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Zemgus Girgensons doesn’t always score in shootouts. When he does, he makes sure it counts.The center lifted Buffalo to a 3-2 shootout victory over Detroit on Sunday, scoring the clinching goal as the Sabres’ final shooter. He deked right and went high to the left side against goaltender Jimmy Howard for his third shootout winner and second this season.He say…

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One of the more fun traditions in hockey comes after a victory at home. The players gather at center ice and raise their sticks to honor the fans, who salute the local favorites with one last hurrah before heading out the door.It’s a common occurrence in many places, but not in Buffalo. Heading into Sunday’s game against Detroit, the Sabres had won just once …

The Sabres seemed in line for a moral victory. For a team desperately looking for anything positive, that might have been enough.Then a real victory came along.The Sabres hung tight with Detroit from the opening faceoff to the final buzzer, and it paid off when Zemgus Girgensons scored in the shootout to give Buffalo a 3-2 victory. The Sabres improved to 3-9-1 by picking u…

The frustration level continues to grow for the Sabres, who host Detroit this afternoon. Buffalo is just 2-9-1 this season and 4-25-3 in the last 32 games. "It’s very frustrating," coach Ted Nolan said today in First Niagara Center. "It’s a simple fact that we have to work, and if we don’t work we’re in trouble. You could just keep repeating it, keep repeating it and keep…

PITTSBURGH – The Sabres look like they’re years away from competing for a playoff spot, let alone a Stanley Cup. That’s pretty much why Christian Ehrhoff wanted out after last season.Ehrhoff thought the Sabres were dealing him at the trade deadline and again over the summer. Neither of those scenarios played out but the Sabres surprised him by making h…

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PITTSBURGH – It’s pretty obvious a good bunch of the Buffalo Sabres have gotten the message, whether it’s from their owner or their fans or anyone in between, that losing is acceptable and not something to be accountable for.The Sabres played Washington Generals to the Harlem Globetrotting of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the second half of a 5-0 loss S…

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The question to Tim Murray was simple: How are you?“Terrible,” came his quick reply.With that, it became clear the Sabres’ general manager had agonized over Friday’s decision to send Sam Reinhart back to juniors. Murray was rooting for the No. 2 overall draft pick to stay in Buffalo. Once the games started, the GM never leaned toward keeping Rei…

Tyson Strachan was behind the pace at the start of the Sabres’ last game. That’s to be expected from a guy who’d played just once in 10 games.The defenseman should be up to speed tonight in Pittsburgh. He’ll be playing in his second straight. Strachan is expected to again replace struggling Andrej Meszaros on the Buffalo blue line.“Obviou…

Sam Reinhart's time in Buffalo is up. The Sabres announced this morning they are sending the second overall draft pick back to Kootenay of the Western Hockey League. The 18-year-old had no goals and one assist during his nine-game tryout with the Sabres. "It’s an emotional day," General Manager Tim Murray said in First Niagara Center. "I told him you’re my first first-ro…

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Sam Reinhart has much to prove as an NHL player, but give the kid credit for this much: He already has mastered the art of politely answering questions without providing any real insight. Then again, what was the rookie center to say Thursday about his then uncertain future? Reinhart is 18 years old. He lacks the maturity and experience – not to mention confidence a…

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Optimists in Sabreland could look at Thursday’s game against Boston and see a few things to like. The power play finally scored. The Sabres added to their point total for the third time.Pessimists have more evidence to add to their cause. The Sabres gave up the tying goal with 5:30 left. They got outshot, 37-15.Realists know Buffalo needs to play a near-perfect game…

The Sabres are about to determine the future of one junior-eligible player. Questions remain about the other one.Sam Reinhart played the final game of his nine-game tryout Thursday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Boston. His entry-level contract kicks in with a 10th game, so Buffalo General Manager Tim Murray must decide whether to keep the No. 2 overall draft pick or send him b…