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Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper has worked with Jack Eichel at the World Cup of Hockey and at last month's All-Star Game in Tampa's Amalie Arena, so he has firsthand knowledge of the talent level of the injured Sabres star. But don't think he's celebrating the fact his team won't have to deal with Eichel tonight or in the Feb. 28 game in Tampa. Eichel will miss his…

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The New York Islanders will be in KeyBank Center to finish the Sabres' homestand Thursday night and their lone visit of the season comes as they are building one of the most fascinating storylines going in the NHL right now. The Isles entered Saturday in last place in the Metropolitan Division -- but just one point out of a wild-card slot. They announced on Monday they'…

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TAMPA, Fla. — Auston Matthews was asked Sunday night if his pointing "good-goal" celebration has a name. He thought about it quickly and came up with The Referee. Perfect. Matthews and close friend Jack Eichel concocted the signature moment of Sunday's NHL All-Star Game in the wake of the NHL's continued absurdity with replay challenges. It was hilarious and put anot…

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TAMPA, Fla. — Brock Boeser insists he was nervous. Sure didn't show it here this weekend. The Vancouver rookie won the Accuracy Shooting contest at Saturday's skills competition and became the first rookie since Mario Lemieux in 1985 to win most valuable player honors at the NHL All-Star Game Sunday in Amalie Arena. Boeser had a goal in each game, including the game-…

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TAMPA, Fla. — Jack Eichel had three points Sunday as the Atlantic Division beat the Metropolitan, 7-4, in one semifinal at the NHL All-Star Game in Amalie Arena. But the Buffalo Sabres center, one of the game's standouts on the ice, also scored huge points on the humor scale with his goal celebration. Eichel snapped a 4-4 tie on a goal with 3:20 to play and it came s…

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Jack Eichel had a brief hitch at the start and it cost him in a close finish Saturday night at the Fastest Skater event that kicked off the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. The Buffalo Sabres' center picked up speed as he flew around the Amalie Arena ice, finishing third in the event with a time of 13.828 seconds. "I think I tried to jump the gun wanti…

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he has not had a chance to talk with Sabres coach and former Predators assistant Phil Housley much this year because the teams have yet to meet. But Laviolette has been following the struggles of Housley's new team. "I know he's a great coach and he'll figure it out," Laviolette said. "They've won some games recently …

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TAMPA, Fla. -- At just 29 years old, South Buffalo native Patrick Kane is at a career crossroads. No longer is he one of the young superstars of the NHL. Instead, he's a wily veteran still capable of producing big numbers but now also trying to help a new generation of Chicago Blackhawks become stars in their own right. How stark is it to realize this is Kane's 11th sea…

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TAMPA, Fla. — Eric Wood has become quite a hockey fan during his years in Buffalo, a regular at KeyBank Center who has interacted with several Sabres. So Friday's news of his sudden forced retirement due to a degenerative neck condition hit Sabres star Jack Eichel hard when he saw it on Twitter during his travels here. "It's really unfortunate," Eichel said Saturday at …

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TAMPA, Fla. — Getting on the scene for a milestone moment in his career was a lot easier for Jack Eichel the way the week has gone for the Buffalo Sabres. The red-hot Eichel's first trip to the NHL All-Star Game came on the heels of the Sabres' first three-game winning streak of the season. Buffalo ran roughshod over Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, winning all three ga…

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TAMPA -- While the rest of the Buffalo Sabres could relax and relish their first three-game sweep in Western Canada since 1998, Jack Eichel was a man on the move Friday. The Buffalo Sabres' center crossed the continent, heading from Vancouver to Florida so he could be in place for this weekend's NHL All-Star Game festivities. Like all the players, Eichel is scheduled…

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Jack Eichel, All-Star. It's taken three seasons for those words to run together. But you really couldn't find a more appropriate time to say them. Eichel is going to Tampa as the Sabres' representative to NHL All-Star Weekend Jan. 27-28 and it's the right choice. A light has really come on for the 21-year-old since Dec. 1, the night the Sabres were blanked here by Pi…

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The points are piling up for Jack Eichel and he reached another career milestone Wednesday when he was selected for the Atlantic Division team that will play in the NHL All-Star Game Jan. 28 in Tampa. It's the first All-Star nod for Eichel, the 21-year-old in his third pro season. "It's going to be a huge honor," Eichel said Thursday morning in KeyBank Center as the Sab…