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CHICAGO – Two games tied through 45 minutes. Two third-periods busts. Two losses.The Buffalo Sabres were in position to spoil the Chicago Blackhawks’ home opener Saturday night but gave up four goals in the final 15 minutes as the Hawks cruised to a 6-2 win before a raucous United Center crowd of 22,012.The Sabres were outshot for the game, 47-23, but the mar…

The guys in the Sabres’ dressing room don’t get much bigger than Chris Stewart and Marcus Foligno. Weighing a combined 454 pounds, the linemates have the ability to intimidate defensemen who see Stewart barreling down the right wing and Foligno closing in on the left.The duo has been together since the opening day of training camp. If Foligno has his way, the…

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Terry and Kim Pegula own the Bills, Sabres, Bandits and HarborCenter. They'll need an online headquarters for their empire. It's already here. Though the website has not been officially announced yet, The Buffalo News has discovered that Pegula Sports & Entertainment is already in command of OneBuffalo.com. The phrase "one Buffalo," in colors representing the Bills a…

Tyler Ennis can't help but smile when he thinks back to the 2008 NHL Draft. He and his family flew to Ottawa from their home in Edmonton, and they spent two summer days touring Canada's capital and dining in its restaurants. The journey became unforgettable when the Buffalo Sabres drafted him in the first round. "It was one of the best moments of my life, for sure," Ennis…

After watching Sam Reinhart get bounced around during the opener, Sabres coach Ted Nolan decided to put the center with the big boys. Reinhart skated in the middle of wingers Chris Stewart and Marcus Foligno during today's practice in First Niagara Center. If they remain a unit for Saturday's game in Chicago, the 18-year-old rookie will be flanked by guys averaging 6-foot…

The NHL Draft is returning to Buffalo. Commissioner Gary Bettman will be in town Monday to announce the 2016 selection process will be held that June in First Niagara Center. Bettman will make the announcement with Mayor Byron Brown. The Sabres last hosted the draft in 1998 in the arena, which was then called Marine Midland Arena. The News first reported Bettman's appea…

Ted Nolan was asked Thursday morning about the similarities between his first tenure in Buffalo and the team he’s coaching this season. Roll back the clock 18 years, and the Sabres were woefully thin on talent and supposedly going nowhere under their first-year head coach.Nolan, more polished at age 56, talked about being older and having a better handle on his nerv…

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Nerves finally caught up to Sam Reinhart just before the puck dropped for his NHL debut. Jack Skille caught up to him about 10 minutes later, welcoming the rookie to the big leagues in rough fashion.Reinhart survived and hopes to eventually thrive.Aside from being the recipient of a big hit from Skille, Reinhart had a quiet opening night Thursday during the Sabres’ …

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Too hyped for opening night. Jittery and indecisive with the puck. Don’t forget overmatched in talent.Pick your reason. Any might apply. Ultimately, the Buffalo Sabres made far too many mistakes to survive in their season opener Thursday night.Badly outplayed but somehow locked in a tie game with the Columbus Blue Jackets with less than 10 minutes left, new captain …

Sam Reinhart, as usual, looks calm and composed. The son of an NHL player feels comfortable in the professional environment, and he acts that way. Ted Nolan isn't buying it as Reinhart heads into his NHL debut tonight. "He’s just a young kid, so I’m quite sure he'll have that controlled appearance on the outside," Nolan said. "Inside, he’ll be jumping around like a…

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Ted Nolan, who finds positivity in most any situation, also believes in symbolic gestures. He used one of his favorite symbols to begin the Sabres' season. At the start of Buffalo's first morning skate today, the coach stationed the players on the circle at center ice. He talked for a moment, then the players all skated together into a group hug. [bn_tweet url="https://t…

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There’ll be some buzz in Pegulaville tonight.One day after Terry Pegula won approval to become the new owner of the Buffalo Bills, Pegula’s Sabres open their 2014-15 season at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets.Terry and Kim Pegula are expected to be at the hockey game tonight, which should make for an especially exciting time for fans.Puck drop is 7 p.m.…

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Drew Stafford looks around the Buffalo Sabres’ dressing room now and doesn’t see many faces he grew up with. Paul Gaustad, Derek Roy and Tim Connolly are long gone. So are his two closest former friends on the team, Clarke MacArthur and Daniel Paille. And within the last two years, Ryan Miller, Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek were all sent packing.Stafford …

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Opening night, with its mix of pageantry, anticipation and optimism, is special. Ted Nolan knows it. More than that, he feels it.“I’m probably as fired up or more fired up than the players are,” the Sabres’ coach said of tonight’s opener against Columbus. “This is what we talked about all summer, prepared for all summer, and all of…

Buffalo Sabres fans attending tonight’s home opening game who want to avoid traffic congestion caused by construction near First Niagara Center are encouraged to park in city-owned facilities downtown, the City of Buffalo Parking Department says. Rates are $2 after 5 p.m. in the Turner Ramp, Perkins Drive next to City Hall; Fernbach Ramp, 200 Pearl St.; Main Place R…