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So why do teams, fans and media spend all season fretting about the quest for home-ice advantage in the playoffs? So far this spring, it's proving to mean very little. Road teams are 40-35 in the postseason this year heading into Saturday night's Tampa Bay-Washington showdown in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final at Tampa's Amalie Arena. That includes a 19-13 mark s…

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The Pittsburgh Penguins' run to the first Stanley Cup three-peat in 35 years would have been a great story to follow but it's over. Nevertheless, the demise of Sidney Crosby & Co. hardly leaves the NHL without story lines. In fact, the league will be full of them as the conference finals open Friday night at Tampa Bay's Amalie Arena. It's Washington at Tampa Bay …

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WASHINGTON — With trade rumors creating plenty of loud chatter, the Buffalo Sabres' road point streak quietly went away Saturday night. The Sabres gave up a goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov after just 50 seconds and never caught up in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in Capital One Arena. The Sabres played without winger Evander Kane for the first time this season, as the …

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WASHINGTON — The Boston Bruins seem to be emerging as the favorite to land former Sabres captain Brian Gionta now that the Rochester native is back from his role as Team USA's captain at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Gionta, 39, has made it clear he wants to sign with a contender in the Eastern Conference prior to Monday's NHL trade deadline so he will be eliglble for the S…

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WASHINGTON -- The Sabres had no morning skate Saturday in Capital One Arena as the building had a noon college basketball game between Georgetown and Providence, so coach Phil Housley's daily briefing won't be held until around 4:30. The Sabres are opening a back-to-back, as they will play Boston Sunday in KeyBank Center in the final game prior to Monday's NHL trade dea…

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It's another afternoon game for the Buffalo Sabres, and they hope to avoid more matinee madness when they meet the Washington Capitals today in a 3:05 start in KeyBank Center. The Caps are just 1-1-2 in their last four games while Buffalo is 1-2-1. Here are Five Things to Know about today's game: 1. Chad Johnson will be in goal for injured Robin Lehner The Sabres …

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We can argue ad nauseam about goalie interference or toenail challenges, or about the inconsistency of the Department of Player Safety (Credit Due Dept: They nailed it with that 10-game suspension for Alex Burrows' dirtbag attack of Taylor Hall). You can say skipping the Olympics is a disaster, I can say I'd rather watch the NHL season continue to play out. Those debate…

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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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Adam Benigni of WGRZ returned to the hosting seat on Sunday, just to the right of News columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan for another episode of "Sports Talk Sunday." Topics focused on the future of the Bills and the Sabres, a look into the NHL and NBA playoffs, and the usual Extra Points segment where each of the panelists offers his own insight of the moment.…