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Ralph Krueger's impact thus far in Buffalo has been plainly obvious: A strong use of positive reinforcement, a simple system that relies on instinct, a full attack on the puck and a defensive structure that keeps the field of view clear for the goaltenders. As a result, Carter Hutton and Linus Ullmark are making plenty of saves. But in the first two weeks of the season,…

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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. – There are now flecks of gray in his beard, yet Ryan Miller still possesses the wry sense of humor that has endeared him to teammates, fans and the media throughout his 17 years in the National Hockey League. Miller let out a slight chuckle at the mention of him playing at a "high level" in goal for the Anaheim Ducks at 39 years old and gave a typical h…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (5-0-1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (4-2-0) Where: Honda Center When: 10 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Sabres' lineup: Winger Conor Sheary joined the Sabres for the three-game road trip but is still "day to day" with an upper-body injury, according to coach Ralph Krueger. Forward Curtis Lazar, who was recalled from Rochester on Sunday, and defenseman Joh…

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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 …