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NEW YORK – After the Sabres and Rangers battled through overtime Jan. 1 in the Winter Classic at Citi Field, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist took to Instagram and paid tribute to Buffalo goalie and fellow Swede Robin Lehner. Lehner, who has known Lundqvist for roughly 15 years, was touched by the gesture. "I saw that and it was nice, really nice," Lehner said Thursda…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The reality show cameras are gone. So are the gobs of media piling into the locker room for two straight days in New York. There won't be 40,000 people in the stands, fire plumes signaling their entrance to the ice or celebrity musical acts mugging for pictures in the dressing room pregame and playing for the crowd between periods. No more Doc Emrick, Pi…

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NEW YORK -- There will be a familiar face on the New York Rangers bench during Monday's Winter Classic, one that has primo experience with the Buffalo Sabres' lone example of taking it outdoors. Lindy Ruff is an assistant coach under Alain Vigneault, back as an NHL aide for the first time since 1997 after getting fired in the spring after four years as the head man of t…

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Jan. 1, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium (Buffalo Bills) Pittsburgh 2, Buffalo 1 (SO) Attendance: 71,217 Weather: 33, snow The snow. The crowd. A TV spectacle unlike anything the NHL had ever seen. Crosby vs. Miller in the shootout. The stories of the day are frozen in Sabres annals as one of the most inconic games in the club's history. The game went so well it be…

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NEW YORK — For nearly a month, Jack Eichel has been a solid player. For the last 2 1/2 weeks, he's been a flat-out superstar. Something has clicked in Eichel's game. There's clearly more introspection going on, more of the maturity in his 200-foot play that he demanded from teammates after the Sabres' clunker two days before Christmas in Carolina. "I don't really thi…

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NEW YORK — The NHL is looking to strike a balance into its choices of teams and sites for the Winter Classic. That's been its party line for a while and what deputy commissioner Bill Daly reiterated Friday when he visited New Era Field during the World Junior Championships' outdoor game. Getting the Sabres back into the game for the second time is nice and staging it in…

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As you might imagine, the NHL is putting on a happy face even though it has one of its bottom feeders in the Winter Classic come Monday in New York. But, in fact, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the Buffalo Sabres will remain in the conversation to be a part of future outdoor games. The Sabres will be last in the Eastern Conference heading into the game against the N…

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It was one game in the snow. One day where they played hockey in a football stadium in Orchard Park. But it forever changed the course of special events for the National Hockey League. Although the elements made it less than an artistic success as a hockey game, the 2008 Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins was an aesthetic, television and m…

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It will be a big week in the Big Apple and environs for the Buffalo Sabres. It's three games in six days, including a spot in the NHL's premier regular season showcase. Certainly the league and the Sabres were hoping that Buffalo was not going to be in last place in the Eastern Conference heading into this stretch but that's where the Sabres will likely be when they pla…

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As part of the NHL's 100-year anniversary, the league sponsored an online vote for the greatest moment of its first century of play and the bracket-style "tournament" was an interesting process to follow. Just think of all the things that got notice. Bobby Orr's flying-through-the-air goal that won the 1970 Stanley Cup. Wayne Gretzky's 50 goals in 39 games. Or his 77th …

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Just before practice started Thursday in KeyBank Center, Robin Lehner looked like something from the "Friday the 13th" series. He had on an old fiberglass mask worn by former NHL goalie Paul Harrison with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the late 70s and for six games during the 1981-82 season with the Sabres. Lehner was apparently pondering it for the Winter Classic and let goa…

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Just before practice started Thursday in KeyBank Center, Robin Lehner looked like something from the "Friday the 13th" series. He had on an old fiberglass mask worn by former NHL goalie Paul Harrison with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the late 70s and for six games during the 1981-82 season with the Sabres. Lehner was apparently pondering it for the Winter Classic and let goa…

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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist took to Instagram on Wednesday to reveal the pads he's going to wear Jan. 1 against the Sabres at the Winter Classic in Citi Field. And they're beauties. The "NY" logo the Rangers will wear on their jerseys is front and center with a bridge to honor what connects all of New York's boroughs. The background is the skyline logo set on a b…

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Buffalo's Goo Goo Dolls will perform at the 2018 Bridgestone Winter Classic New Year's Day game between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the NHL announced today. The band will take the stage during the first intermission of the game, which will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports beginning at 1 p.m. Jan…

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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…