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Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill waited until the eve of the NHL trade deadline to upgrade his roster, acquiring defenseman Brandon Montour from the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. The Sabres parted with defenseman Brendan Guhle and one of their three first-round picks in the upcoming draft to acquire Montour, a 24-year-old who has five goals among 25 point…

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By Elliott Teaford Orange County Register ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Ducks played a throwback game Sunday at Honda Center, and for once in a long time it wasn’t a game they wanted to throw back. They rose up and smacked down the Washington Capitals, seizing a 5-2 victory from the Stanley Cup champions. Ryan Miller returned to the Ducks’ net for the first time since suf…

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The final 20 minutes of regulation Saturday night illustrated the problems that have plagued the Buffalo Sabres since the end of their 10-game winning streak. They could not generate scoring chances because they were fending off another furious third-period rally. The Sabres wasted energy by taking three third-period penalties and needed backup goalie Linus Ullmark to b…

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For all that almost went wrong for the Buffalo Sabres in their home finale before the holiday break, they were able to snap a two-game losing streak and showed signs of progress on the second night of back-to-back games. Rasmus Dahlin scored on the power play in the first period, and Jeff Skinner provided an insurance goal in the third to give the Sabres a 3-0 win over …

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The news out of Anaheim that the Ducks claimed former Sabres goalie Chad Johnson on waivers today sounded alarm bells about the status of Ryan Miller and those fears have been realized: The Ducks have announced that Miller, the longtime former Buffalo starter, suffered a sprained MCL in his knee during a goalmouth collision Sunday against New Jersey and will be out for abo…

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Elliott Teaford, Orange County Register Ryan Miller was born in East Lansing, Mich. He played junior hockey in Michigan. He went on to become a standout at Michigan State after the Buffalo Sabres made him their fifth-round draft pick (138th overall) in 1999. He started his professional career in 2002-03. It’s a familiar story for many American-born hockey players. …

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So Ken Hitchcock says there's some fixing to be done with Connor McDavid. Things are going to get mighty interesting now in Edmonton. General Manager Peter Chiarelli's last desperation move to save his own job was to bring in Hitchcock last week after turfing Todd McLellan who, for the record, didn't give Milan Lucic a seven-year contract or fail to provide enough defen…

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ANAHEIM – If you're looking for a weekend that might turn around a season, and maybe even the entire direction of a franchise, the Buffalo Sabres just had one in sunny Southern California. A daunting five-game road trip that could have easily destroyed yet another campaign just when it was getting started now looks like a launching point. The Sabres came home with six o…

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ANAHEIM -- Rasmus Ristolainen's power-play goal at 3:57 of the third period broke a tie and sent the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks Sunday night before a sellout crowd of 17,174 in Honda Center. The Sabres swept the two games in Southern California for the first time since 2003 and did it in back-to-back style after Saturday's 5-1 blowout of the Los …

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ANAHEIM – The Buffalo Sabres went back to starter Carter Hutton in goal here Sunday night for their game against the Anaheim Ducks but it was certainly no reflection on the work of backup Linus Ullmark on this road trip. In his first two appearances of the season after Hutton exclusively got the call in the four-game homestand that opened the season, Ullmark stopped 55 …

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ANAHEIM – The Buffalo Sabres wrap up their longest West Coast trip since 2004 when they head to the Pond for a game Sunday night against the Anaheim Ducks in Honda Center. It's an 8 p.m. Eastern time start on MSG and WGR Radio 550. Because of the 5 p.m. local start, there was no morning skate. During his pregame briefing, coach Phil Housley said Carter Hutton will be in…

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The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs opens this week and the games should be great. We're talking heavyweight matchups. Pittsburgh-Washington. Winnipeg-Nashville. Tampa Bay against Boston or Toronto. And there's the Pacific battle between Vegas and San Jose. Every time people say the Golden Knights are just too raw to keep winning, they go and do it. That four-g…

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A wrist injury suffered just prior to Anaheim Ducks training camp had left Ryan Miller on the sidelines for most of the first month of the season, unable to contribute to his new team. Miller finally got his chance Sunday in Carolina and made the most of his opportunity to give starter John Gibson a breather. Miller made 34 saves -- including all nine shots he faced …

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The final seconds were ticking off the Honda Center clock Sunday night and Phil Housley was able to escape coach mode and allow himself a smile. Housley reached out to shake the hand of associate coach Davis Payne, who made sure to wait for the final horn before giving Housley an enthusiastic shake back. Housley then turned to his left. First-year NHL…

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- That ugly 0-fer is off Phil Housley's resume as an NHL head coach. And it's gone from the Buffalo Sabres' win column in the standings as well. The Sabres got their first victory of the season -- and the first of Housley's career as a bench boss -- as they squeezed out a 3-1 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks Sunday night in Honda Center. Benoit Pouliot…