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Casey Mittelstadt's solemn expression told the story late Monday night. The 20-year-old center hit the post to come within inches of scoring the game-winning goal in overtime and lost control of the puck on the Buffalo Sabres' final attempt of the shootout. Those were two of a number of bounces that did not go in their favor. "It's tough," Mittelstadt lamented follow…

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Ralph Krueger watched from behind the Buffalo Sabres bench as his players lost a two-goal lead Monday night in KeyBank Center. His penalty kill allowed the tying goal late in the second period to an opponent on the final game of a long road trip. Their first period was the highlight of their return home. The Sabres blew a two-goal lead in the first period for the second…

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Phil Housley received a warm welcome from the fans during his first game in Buffalo since being fired as head coach of the Sabres in April. Housley, now an assistant coach with the Arizona Coyotes under Rick Tocchet, was honored with a tribute video on the scoreboard above center ice during the first period Monday night inside KeyBank Center. He waved to the crowd after…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (9-2-1) vs. Arizona Coyotes (6-3-1) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Sabres' lineup: Neither defenseman Marco Scandella (lower body) nor winger Jimmy Vesey (upper body) will be available against the Coyotes. Scandella is out two to three weeks, while Vesey is listed on the team's injury report as "week to week." De…

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When the Arizona Coyotes took a lap around the KeyBank Center ice at the sound of Rick Tocchet's whistle Sunday morning, Phil Housley jokingly began to chase defenseman Jason Demers. Housley, grinning while wearing a Coyotes track suit, slowed his pursuit and circled back to run players through their next drill. The 55-year-old Hall-of-Fame defenseman appeared to be in …

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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…