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By now, long-suffering hockey fans in Buffalo must be cringing while watching the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sabres never won a Stanley Cup and for years have been an abject failure, and along comes an expansion team that marches from the desert to the conference finals in its first season. Vegas has become the darling of the NHL, a wonderful tale about a team that came …

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No need to worry Wednesday if you happen to miss Jason Botterill's first postmortem news conference as a general manager. You know the drill. The GM conducts a gripping Q&A that enables him to say the Sabres fell short of their goal before he suggests better days are ahead. Buffalo has missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons under three GMs and five coaches. …

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With just three games left in the Buffalo Sabres regular season, Alexander Nylander and Kevin Porter got the call from the big club. The Sabres recalled the two forwards from the Rochester Americans on Tuesday afternoon. It's the first call-up for both players this season. After an injury sidelined Nylander for training camp and the first month of the season, the for…

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ROCHESTER – Nathan Paetsch was a 20-year-old rookie, getting his first taste of life as professional hockey player. And what an entrance it was. In 2004, Paetsch was part of a Rochester Americans team that earned a first-round playoff bye, won two series, and advanced to the semifinals of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup playoffs. The next season, the Amerks w…

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The Rochester Americans scored four goals in the third period, rallying to beat the Binghamton Devils, 5-3, in Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena Saturday night. Trailing, 3-1, after two periods, the Amerks rally began 3:55 into the third when Eric Cornel scored his second of the game. Colin Blackwell tied the game, 3-3, netting a short-handed goal at 7:29. It w…

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It was the 28th overtime game of the season for the Rochester Americans. But it didn't take long for the Amerks to pick up that second point. Colin Blackwell scored just 12 seconds into OT to give Rochester a 4-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers in BlueCross Arena Friday night. It was a four-point night for Blackwell who scored just 35 seconds into the third period wh…

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ROCHESTER – The first thing that stands out about Will Borgen is his size. The native of Moorehead, Minn., is listed at 6-foot-2, which, in itself, creates an advantage as a defenseman. But when he first arrived at St. Cloud State for his college career, he needed to adjust his game. See, being the biggest guy on the ice when he was in high school meant he was a bit …

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The odds of nabbing the overall No. 1 pick in this year's NHL draft went up slightly. On Wednesday the league released the draft lottery odds for the 15 teams which do not qualify for the playoffs. The team with the worst record in the league has an 18.5 percent chance of winning the lottery for the right to the first pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 22-23…

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Two years ago, Casey Nelson finished his season at Minnesota State then signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres. It was three days later when he was making his National Hockey League debut. He remembers it being an afternoon game and grateful for the early start. "I played an afternoon game which was nice because I didn't have to sit around or try to take a nap,"…

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The odds of nabbing the overall No. 1 pick in this year's NHL draft went up slightly. On Wednesday the league released the draft lottery odds for the 15 teams which do not qualify for the playoffs. The team with the worst record in the league has an 18.5 percent chance of winning the lottery for the right to the first pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, scheduled for Jun 22-23 …

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Justin Bailey was a little surprised. He had never been suspended before, so when he got the phone call from Rochester Americans coach Chris Taylor, he was taken aback a little bit. But when he watched the video, he saw he indeed did hit Syracuse Crunch defenseman Reid McNeill too high in Sunday's game in BlueCross Arena. Bailey was suspended for one game by the Amer…

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Jack Eichel was the last player to return to the Buffalo Sabres locker room in KeyBank Center. He skated extra. A lot extra, after the team's practice in HarborCenter. As Wednesday morning turned into afternoon, Eichel was working on his conditioning, working on his skills, working on getting back to healthy. He's still not quite there. Sabres coach Phil Housley said…

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Wednesday morning, the Buffalo Sabres recalled forward Justin Bailey from the Rochester Americans. It's the third recall for Bailey who has four points (three goals, one assist) in eight games for the Sabres this season including a goal in the team's last game on March 10. In his third pro season, Bailey has eight points (five goals, three assists) in 48 career NHL game…

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They got a pair of power play goals, but the Rochester Americans couldn't find their groove at even strength Saturday night. The Amerks dropped a 4-2 decision to the Syracuse Crunch in Onondaga County War Memorial Arena. Syracuse broke the scoreless game at 5:24 of the second period on a goal from Mathieu Joseph. The Amerks tied the game at 8:05 when Taylor Fedun scored…