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The Buffalo Sabres are treading water, trying not to sink into the basement of the NHL standings. In the words of Vito Corleone: How did things ever get this far? Before the season, we polled a panel of NHL media figures around the league for their opinions on the team. Now, after the All-Star break, we revisited some of our panelists to get their take on the struggling…

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TAMPA, Fla. — Auston Matthews was asked Sunday night if his pointing "good-goal" celebration has a name. He thought about it quickly and came up with The Referee. Perfect. Matthews and close friend Jack Eichel concocted the signature moment of Sunday's NHL All-Star Game in the wake of the NHL's continued absurdity with replay challenges. It was hilarious and put anot…

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TAMPA, Fla. — Jack Eichel had three points Sunday as the Atlantic Division beat the Metropolitan, 7-4, in one semifinal at the NHL All-Star Game in Amalie Arena. But the Buffalo Sabres center, one of the game's standouts on the ice, also scored huge points on the humor scale with his goal celebration. Eichel snapped a 4-4 tie on a goal with 3:20 to play and it came s…

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he has not had a chance to talk with Sabres coach and former Predators assistant Phil Housley much this year because the teams have yet to meet. But Laviolette has been following the struggles of Housley's new team. "I know he's a great coach and he'll figure it out," Laviolette said. "They've won some games recently …

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Come Monday night, two of the Buffalo Sabres' trio of first-round draft picks from 1982 will be members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. One is current head coach Phil Housley, who became an honored member in 2015. The other is Dave Andreychuk, who will accept induction during this year's annual ceremony in Toronto. Housley's reaction: "Well, Scotty must have known something…

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You wonder if the NHL and NBC have buyer's remorse on the Winter Classic right about now. The Rangers and the Sabres will be bringing a New York State of Mind to New Year's Day in Citi Field, but will anyone care to watch them by Jan. 1? Both teams entered their games Saturday 1-5-2 (and then both won). The Sabres had been outscored, 32-20, and the Rangers by 30-20. The…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – How did you spend your summer vacation? For Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, one of the answers would be at a Buffalo Bisons game. Burns and nearly two dozen friends and family members showed up unannounced at the Bisons' July 1 game against Syracuse in Coca-Cola Field to celebrate a bachelor party for longtime friend and Toron…

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1. Pegula’s address Sabres owner Terry Pegula opened the draft ceremonies with an address to the crowd, making Toronto Maple Leafs fans in attendance wait a few extra minutes for Auston Matthews. He welcomed visitors to Buffalo and gave the players a few words of advice. He also let visiting teams know if they have any problems, “just call my wife.” 2. Booing Bettman It…

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Tonight’s draft crowd looks a lot like a Sabres vs. Maple Leafs crowd during the season – filled with plenty of blue and white. “Leaf Nation has arrived,” proclaimed Mike Cawtrey. Toronto fans made the short trip down the QEW to see the Maple Leafs draft center Auston Matthews with the first overall pick. “Matthews, he looks like the center we need,” said Russ Hamilton,…