now, after missing 24 games…

Rasmus Ristolainen was given a three-game suspension, announced by NHL Player Safety, for his hit on on Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel in Tuesday's game in KeyBank Center. NHL Player Safety released its video three hours later. "Guentzel never touches the puck and is not eligible to be checked in any manner," the video says. "And while Ristolainen reasonably assumes…

The Washington Capitals' huge Metropolitan Division showdown with the Columbus Blue Jackets is Russian Heritage Night Thursday in Verizon Center and Caps star Alex Ovechkin will be the center of attention in the warmup, but not for his booming shots. Ovechkin will be wearing specially designed Bauer Vapor 1X skates produced recently in Western New York and they will be …

With three days between games, including an off-day on Wednesday, the Buffalo Sabres reassigned three players to Rochester. Forward Justin Bailey and defensemen Brady Austin and Casey Nelson were sent to the Amerks. Bailey has two goals and two assists in 32 games with the Sabres this season. He was on his fourth recall of the season. Austin made his NHL debut in …

The best way Brady Austin could describe his first NHL game was "surreal." It was, after all, the moment the 23-year old had been working toward his entire life. This was the goal from the time he put on skates and picked up a stick -- to play in the National Hockey League. For Austin, the experience had an extra bit of interest. His first NHL game was against Detroi…

Rasmus Ristolainen will have his day with the National Hockey League's discipline police. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman will have a hearing on Thursday in regards to his interference hit on Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel during the first period of Tuesday's 3-1 Penguins win in KeyBank Center. Ristolainen was called for a five-minute major and given a game misconduct at 8…

The Sabres lost to the Penguins Tuesday night, 3-1. But you're going to have to see Sidney Crosby's goal to believe it. More on Crosby's eventful night from our Mike Harrington: http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/21/mike-harrington-crosby-makes-major-entry-highlight-reel/?utm_campaign=puma&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1490183021

When the tribute videos are running at the close of his career and the Hall of Fame montage is on display to celebrate his greatness, we will relive the goal we saw Sidney Crosby score Tuesday night in KeyBank Center. It will be on an endless loop as one of the most ridiculous of No. 87's career. Roll out all your descriptives. Any of them would apply. A one-handed b…

Rasmus Ristolainen likes to hit people. He had a big one lined up. It cost him most of one game. It could cost him more. After getting kicked out of Buffalo’s 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh, Ristolainen will wait to see if the NHL’s Department of Player Safety wants to have a few words with him. It’s possible after he concussed the Penguins’ Jake Guentzel. “He…

It takes more than one goal to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins. The way things are going for the Sabres, they were fortunate to get one. Buffalo's scoring slump continued Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to the Penguins. The Sabres have scored just six goals in the past five games – and four have come on the power play. Buffalo failed to connect on its only power-play chance in …

There will always be gratitude for Buffalo from Chad Ruhwedel. The defenseman signed as an undrafted free agent with the Sabres after three seasons of college hockey with UMass-Lowell. He found success in the American Hockey League but a healthy Sabres’ blue line kept him in Rochester. After four seasons in the Sabres’ organization and just 33 NHL games he was read…

We are on hand as the Buffalo Sabres host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. Be sure to read Five Things to Know about the game here at [BN] Hockey. Live updates and observations from our team, along with selected other accounts, are below. Tweets from https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/sabres-coverage !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p…

Ted Nolan is continuing to make communities stronger. The former Sabres coach has donated $100,000 to Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. The money from the Ted Nolan Foundation will be used for two yearly scholarships worth $2,500 each. The donations, known as the Rose Nolan Scholarship in honor of Nolan’s mother, will go to First Nations women who accomplishi…