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No, Patrick Kaleta says, he did not punch himself in the head during a fight with Ottawa’s Jared Cowen on Monday.The video evidence, though – which has gone viral by appearing on national websites like Yahoo! and Sports Illustrated – would suggest otherwise.During a heavyweight bout in the first period against the Senators, Kaleta landed a straight lef…

OTTAWA – At home, the Buffalo Sabres have been sharp for the last six weeks in going 9-2 and beating several of the top teams in the NHL. They haven’t come close to translating that kind of play when they leave First Niagara Center.The Sabres produced one decent period and two poor ones Monday in Canadian Tire Centre and got what they deserved. The final anal…

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OTTAWA – Sabres defenseman Andrej Meszaros is finally feeling good about his game and he was in a very comfortable place Monday night, returning to the site of some of the best hockey of his career.Meszaros was a stalwart for the Ottawa Senators in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, the latter ending in the Stanley Cup final against Anaheim. Injuries have battered his…

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MONTREAL – University of Michigan forward Dylan Larkin had two goals and an assist in the United States’ 6-0 victory over Germany on Sunday night in the World Junior Championship.Hudson Fasching – a Buffalo Sabres prospect who plays for the University of Minnesota – had a goal and an assist. Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews and Sonny Milano also sco…

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Nicolas Deslauriers has been in the Buffalo Sabres organization for less than a year, so there’s still a lot of learning going on for all involved.One thing seems pretty certain: The Sabres have found a burly, on-the-edge winger who has some offensive skills.Heading into tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators in Canadian Tire Centre, Deslauriers has a thr…

Shootout struggles are a big topic in places where they’re costing teams points. The Detroit Red Wings are 1-7 in them this year and the Philadelphia Flyers were an NHL-worst 0-5. The New Jersey Devils are 2-19 the last two seasons.Then you have the Buffalo Sabres. They’re 6-1 in shootouts, tied with the New York Islanders for the best record in the NHL. And …

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A few days ago, out of the blue, rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov pulled Rob Ray to the side for a little discussion. “Bring your skates in,” Zadorov said. “We’re going to center ice, and I’m going to kick the living …” and, well, you know the rest. Ray laughed, of course. “It caught me off guard,” Ray said Sat…

Who knew getting the flu could be good news?Matt Moulson knows mumps is a trending word around the NHL as 21 players have contracted the disease. So when he got sick last weekend, his thoughts turned toward the worst.The Sabres tested their first-line left winger for mumps, but the results showed plain old influenza in his system. Moulson missed three games with the illnes…

It’s been 21 months since the Sabres began selling “the future.” As tends to happen when months go by and calendars go out of date, the future eventually becomes the present.That time is getting close in Buffalo.With last week’s promotion of Joel Armia, fans have seen all of the first-round prospects in the organization. In fact, they’ve …

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The Sabres and their sellout crowd were dead quiet and going through the motions as the clocked ticked toward what seemed like an inevitable loss. Buffalo had no momentum, no jump and 3-0 third-period deficit.When the Sabres tied the game with 8:09 left Saturday, the fans went nuts. When overtime ended with the game still tied, the First Niagara Center crowd of 19,070 deli…

Mikhail Grigorenko is back with the Sabres, and he's bringing a career-high assists mark with him. The center, recalled by Buffalo on Saturday afternoon because of injuries to Brian Gionta, Marcus Foligno and Torrey Mitchell, recorded three helpers Friday in Rochester. He'll look to continue the hot streak Saturday night when the Islanders visit First Niagara Center. Gri…

Matt Moulson knows mumps is a big word around the NHL. So when he got sick last Saturday, thoughts turned toward the worst. Who knew getting the flu would be good news? "Obviously, some precautions around the NHL sent me home, but luckily it was just the flu," said Moulson, who will return to the Sabres' lineup Saturday night against the Islanders after missing three gam…

Back in May, when New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow decided to keep his first-round pick and give his 2015 selection to the Sabres, folks in Buffalo figured that was just fine. Although New York had the No. 5 overall pick, many assumed the Islanders would remain bottom feeders and give Buffalo a high lottery chance for the most anticipated draft in years.Then t…

It's a holiday in Canada on Friday, and we're not talking about Boxing Day. The puck is ready to drop for the world junior championship, which is being held in Toronto and Montreal. Russia-Denmark and Czech Republic-Sweden will be the games Friday in Toronto, while United States-Finland and Slovakia-Canada will compete in Montreal. The games featuring the United States (…

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The last time the NHL and its players’ association hammered out a collective bargaining agreement, they extended the Christmas break. Formerly a two-day hiatus spanning Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the sides now get Dec. 26 off, too.Rather than gorge themselves on holiday leftovers, the following clubs should spend Boxing Day searching for ways to boost their st…