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The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs opens this week and the games should be great. We're talking heavyweight matchups. Pittsburgh-Washington. Winnipeg-Nashville. Tampa Bay against Boston or Toronto. And there's the Pacific battle between Vegas and San Jose. Every time people say the Golden Knights are just too raw to keep winning, they go and do it. That four-g…

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The first round of the Calder Cup playoffs is over for Rochester Americans defenseman Andrew MacWilliam. And unless the Amerks pull off a huge comeback in their series against the Syracuse Crunch, so is MacWilliam's season. MacWilliam has been suspended for three games by the AHL for his actions Saturday night during the Crunch's 6-5 win over the Amerks in Game 2 at the…

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Ask Brad May 25 years later about perhaps the most well-known goal in Buffalo Sabres history and he says he's just like you: Most of his memories come from watching the tape and listening to Rick Jeanneret's iconic radio call. "I was absolutely almost sleepwalking in that moment," May said last week by phone from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. "It was a reactive thing. N…

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Defenseman Zach Bogosian, whose charitable work through "The Bogo Bunch Foundation" has been a staple for the Sabres since 2015, is Buffalo's nominee for this season's King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is made annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." …

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Tim Murray landed Jack Eichel, made several moves that have proven dubious and got shown the door last April. His brother in tankitude out in Edmonton got Connor McDavid – the real tank prize in 2015 – and also made some terrible moves after reeling in his draft catch. Somehow, Peter Chiarelli survives and Oilers coach Todd McLellan is the one left twisting in the wind.…

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We got the anger we wanted to see and it was awesome. Good on Jason Botterill to wear it all over his suit coat sleeves and let fans get confirmation he's as ticked off as they are. Now he has to put his fury to work and fix this mess. It took a while for the steam coming out of the general manager's ears to dissipate Wednesday afternoon after he left the press ro…

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The door to the Sabres' locker room opened just before 9 a.m. Monday and Jack Eichel made the first impression without saying a word. Locker cleanout day is one of those morose traditions in hockey. It's the end of the season. It's particularly rough when you're dealing with a non-playoff team packing up for the summer while the snow is still flying in April, which is w…

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Buffalo Sabres backup goalie Chad Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, said he's interested in returning to Buffalo but has to be shown the team is willing to make changes. "I know I can be a good goalie in this league and I showed that when things were the way they should be," Johnson said at locker cleanout day Monday. "I have to see the change, whether it's through p…

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Victor Antipin said he wasn't scared when he woke up from the hit that ended his season. “Who, me scared? No. I didn’t remember what happened.” Antipin was one of three Sabres defensemen who finished the season on the shelf -- joined by Zach Bogosian and Jake McCabe. His year ended in the most dramatic fashion of the trio, as he took a hard hit from behind by Nashvil…

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Jack Eichel feels your pain. Sabres fans haven't seen a playoff game in Buffalo in seven years. The first three years of Eichel's NHL career have gone by the boards with nary a sniff of the postseason too. "It's tough, really hard. It's frustrating," Eichel said Monday morning as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers in KeyBank Center. "You kind of look back and it fe…

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You're not going to make any sweeping judgments on Casey Mittelstadt from six games with the NHL's worst team. Mittelstadt had some good moments and some troublesome ones in his first taste of NHL life with the Buffalo Sabres, just like you'd expect from any 19-year-old. But he left the Sabres and their fans waiting for more. Mittelstadt is going to start for Team USA a…

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The scene deep within BB&T Center late Saturday night was one of those circle-of-life contrasts. On one side of the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room was rookie goaltender Adam Wilcox, smile as wide as the Everglades after stopping all 14 shots he faced in a relief role that marked his first NHL game. A few feet away at the end of room was veteran defen…

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Little drama for 55 minutes, a lot of drama for five. That's the story of the Buffalo Sabres' season finale, a 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers Saturday night in BB&T Center. Jonathan Huberdeau, Colton Sceviour and Nick Bjugstad all scored in the first 14 minutes and the Panthers held on in sweeping the season series and leaving the Sabres with a fo…

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Humboldt Broncos were honored across the continent Saturday in the wake of Friday night's tragedy in Saskatchewan. Fifteen people, including several players and the head coach, were killed when the junior hockey team's bus was plowed into by a semi while en route to a playoff game. Canadian media outlets are it calling one of the worst tragedies in …

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SUNRISE, Fla. – The hockey world is in mourning following the crash Friday night of the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Fifteen people, including several players and the head coach, were killed when the bus was plowed into by a semi while en route to a playoff game in what Canadian media are calling one of the worst tragedies in …