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Lance Lysowski

Lance Lysowski is the Sabres beat writer for The Buffalo News. He previously covered the Pittsburgh Pirates and University of Pittsburgh athletics.


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ST. LOUIS – As Jack Eichel crossed the blue line, the Buffalo Sabres' captain appeared on track to accomplish what he could not at two NHL skills competitions. Eichel needed only 6.3 seconds to skate from the red line, behind the net and over the blue line at the other side of the ice. Yet the 23-year-old was not crowned fastest skater, finishing fourth in the event wit…

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ST. LOUIS – The National Hockey League is one step closer to creating a platform that will allow players to report abusive behavior. During a press conference Friday in Enterprise Center, Commissioner Gary Bettman revealed further details about a hotline that will allow reports to be filed over the phone or online and will be operational in "a few months." It will be ac…

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ST. LOUIS –Bob Eichel is one of his son's confidants. The two speak on the phone daily and the conversations typically center around Jack's career with the Buffalo Sabres. Few know the pressure placed on Jack Eichel quite like his father. However, a recent comment by Jack Hutton, father of Sabres goalie Carter Hutton, put the situation into perspective for Bob. "He s…

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ST. LOUIS -- As a boy growing up in Switzerland, Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi would watch the country's national team compete in the Winter Olympics and IIHF World Championship. The Swiss were never viewed as one of the global powers. However, Josi was among a generation of young players who witnessed the country's breakthrough in ice hockey. Switzerland up…

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ST. LOUIS -- Fans inside the 3,100-seat Stifel Theatre were able to watch and listen to each NHL all-star answer questions during media day Thursday night. One group wearing St. Louis Blues apparel wasn’t paying attention when the Metropolitan Division all-stars sat at their respective podiums. The fans were too busy watching the nearby NHL Network set, where Buffalo Sa…

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Jack Eichel won't be able to completely unplug from hockey during the break. The star center will represent the Buffalo Sabres at All-Star festivities this week in St. Louis. The Hart Trophy buzz will make Eichel a hot topic during media day, and he'll likely compete in the fastest skater competition. His remarkable play before the break, including 28 goals, has Buffalo…

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Rasmus Asplund, Lawrence Pilut and Scott Wilson won't be resting in preparation for a possible second-half playoff push with the Buffalo Sabres. All three were assigned to the Rochester Americans on Sunday, giving them an opportunity to play American Hockey League games during the Sabres' bye week and All-Star break. The Amerks play three games this week, beginning Wedn…

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NASHVILLE – Kyle Okposo paused, closed his eyes, shook his head and gave reporters a glimpse into the Buffalo Sabres' mindset following a particularly difficult road loss. "Tough to swallow right now," Okposo acknowledged Saturday night in the visitors' dressing room at Bridgestone Arena. "That’s a really tough game. Obviously we wanted that one bad." The Sabres migh…

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NASHVILLE -- The Buffalo Sabres couldn't handle an opponent's pushback this time. After controlling play at the start of the third period, the Sabres quickly lost momentum and Craig Smith scored the go-ahead power play goal to help the Nashville Predators win, 2-1, Saturday night in Bridgestone Arena. Smith scored seven seconds after Jack Eichel's tripping penalty by…

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NASHVILLE – When Ralph Krueger first arrived in Buffalo back in June, he acknowledged he would need to educate himself on how the National Hockey League had changed during his six-year absence. His learning curve wasn't as steep as some expected. The Sabres went 9-2-2 in October and entered Saturday having won five of their previous seven games. Krueger reached somewhat…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (22-19-7) vs. Nashville Predators (21-18-7) Where: Bridgestone Arena (Nashville) When: 8 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 NASHVILLE — The All-Star break and bye week loom for the Buffalo Sabres, yet they can't afford to look ahead to rest and relaxation. Finishing a two-game sweep of the road trip could help them gain ground in the Eastern Conf…

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NASHVILLE — Jimmy Vesey didn't need to score to make this a successful dads' trip for him and his father, James. The goal made for a special moment, though. James erupted in an American Airlines Center suite Thursday night when Jimmy scored the opening goal of the Buffalo Sabres' 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Jimmy, a 26-year-old winger, discovered…

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NASHVILLE – When a goal against during his time in Rochester left Linus Ullmark seething, he entered the dressing room at the intermission and asked the Amerks' video coach, Kyle Smith, to show him a replay. Watching the sequence only added to Ullmark's frustration. "It was so unnecessary," Ullmark recalled following practice Friday afternoon in Bridgestone Arena. "I…

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DALLAS – While watching video in preparation for a final game against the Stars, Ralph Krueger quickly noticed the Buffalo Sabres were in for one of their most difficult tests of the season. The Stars used relentless pressure on the puck to allow the fewest goals in the National Hockey League and won six of their previous eight games entering Thursday. They had the seco…

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DALLAS – An ugly finish to 2019 knocked the Buffalo Sabres out of the playoff picture and created an added sense of urgency to start the season's second half. Coach Ralph Krueger acknowledged the Sabres needed to win two of three games the rest of the way to have a chance at snapping their eight-year postseason drought. Their performance Thursday night in American Airli…