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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The nightmare continues for Chad Johnson. Backup goaltenders live their existence fraught with anxiety, both over when they'll get their chance to play and whether they take advantage of it. So far this season, Johnson simply hasn't been able to do it. The Buffalo Sabres hit the halfway mark of the season Friday night with a 4-3 loss to the Winn…

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jack Eichel was calm, direct and to the point late Saturday night. No ranting and raving, no rolling of the eyes. Dare we say he was captain-like? In the wake of a dispiriting 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in PNC Arena, a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score might indicate, Eichel laid bare what had just transpired with a Buffalo Sabres t…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Center Ryan O'Reilly was out of the Buffalo Sabres' lineup for the first time this season Saturday, missing the game against the Carolina Hurricanes for the birth of his first child. The Sabres did not specify the reason for O'Reilly's absence until after the game, when coach Phil Housley announced that O'Reilly's fiancee, Dayna Douros, had given birth t…

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Chad Johnson is ready for the Winter Classic. The Buffalo Sabres' backup goaltender has new equipment for the New Year's Day game against the New York Rangers. The highlight is undoubtedly his pads. Johnson has a sword starting at the base of each pad, and they crisscross at the midpoint to finish on the other pad. The predominantly white gear has blue and gold accen…

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CHICAGO — Goaltenders are always a lightning rod for chatter and that's particularly true for fans of the Buffalo Sabres, who have spent decades watching the likes of Don Edwards, Bob Sauve, Tom Barrasso, Dominik Hasek, Martin Biron and Ryan Miller. Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson don't engender much passion from the masses this year as the Sabres continue to drift at the b…

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Chad Johnson has always had a red maple leaf painted on the back of his goalie mask. Through the years, he's added initials of loved ones who have passed away. Johnson is up to five now, including four who died from cancer. "Eventually, I'll have to get a bigger maple leaf, unfortunately," the Buffalo Sabres goaltender said. Johnson's tribute took on added importa…

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Ineffective offense, especially on the power play, and injuries on defense have plagued the Buffalo Sabres all season. At least the other facet of their game is getting shored up. Buffalo goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson combined to give up just five goals in the three games last week, which added to the frustration of a 1-1-1 stretch. Johnson, in particular, h…

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Miller spent a lonely hour on the ice Sunday morning in Honda Center, working with a couple of scratches and a couple of Anaheim Ducks assistant coaches. He's still waiting for his season to begin. The ex-Sabres star is 37 now, the backup to John Gibson on a team that once again has Stanley Cup aspirations. A wrist injury suffered early in trainin…

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The Buffalo Sabres hit the reset button in the offseason, hiring General Manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley, then making some roster adjustments. Sure, the Sabres’ six-season playoff drought is like a rounding error for suffering Bills fans, but the suffering is real. To get a handle on how the new-look Sabres are viewed by outside members of the hockey medi…

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For Chad Johnson, going home for a season in Calgary was nice. But returning to the place that give him his first legitimate chance to be a starting goalie was even nicer. Johnson set career highs in games (45) and wins (22) with the Buffalo Sabres two years ago. When free agency beckoned in July, he had a relatively simple decision to come back. In his first preseason …

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The Bills’ best defensive backs might as well have formed a musical trio and sung in harmony. All were in unison about what doomed them last week against the San Diego Chargers. Corey Graham practically spat the words on the locker room floor. “Pick plays,” he said. “They picked us,” Stephon Gilmore said, “and we didn’t adjust.” Aaron Williams added the only way t…