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John Vogl

This is my 15th season writing about the Sabres for The Buffalo News.


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DETROIT – Evander Kane understands why teams are scratching their trade assets, but hockey is fun. He wants to play. He would have been really bummed if he wasn't part of Thursday's overtime thriller. After the Buffalo Sabres allowed the tying goal with 1:25 left in regulation, defenseman Marco Scandella turned the tables on the Detroit Red Wings. He scored with 0.2 …

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DETROIT – The Buffalo Sabres continue to get this show on the road. The latest win came with a fraction of a second to spare. Marco Scandella found the net with 0.2 seconds remaining in overtime Thursday, lifting the Sabres to a 3-2 victory. Buffalo has picked up points in six straight road games. It is the franchise's longest run since earning points in seven str…

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DETROIT – When Scott Wilson played in the minor leagues, he was a scoring machine. That’s not an exaggeration. He poured in 22 goals and 36 points in only 34 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton two years ago. Wilson took a look back at that run during the Buffalo Sabres' bye week. His old team sent him video clips, and the left winger liked what he saw. "That's definite…

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DETROIT – When Scott Wilson played in the minor leagues, he was a scoring machine. That’s not an exaggeration. He poured in 22 goals and 36 points in only 34 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton two years ago. Wilson took a look back at that run during the Buffalo Sabres' bye week. His old team sent him video clips, and the left winger liked what he saw. "That's definite…

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The Rick Jeanneret talking bobblehead disappeared in a hurry. It left a lasting charitable impression. The Buffalo Sabres created 1,900 collectibles of their Hall of Fame announcer, and they sold out in a day and a half. The sales raised $74,000 that will be split in half and donated to the Kevin Guest House and the Sabres' foundation. “The response from the communit…

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DETROIT – The Sabres are already looking to next year. The Red Wings are really close to that point. Here are Five Things to Know as Buffalo visits Detroit at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Little Caesars Arena. 1. Not a marquee matchup Buffalo is 0-2-1 in its last three games to drop to 17-32-11 overall. Detroit is 1-3 in its last four, sliding to 24-26-9. While the Sabres…

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When Evander Kane turns on the charm, he owns the room. There was no doubt the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room belonged to him Wednesday. Kane knows he has to make the most of it while he can. As the minutes ticked toward Monday's NHL trade deadline and the left winger's inevitable departure, his megawatt smile and wit were on full display. Kane is among the most talke…

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It was a familiar script. The Buffalo Sabres fell behind, made a frantic push with a good third period but came up short. They usually talk about it being something to build off. It turns out the opponent learns things, too. As the Washington Capitals celebrated their 3-2 victory Monday afternoon, they looked back at the final 20 minutes. Buffalo opened the third in …

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The way Linus Ullmark sees it, it's better to have the slump now. If a team has wire-to-wire success, it's just setting itself up for failure in the playoffs. Every team needs a regular-season hiccup. The Rochester Americans are having theirs. The Amerks have won just three of their last 15 games, falling to 25-13-14 after holding a 23-8-7 record Jan. 12. Rochester i…

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Daylight come and the fans want to go home. Who would blame them? The Buffalo Sabres played another afternoon game Monday, and they lost another afternoon game. Washington left KeyBank Center with a 3-2 victory, dropping Buffalo to 0-6-1 during day games this season. The Sabres have been outscored, 30-12, during the matinees. The deficit is 24-6 during first and s…

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The way Linus Ullmark sees it, it's better to have the slump now. If a team has wire-to-wire success, it's just setting itself up for failure in the playoffs. Every team needs a regular-season hiccup. The Rochester Americans are having theirs. The Amerks have won just three of their last 15 games, falling to 25-13-14 after holding a 23-8-7 record Jan. 12. Rochester i…

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Linus Ullmark is back. Robin Lehner is out. The Buffalo Sabres recalled Ullmark from the Rochester Americans on Monday morning because Lehner is out with a lower-body injury. Lehner did not take part in Sunday's optional practice. He left a morning skate last week complaining of leg pain but he never missed a game. Lehner lasted only two periods Saturday, allowing fo…

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It's another afternoon game for the Buffalo Sabres. Uh-oh. Buffalo is 0-5-1 in day games this season. The next matinee comes Monday when Washington visits KeyBank Center for a 3 p.m. matchup. Someone should probably just tell the Sabres it starts at 1 p.m. While little went right for the Sabres in any of the day games – they've been outscored, 27-10 – the start…

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February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of African-American leaders in the United States. It's also "Hockey is for Everyone" month, an annual way for the NHL to promote its inclusiveness. Yet as Devante Smith-Pelly stood in Buffalo on Sunday and described the feeling of racial taunts being directed his way, it was again clear the United …

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It's another afternoon game for the Buffalo Sabres. Uh-oh. Buffalo is 0-5-1 in day games this season. The next matinee comes Monday when Washington visits KeyBank Center for a 3 p.m. matchup. Someone should probably just tell the Sabres it starts at 1 p.m. While little went right for the Sabres in any of the day games – they've been outscored, 27-10 – the start…