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Just as they lose red-hot Jack Eichel from the lineup, the Buffalo Sabres' offense is finding its stride more than at any point all season. The Sabres put together their third straight four-goal game in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Colorado, a first this season. Until late Monday night, they had even climbed out of their seasonlong spot as the NHL's lowest-scoring team. With…

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The Sabres began their bye week Friday and made their stated intentions official by returning goaltender Linus Ullmark and defenseman Brendan Guhle to Rochester. There is no bye coming for the Amerks, who have three games in the next four days. The stretch opens Friday night in Blue Cross Arena against Binghamton, moves to Syracuse on Saturday and returns home for a Mon…

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It's the last game before the Buffalo Sabres begin their bye week and the team remains desperate for a win. The Sabres are on a four-game losing streak and host the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursdady night at 7 in KeyBank Center. Here's what you need to know to get ready: 1.  The Sabres are looking for passion in their game. Wednesday's practice featured a loud rant fro…

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Linus Ullmark is going to the American Hockey League All-Star Game. The goaltender thinks he should have way more company. Ullmark and left wing C.J. Smith will represent Rochester at the midseason gala later this month. Both have earned their way, but so have others on the impressive Amerks club that has started 22-8-6. "We deserve a lot more people going to the All…

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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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Rochester Amerks forward C.J. Smith and golie Linus Ullmark have been named to the North Division roster for the AHL All-Star Classic to be held Jan. 28-29 in Utica. Smith, a college free agent signed last March out of Mass-Lowell, is tied for second in scoring among AHL rookies with 30 points. He leads the Amerks in scoring, assists (20) and multi-point outings (7). U…

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Rochester Americans goaltender Linus Ullmark made 22 saves in a 2-0 shutout victory against the Toronto Marlies on Friday at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. The victory pushes the Amerks past Toronto in the standings for the top spot in the North Division. Rochester has won nine of its last 12 games and only trails the Manitoba Moose for the league lead in points. Seth Gr…

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Ted Nolan's first run as Buffalo Sabres coach will be remembered for his motivational skills. He helped the "hardest-working team in hockey" grow from a group of fighters to a division champion in 1997. Nolan's second stint will be remembered for his words in 2014. "Prospects are great," Nolan said. "Then some of them turn into suspects. Then some of them turn into r…

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Linus Ullmark was voted the Amerks' Most Valuable Player last season. He looks ready to reclaim the prize this year. The goaltender was in control throughout Rochester's preseason finale Saturday night in HarborCenter. Ullmark made difficult glove saves look easy, stayed with shooters in front and allowed his teammates to gain their footing. The Amerks earned a 3-2 c…

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TORONTO – Evan Rodrigues avoided one hit. The next one landed and ended his night. The Sabres left winger departed with an injury midway through the second period of Friday's 3-0 loss to Toronto. "I don't know what the injury is at this point," Buffalo coach Phil Housley said in Ricoh Coliseum. "We'll know more tomorrow." As Rodrigues crossed the Toronto blue line…