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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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Jason Botterill's comments Tuesday morning inside KeyBank Center might slow the winds blowing the early season rumor mill in the National Hockey League. Botterill told the media before the Buffalo Sabres' game against the San Jose Sharks that he views his surplus on the blue line as a strategical advantage and didn't sound interested in parting with any of his defenseme…

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The three-game West Coast road trip began with a performance that could have shaken the Buffalo Sabres. They blew a two-goal lead and appeared to be physically worn down by the Anaheim Ducks last Wednesday in Honda Center. There was no panic in the Sabres' dressing room afterward, though. They didn't seem flustered during a difficult defensive performance the following …

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (7-1-1) vs. San Jose Sharks (3-5-0) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Sabres' lineup: Ralph Krueger didn't have his players on the ice for a morning skate Tuesday or and won't for most home games this season. However, the Sabres' coach isn't expected to make any changes to his forward lines or defensive pairings. Not w…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – When the San Jose Sharks tied the score for a third time Saturday night, Ralph Krueger wondered how the Buffalo Sabres would respond. Marcus Sorensen's goal could have deflated the Sabres. They were playing their third game in four nights on a West Coast road trip that included a blown two-goal lead Wednesday in Anaheim and Carter Hutton's 47-save shu…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sabres are heading back to Buffalo with another winning streak. Zemgus Girgensons capped a wild third period Saturday night with a goal at 12:15 and the Sabres held on to beat the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, inside SAP Center. Buffalo (7-1-1) won its final two games on the West Coast road trip and is again tied for first place in the National Hockey Le…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Most of what Ralph Krueger learned during his five years as chairman of Southampton F.C. cannot be applied to his role as coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Krueger spent most of his time in the English Premier League running the club's day-to-day operations, everything from building a culture within the organization to securing a sponsorship deal with Und…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (6-1-1) vs. San Jose Sharks (3-4-0) Where: SAP Center When: 10:30 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Valuable lesson: It may be easy to nitpick the Sabres' strong start to the season. After all, they have blown a pair of two-goal, third-period leads, struggled to respond to Anaheim's physicality Wednesday and relied on Carter Hutton's 47-save shutou…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Casey Mittelstadt sensed a breakthrough was near. The 20-year-old center and his left winger, Jimmy Vesey, were generating more scoring chances and sustaining pressure in the offensive zone, yet neither had a goal through seven games. "We were pretty due," Mittelstadt said with a grin late Thursday night inside the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room at Sta…

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LOS ANGELES -- Each of the 11 pucks from Carter Hutton's first shutouts in the National Hockey League are stashed somewhere in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They're keepsakes from the 33-year-old's circuitous journey from undrafted free agent to the Buffalo Sabres. Someday Hutton will have the souvenirs as a reminder of his accomplishments during his career. For now, he's not e…

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LOS ANGELES -- Ralph Krueger didn't want to use the word adversity to describe what happened to the Buffalo Sabres at the start of their three-game, West Coast road trip. The loss in Anaheim was only one game, a valuable lesson less than two weeks into the season, Krueger said. The Sabres' coach expressed confidence that his power play would take a simple approach Thurs…

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif.  -- The bitterness of a disappointing season fueled Alex Iafallo during his summer workouts in Buffalo's LECOM Harborcenter. Iafallo, a 25-year-old winger for the Los Angeles Kings, spent many mornings skating with Matt Ellis from the Academy of Hockey, taking hundreds of shots per day while practicing the various situations he finds himself in during…

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LOS ANGELES -- Looking ahead to puck drop ... Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (5-1-1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (2-4-0) Where: Staples Center When: 10:30 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Victor watch: The Sabres' lackluster performance on the power play Wednesday night has not changed Kings coach Todd McLellan's opinion: he's afraid of Buffalo's power play. After all, the Sabres …

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LOS ANGELES -- Anaheim Ducks winger Nick Ritchie was fined $4,121.86, the maximum amount allowable under the collective bargaining agreement, for his late hit Wednesday night on Buffalo Sabres winger Vladimir Sobotka. The hit occurred during a stoppage in play at 15:57 into the second period of the Sabres' 5-2 loss in Honda Center. Ritchie blindsided Sobotka, grabbed hi…

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The first skirmish broke out in the corner where the Anaheim Ducks' Carter Rowney hit Buffalo Sabres winger Victor Olofsson from behind. The second occurred when Jeff Skinner confronted Rickard Rakell for a hit on Rasmus Dahlin, and the most vicious of the confrontations came late in the second period when Nick Ritchie attacked Vladimir Sobotka during …

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- This wasn't the start the Buffalo Sabres wanted. Rather than leaving the first stop of their three-game West Coast road trip with a win, the Sabres blew a two-goal lead with their ugliest period of the season and lost to the Anaheim Ducks, 5-2, in Honda Center. The Sabres fell to 5-1-1 with their first regulation loss and failed to start the season…