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Casey Mittelstadt heard the roar of the KeyBank Center crowd for a split-second before exhaustion forced him to skate to the bench for a break. Mittelstadt, Kyle Okposo and Conor Sheary -- the Buffalo Sabres' second line -- had just controlled the puck in the offensive zone for over a minute during a shift in the first period. "Right as they started cheering I hit a wal…

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Evan Rodrigues rushed up the ice, skated to the top of the right circle and beat Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper with a wrist shot in the third period Thursday night. The goal, Rodrigues' second of the season, gave the Buffalo Sabres a much-needed cushion, and they held on for a 3-1 victory in KeyBank Center. After receiving little secondary scoring during a five-g…

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The Buffalo Sabres have points in six straight games against the Pacific Division and will look to extend that streak tonight with the Arizona Coyotes in town for a 7 p.m. game in KeyBank Center (MSG, Radio  550). Buffalo is 5-0-1 in its last six against the Pacific, keeping that run alive with Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over Los Angeles. The Sabres are 7-2-1 for the se…

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LAS VEGAS – Their one real chance at a day off on this Western road trip came Sunday, so the Buffalo Sabres took advantage of it. A free day in Sin City was a fine reward for all the good things that happened during Saturday night's 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes in Gila River Arena. The opener of a five-game jaunt was a memorable night of mileposts. As a result, t…

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Some major firsts got the Buffalo Sabres off a to good start on their longest Western road trip since 2010 Saturday night. Rasmus Dahlin scored his first NHL goal and Linus Ullmark notched his first career shutout while making his initial start of the season as Buffalo blanked the Arizona Coyotes, 3-0, before 15,304 at Gila River Arena. The win in …

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley was used to these kinds of trips when he was an assistant in Nashville. When you're in the Western Conference, it's no big deal to be gone two weeks at a time for long road jaunts. It's not nearly as common when you're in the East. When the Sabres took the ice Saturday night to meet the Arizona Coyotes in Gila River…

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GLENDALE,  Ariz. – The Buffalo Sabres kick off a five-game road trip with their first road game of the season Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes in Gila River Arena. It's a 9 p.m. Eastern time start on MSG and WGR Radio. The Sabres are 2-2 after the longest season-opening homestand in their history. Arizona is 1-2. Here are Five Things to Know about tonight's…

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In another battle for the bottom, the Buffalo Sabres again did the job at least some of their fans wanted to see by losing to the Arizona Coyotes. There was no open cheering for the visitors like there was when the Coyotes posted an overtime victory here in 2015 at the height of the tank for Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel In fact, there was ample booing of the Sabres la…

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The Buffalo Sabres' three-headed goalie is no big deal to Robin Lehner. He's lived it before and understands what the club is doing with prospect Linus Ullmark, even though it will likely cost Lehner ice time over the season's final weeks. "I got into the league the same way. Almost every goalie that gets into the league does it this way," Lehner said prior to the game …

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It's not Tankathon II but it's close as the Sabres and Arizona Coyotes meet Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. The 7 p.m. faceoff pits the league's 31st-place team (the Sabres at 58 points) against No. 29 (Arizona at 59). But both clubs have been appreciably better in the last 20 games while Vancouver is collapsing with seven straight losses and a 4-15-3 mark in its last 2…

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There's no word yet on any sort of timetable for Jack Eichel's return to the Buffalo Sabres' lineup. Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be on the verge of getting Auston Matthews back, but his return may not come when the teams meet Thursday in KeyBank Center. The Sabres are 6-6-2 without Eichel, who suffered a high ankle sprain Feb. 10 at Boston and has resum…

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Just stop. Please. The rumblings were growing and finally started to bubble to the surface Thursday morning after the Sabres' hideous loss to Calgary dropped them into last place in the NHL's overall standing for a few hours. No, The Tank should not be back on again. Enough of All In For Dahlin, as in Swedish defenseman and presumptive No. 1 choice Rasmus Dahlin. Three …

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The Bills ended the longest postseason drought in American professional sports by making the playoffs for the first time since 1999, ending a span of 17 consecutive seasons without a playoff berth. Who owns the longest playoff drought now? No, it's not the Buffalo Sabres, although they're on the list. That sad title now belongs to the Seattle Mariners, who have gone …

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As part of the NHL's 100-year anniversary, the league sponsored an online vote for the greatest moment of its first century of play and the bracket-style "tournament" was an interesting process to follow. Just think of all the things that got notice. Bobby Orr's flying-through-the-air goal that won the 1970 Stanley Cup. Wayne Gretzky's 50 goals in 39 games. Or his 77th …

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The discussion about tanking never really goes away in these parts as long as the Sabres stay near the bottom of the NHL standings, and it got a new jolt Wednesday night when the Houston Astros wrapped up the first World Series title in their 56-year history just four seasons after they were 51-111. Pro-tankers are quick to hop on the Astros' bandwagon as a foolproof ex…