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Lehner still sick as Sabres look to stop losses from snowballing

Returning to KeyBank Center Wednesday, the Buffalo Sabres again practiced without goaltender Robin Lehner. Coach Dan Bylsma said Lehner is still out with an illness.

"Still not feeling well so obviously not here today and we will see going forward but again he was under the weather this morning. So, sick still," Bylsma said Wednesday afternoon.

"This is our fourth guy that’s gotten ill and it’s all kind of  been about the same amount of time frame – about a two-day window that it’s happened. So Robin’s just a shade over those two days now and hopefully he’ll start feeling better today. We’ll see going forward in terms of him coming back to the ice."

Bylsma did not say if Anders Nilsson will start on Thursday when the Sabres host the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m., but he liked Nilsson's game in the 4-3 shootout loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

"I thought Andres was real strong," Bylsma said. "I thought in the first period in particular he had four great saves that kept them off the score sheet … I thought he played a very strong game, a solid game, was good in the net. He’s one guy I'm disappointed for at the end of the game because he had played a good game for us and we should have gotten a win for him."

Should have gotten the win. That's been a theme for the Sabres as they've blown third-period leads in two of their last three games, including Tuesday's meltdown in Philadelphia.

The Sabres had a 3-0 lead but three power-play goals by the Flyers, including two in the final three minutes, sent the game to OT. The Flyers eventually won in a shootout. But it's not a game Bylsma wants his team to forget. On the contrary. He'd like this one to stick in their collective craw for a while.

"No I don’t ever want to forget this one. I think we can’t forget it," Bylsma said. "I get your point, you want to cut loose and turn the next page but if we want to be a good team, if we want to be a winning team, this is a game we have to learn a lesson from with how we played it, have to learn a lesson in how we’re going to play going forward and one we should never let happen again."

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