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Jack Eichel slammed his stick over the boards at the end of a drill Monday morning in KeyBank Center. It's not an uncommon occurrence. Heck, Ryan O'Reilly did the same thing just a few minutes before. It's a sign of frustration. A sign of wanting to do more. A sign of wanting the results to match the effort and of trying to will the effort to be better focused. Eiche…

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The discussion about tanking never really goes away in these parts as long as the Sabres stay near the bottom of the NHL standings, and it got a new jolt Wednesday night when the Houston Astros wrapped up the first World Series title in their 56-year history just four seasons after they were 51-111. Pro-tankers are quick to hop on the Astros' bandwagon as a foolproof ex…

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The first month of the schedule is gone. And just like so many others in recent years, it's a bad one in the standings for the Buffalo Sabres. Saturday's 3-2 loss to San Jose dropped the Sabres to 3-7-2. They are seventh out of eight teams in the Atlantic Division, 15th out of 16 in the Eastern Conference and 28th out of 31 overall. Photo Gallery: Sharks 3, Sabres 2 …

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By the time Jack Eichel removed his equipment, he was calm. He analyzed the latest loss and the poor start to the season with encouraging words and a few shrugs. Two other moments stood out from Eichel's 21st birthday Saturday: * As he walked from the ice to the dressing room following the 3-2 loss to San Jose, he put both hands on his stick and raised it above his h…

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Jack Eichel marked his 21st birthday Saturday, but he did not leave the ice in a celebratory mood. After a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks, Eichel was caught by the TV camera snapping his stick in half over his knee and yelling an audible expletive. Buffalo fell to 3-7-2, including 1-3-1 in KeyBank Center. https://twitter.com/BradyTrett/status/924362097806340096 …

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It was a little over a year ago when Phil Housley and John Tortorella were part of the same coaching staff. Tortorella was the head coach for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey last fall in Toronto. Housley was chosen as an assistant coach for the team and it was an opportunity for the aspiring head coach to pick up some pointers from a veteran. We…

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The Sabres have been here before. It's that point where they look like they maybe, possibly have figured things out. "There's only so many times, right?" goaltender Robin Lehner acknowledged. "We've got to start recognizing what makes us successful." The Sabres looked good during Saturday's 5-4 overtime win in Boston. They talked about all the things they did well an…

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Add this one to the Jack Eichel highlight reel. Starting from his own faceoff circle in the first period Friday night, the center streaked up the right boards, stickhandled between the legs of defenseman Ben Hutton in the Canucks' zone and beat Jacob Markstrom between the pads. https://twitter.com/NHL/status/921527544624664576 The goal with 2:40 left woke up the c…

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LOS ANGELES -- It was a tie game inside the final three minutes. A real chance for the Buffalo Sabres' first win of the season was at hand but they blinked at crunch time Saturday in Staples Center. Both on the ice and behind the bench. Drew Doughty's power-play goal with exactly two minutes left capped a horrible few seconds for the Sabres, snapping a 2-2 game and s…

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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 To…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It's only mid-October but you can already feel the exasperation bubbling in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room. The Sabres don't have much going on right now in the wake of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in SAP Center that opened their four-game road trip. They're 0-3-1, tied with Arizona for the worst record in the NHL and off to their wo…

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The Sabres have given up 12 goals in two games. They have lost all three games they've played. Not surprisingly, there were plenty of questions from fans for the Mailbag. One resonated more than the others. Question: Will things magically change if ROR, Kane, Eichel say, “We all need to do better and it starts with me” enough times? Magic number? Answer: If th…

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As the slogan sort of says, it's time to Sharpen Our Swords about the ungodly opening of this Sabres season. It's only taken us three games to clearly deduce that, in fact, it wasn't all Dan Bylsma's fault. Even though the denizens of the dressing room at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza wanted you to believe backward coaching was what last season was about. Well, the s…

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Two games into a hockey season is no reason to panic but there's nevertheless a sense of growing concern in Pittsburgh, where the October schedule is really up against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. They suffered a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday to St. Louis on Cup banner-raising night in PPG Paints Arena, then suffered the worst loss of the Sidney Crosby era…

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Jack Eichel's first night as a long-term Buffalo Sabre was spent at dinner with his parents, quietly getting ready for the opening game of his third NHL season. It marked the end of a whirlwind Wednesday that saw the 20-year-old sign an eight-year, $80 million extension with the team. "You kind of just put it behind you," Eichel said after Thursday's morning skate in Ke…