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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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Robin Lehner saw how much the community mourned the death of Buffalo K-9 Officer Craig Lehner. The Buffalo Sabres goaltender is going to honor the fallen officer and local police. During the Sabres' Military Appreciation Night on Friday, Robin Lehner will wear a customized warmup jersey with the nameplate of "C. Lehner." The jersey will be No. 43 instead of Lehner's usu…

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DALLAS – Robin Lehner couldn't wait to play the Dallas Stars. It was a big game for him and the team, he said Saturday morning, and he was looking forward to starting a winning streak. He was gone after just 10:27. So was any chance the Sabres had of winning. The goaltender gave up three goals on seven shots, then watched the rest of the Sabres' 5-1 loss. "It's …

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Robin Lehner knows what Tyrod Taylor has been going through. The quarterback in the NFL probably gets much of the blame for losses and too much of the credit for victories. You can make the same analogy about NHL goalies. "One hundred percent," Lehner told The Buffalo News Tuesday in KeyBank Center. "I've been following the Bills and a lot of people have been on him.…

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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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Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner is a lot like Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. People tend to focus on the flaws and question their long-term ability at the game's most important position. Lehner knows those critics are out there. Need proof? With a 32-save shutout Tuesday in a 1-0 victory over Detroit, Lehner's save percentage soared from .894 to .913. "It doesn't …

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It was, without question, his best game of the season. On Saturday in Boston, Benoit Pouliot had five shots on goal, scored his first of the season, was a plus-two and skated 15 minutes, 42 seconds. It was finally a bit of a breakthrough for the 31-year-old left winger in his first season with the Buffalo Sabres. "I skated a little bit more. I think my legs felt b…

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The Robin Lehner who starts for the Sabres on Tuesday will look different from the Lehner who was in net for the season opener in KeyBank Center. More specifically, his equipment is different. Lehner has gone back to the pads, glove and blocker made by Vaughn. He opened the season with new gear from Brian’s. "Brian is a great company," Lehner said. "I couldn't s…

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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. -- 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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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The start of this NHL season has been a career reset for Josh Gorges. For eight straight years, including his first two with the Sabres, Gorges averaged more than 20 minutes of ice time per game. Then his total last year dropped to 18:27 per game as he began to slip down the Sabres' rotation. With Phil Housley's new speed style in place, Gorges began…

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It wasn't supposed to be like this. Everyone in the Sabres' organization was thrilled for a fresh start. Yet after three games, the SOS has been issued. Same Old Sabres. The distress flag came out of storage following the 6-3 loss to the Islanders on Saturday. It was waving by the second intermission of Monday's 6-2 loss to New Jersey. Surprisingly, things are cal…

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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 me…

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Usually when hockey people talk about speed, it's forwards on breakaways or defensemen joining the rush. Goaltenders are an afterthought. Robin Lehner, though, made a point of getting faster this summer. "I think the strength of my game is reading plays," he said Saturday night. "What I've been lacking is a little bit of speed and a little bit of edge work, which I'v…

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There's no member of the Buffalo Sabres who stands to lose more from the sacking of General Manager Tim Murray than goaltender Robin Lehner. Murray, remember, gave up a first-round draft pick to get Lehner in 2015 from Ottawa. Lehner had won Murray a Calder Cup in Binghamton and Murray brought him here with a controversial trade that critics said was a massive overpay. …