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Jason Pominville is the only player who knows, so his Buffalo Sabres teammates ask him a lot. This arena gets loud? What is it like to play in when the fans are involved? "I've tried to answer it as best as I can," Pominville said in KeyBank Center, which has been likened to a library and morgue. "I've seen the other side of it. This city is amazing when you win. It'…

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Phil Housley knows Nashville is ready for a good time. At the very least, the Buffalo Sabres are in for a memorable experience. The merging of a great team, enthusiastic fans and a party atmosphere has made Nashville's arena one of the places to be in the NHL. That's especially true on weekends, as Buffalo will learn when it visits the Predators on Saturday night. "I…

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Jason Pominville is an alum of the days when the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs played eight times a season. So what's gone on this year has been a head-scratcher to him. The Sabres play game 66 of their season Monday night in KeyBank Center, exactly five months after the campaign began. And it's the first time all year they meet the Leafs. But the longtime riva…

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TAMPA, Fla. – Jason Pominville didn't want to let on that it was bugging him, but heck yeah it was bugging him. He's been a point-producer his whole life. To have no goals in 20 games and just one in the last 34 was not fun. "You've gotten to know me through the years," the Buffalo Sabres veteran said Wednesday night. "I was definitely getting a little frustrated, but I…

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ARLINGTON, Va. - Naturally, the Buffalo Sabres liked one of the signature officiating decisions from Thursday's 3-2 overtime win in Detroit. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill was less than pleased. Blashill went off to Detroit reporters following the game due to the lack of a goaltender interference call against Jason Pominville on Evander Kane's wraparound goal that gave t…

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ARLINGTON, Va. — And as they wait for the phone to ring with the NHL trade deadline approaching, the Buffalo Sabres play on. Away from KeyBank Center, the Sabres' road show continues to be a rousing success. It continues Saturday night in Capital One Arena against the Washington Capitals, with Buffalo at 5-0-1 in its last six road games following Thursday's 3-2 overtime…

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Before Ryan Miller rewrote the Sabres' record book, before Jason Pominville became a playoff legend, before Thomas Vanek became a top-five scorer, they could have died. Can you imagine the Sabres without them? What a horror story. The chilling tale traces to a snowy night during the 2004-05 season, a year before the trio arrived in Buffalo. They were playing in Roche…

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You can go through all kinds of reasons why the Buffalo Sabres are enduring another season headed to nowhere. Poor drafting, bad contracts, poor trades, negative impacts of tanking, transition of constant change at coach and general manager can all be cited. But it's really very simple and has been for several years now. The Sabres flat-out don't score nearly enough …

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ST. PAUL, Minn -- Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno got feted in Buffalo in November. Thursday night in XCel Energy Center, the welcome mat was put out for Marco Scandella, Jason Pominville and coach Phil Housley. During the first television timeout, Scandella and Pominville were greeted by the Minnesota Wild in a brief video on the arena's massive video board. Scandella s…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There was an Old Home Days feel around the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room today in XCel Energy Center. The Sabres' game against the Minnesota Wild is the first game back in town for former Wild standouts Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville, as well as the first game as a head coach in his hometown for first-year Buffalo bench boss Phil Housley. "It's …

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NEW YORK – Ryan O'Reilly didn't have the words to describe the birth of his first child. He didn't need any. The glow and smile said everything. "There's nothing like it," O'Reilly said Wednesday, four days after welcoming Jameson Keane O'Reilly to the world. "Seeing him born, I was bawling my eyes out watching this little person come to life and just seeing a little…

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So if you think the Sabres have issues deciding what to do about Evander Kane, just wait until you ponder the next few months in Ottawa and Los Angeles. Franchise defensemen Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty are free agents following the 2018-19 season and both admitted last week that what's going to happen after next season is already on their minds during this one. Th…

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BOSTON – Jason Pominville had just been penalized for a faceoff violation, and he quickly started a discussion with the officials. He looked angry. In reality, the Sabres forward just wanted to know what he did wrong. The crackdown on faceoff violations continues to be a work in progress for NHL players and officials. Judging by Pominville's comments, the adjustment …

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SUMMERLIN, Nevada — It took a review by the National Hockey League but Sabres forward Sam Reinhart officially has his first goal of the season. The NHL has changed the scoring on the game-winning goal from Sunday's 3-1 victory in Anaheim, crediting the goal to Reinhart on an assist from Benoit Pouliot with 31.3 seconds left in the second period. Reinhart said after 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…