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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington has covered the Sabres, MLB, the Bisons, college basketball and high schools since joining The News in 1987. He is a National Baseball Hall of Fame voter, a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.


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CHICAGO — Patrick Kane insists he still feels like the same kid who dangled all the way from South Buffalo to become the NHL's No. 1 overall draft pick by the time he was 18. But the time has sure flown by. Come Monday, Kane hits The Big 3-0. He'll join a group of NHL superstars now on the other side of 30, a list that includes Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Alexan…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Toronto Maple Leafs. Took over first overall with first three-game California sweep since 1995. (5) 2. Nashville Predators. Monster matchup when Tampa Bay hits Music City on Monday. (1) 3. Tampa Bay Lightning. Atlantic becomes wide open with Vasilevskiy shelved by broken foot. (2) 4. Minnesota Wild…

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It took the Buffalo Sabres 38 games to get their 10th win last season. It was four days after Christmas and three days before the Winter Classic when they won in overtime in New Jersey. Their record was 10-20-8. The season was already over. They're at 10 wins already this year in only 18 games. At 10-6-2, this is no small sample size. They're in the playoff race. Pro…

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The defending Atlantic Division champion Tampa Bay Lightning are in town tonight for their first meeting of the season with the Buffalo Sabres and they're again off to a fast start. Tampa Bay is 12-4-1 and its 25 points are second overall in the NHL to Nashville's 27. The Bolts, however, had a four-game winning streak snapped in their last game as they gave up four thir…

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Through 17 games, the Buffalo Sabres are on a pace for 96 points. Seriously. Do the math. I almost fell off my chair, too, when I realized it Monday morning. They're also in a playoff spot. Pittsburgh and Washington – who have combined to win the last three Stanley Cups – are not. It's right to feel optimistic. The Sabres can actually score. Jeff Skinner for Cliff Pu…

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Sam Reinhart's hot hand has earned him a promotion. Reinhart got a chance to play with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner in the third period Saturday and the trio produced two late goals that got the Sabres even in their eventual 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver. The line practiced together Monday in HarborCenter and will get the call in Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay in Ke…

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TORONTO – Martin Brodeur got his Hockey Hall of Fame ring Friday and will earn his formal induction Monday night. Great moment for him and his family, certainly one that was fully expected. The longtime New Jersey goaltender would like to see it repeated someday for a former Stanley Cup-winning teammate who continues to be one of the more notable omissions from the Hall. …

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TORONTO — Gary Bettman isn't getting booed this weekend. Or at least if he does, the folks doing the catcalling will be in on the joke. Friday began a run of four days when Bettman will be celebrated. Imagine that. The NHL commissioner took charge in 1993 and 25 years later, he has earned induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. And what emotion will that spark from h…

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TORONTO -- Alexander Yakushev was standing in the corner of the Esso Great Hall of the Hockey Hall of Fame Friday with his interpreter. There were crowds nearby around Gary Bettman, Martin Brodeur and Martin St. Louis. Yakushev, still a massive man at age 71, was with a couple of Soviet reporters when The Buffalo News chimed in. "Buffalo!" Yakushev said, breaking into a…

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Through Thursday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Nashville Predators. Road record of 7-0 is three shy of '06 Sabres NHL mark. (1) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning. Creating space in Atlantic with four straight wins after loss to Preds. (2) 3. Vancouver Canucks. Pettersson, Boeser forge immediate turnaround in first year after Sedins depart. (5) 4. Minnes…

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MONTREAL – Remember that wacky stat from earlier in the season about there not being a single comeback in any of the Buffalo Sabres' first eight games? They made up for lost time Thursday night in the Bell Centre. A lead was wiped out in five instances during one of the Sabres' wildest games in years, a 6-5 overtime thriller over the Montreal Canadiens that saw Buffa…

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MONTREAL — Rasmus Ristolainen's slap shot from the right circle 1:38 into overtime burned Carey Price to give the Buffalo Sabres a scintillating 6-5 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night in Bell Centre. Ristolainen had been caught up ice but the Habs fired wide of the net on their break. The puck careened off the boards and the Buffalo defenseman burned dow…

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MONTREAL — Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup for just the second time in eight games Thursday night and it was no coincidence. Coach Phil Housley said after practice Wednesday that Beaulieu's attitude the last couple weeks as an accidental healthy scratch has been excellent. And the coach was playing an obvious hunch as well: As a former first…

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MONTREAL -- The Sabres keep shooting pucks but the euphoria over Saturday's 9-2 stomping of Ottawa has covered up the fact they're actually only 1-2-2 in their last five games, leaving them at 7-6-2 overall. They get another chance tonight in Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens. It's a 7:30 game on MSG and WGR Radio. The Habs have alternated win-loss for 10 games…

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The Buffalo Sabres knew they were adding some speed to their lineup and were hopeful about putting a few more goals on the stat sheet when they traded for Jeff Skinner on an otherwise quiet August day a little more than three months ago. At least in the season's first 15 games, they got a whole lot more than that. Skinner has 16 points and a team-high nine goals, whi…