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(Through Thursday night’s games. Most recent in parentheses)1.Anaheim Ducks. Getzlaf insists he broke no rules organizing Dec. 26 practice. Uh-huh. (2)2.Pittsburgh Penguins. Perron will score a little more than he did in Edmonton. (3)3.Chicago Blackhawks. Weak makeup call on Toews at end of Winter Classic. (1)4.Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos gets No. 20 in 38th game. …

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NEW YORK – If the NHL had a mercy rule, it would have enacted it. If this had been a boxing match instead of a hockey game, the ref would have stopped it.Alas, the Sabres had to play the second and third periods instead of catching the 8 p.m. Broadway shows.The New York Rangers needed only half a period to dismember the Sabres on Saturday night. It was a sharp, pain…

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NEW YORK -- Latvians got their wish. Zemgus Girgensons is an All-Star. The NHL on Saturday night announced the top vote-getters for the All-Star Game, and Girgensons topped the list of six automatic qualifiers. The Sabres center received 1,574,896 votes, earning him a spot in the two-day gala Jan. 24-25 in Columbus. Fans in the Latvian's homeland of 2 million went crazy …

Cross off one more member of the Buffalo Sabres’ Flu Patrol as defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen rejoined the team for Friday’s game against the Florida Panthers after missing the last two with illness.Ristolainen left the Dec. 27 win over the New York Islanders after just one period and had not played since, leaving a big hole on the Buffalo defense.He had playe…

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The Buffalo Sabres had a big list of bullet points for Friday’s game against the Florida Panthers. They were a wash on almost all of them.The result was a 2-0 yawner of a loss for Buffalo that disappointed a First Niagara Center full house of 19,070. It was the skidding Sabres’ third straight defeat and dropped them to 1-6-1 in their last eight games. They&#x…

Serving in Afghanistan for nine months, Army Sgt. Vincent Bartolomeo hasn’t been able to see many Buffalo Sabres games this season.But on Saturday night, the Western New York native and longtime Sabres fan finally will get that opportunity – and in style, too. Bartolomeo won a weekend trip to Manhattan to watch the Sabres face off against the New York Rangers…

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Ted Nolan knows no one wants to hear excuses. Handling adversity is part of professional sports.But as the Sabres’ coach continually fills out lineup cards without a captain, top defensemen or reliable forwards, excuses quickly turn into reality – the kind of reality that leads to a 1-5-1 slump.“The one thing you never want to do is have excuses and sa…

Jhonas Enroth's last act on the ice in 2014 was breaking his stick in half across the goal post and chucking it over the net. With 2015 underway, that frustration was so last year. "That was last year," Enroth said Thursday. "You’ve got to move forward with the new year here. It obviously wasn’t a good one. It was a tough one to get over last night, but I’m trying to loo…

Rasmus Ristolainen, who missed the last two games because of the flu, will be ready to return to the Sabres' lineup Friday when they host Florida. To clear up the overstocked blue line, the Sabres have sent defenseman Mark Pysyk back to Rochester. Pysyk played four games with Buffalo, scoring once. The 22-year-old was minus-2 in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Tampa.

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A high skill set and outgoing personality couldn’t help Mikhail Grigorenko overcome one of his biggest problems the previous two years – his age. It’s tough for most 18- and 19-year-olds to fit in. Grigorenko, who bounced from the NHL to juniors, found that out. Things are going much better this season. “I feel more comfortable around the guys and in the locker room,” th…

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Despite sitting near the bottom of the NHL, the Sabres have been impressive at giving the home fans reason to celebrate. On one of the biggest party nights of the year, the sellout crowd had to find its entertainment elsewhere.Unless, of course, some masochist is a fan of nonexistent offense and defensive breakdowns.Tampa Bay muzzled the Sabres and their fans Wednesday nig…

MONTREAL – Buffalo Sabres fans have to take a chill pill. Seriously. If you don’t get Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel – and there’s still 44 games and a lottery for that to shake out – the likely scenario is you’re going to get some other future star with what figures to be another top-5 pick.And then consider this point: You already…

Buffalo babies born at two Kaleida Health hospitals will again be welcomed to the world with a message from the Sabres. The Sabres announced Wednesday they will provide all newborns at Women and Children's Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban with a "Future No. 1 Draft Pick" Halo SleepSack Swaddle and a signed letter from team owner Terry Pegula. (Photo via HaloSleep…