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BOSTON – With a 400th consecutive sellout crowd watching from inside TD Garden, the Buffalo Sabres illustrated how far they have come since they were shut out by Boston back on opening night Oct. 4. The Sabres capped a two-game road trip Sunday night with a 4-2 win over the Bruins. Buffalo, 20-9-5 with 45 points, has won three of its last four and is 7-3-2 against the A…

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The big guns were largely silent. The Buffalo Sabres' most consistent unit in Thursday's season opener was easily its fourth line. Evan Rodrigues centered Zemgus Girgensons and Jason Pominville and the group did some fine work during the 4-0 loss to Boston. The trio combined for five shots on goal and regularly had the puck in the Bruins' end. "I thought we kept thin…

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Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand may be a gnat that drives opposing teams and fans crazy, but once you get through the antics, you're left with a dynamic offensive talent. The Buffalo Sabres found that out the hard way on opening night Thursday. Marchand assisted on all four goals as the Boston Bruins bludgeoned Buffalo, 4-0, in KeyBank Center. It was a shockingly …

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Nearly six months after their last game that counted, the Buffalo Sabres are finally back on the ice Thursday night to open the 2018-19 season against the Boston Bruins. In the wake of pregame ceremonies, faceoff is scheduled for 7:11 p.m., with the game on MSG and WGR Radio. Hall of Famer Rick Jeanneret is again at the mic for the opener, extending a career that starte…

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It will be just after 1 a.m. Friday back home in Sweden when Ramsus Dahlin's NHL career gets its opening faceoff Thursday night in KeyBank Center. Several media members from the homeland will be in town to cover the Sabres' game against the Boston Bruins and some made their way to practice Wednesday morning. Dahlin is used to the attention. He's lived it the last two ye…

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When they take the ice Thursday night in KeyBank Center, the Sabres will be staging their first season opener at home against the Boston Bruins since they met in Memorial  Auditorium on Oct. 10, 1974. A bizarre piece of trivia to be sure, that their longtime rivals have not been the opening opponent for 44 years. Sabres legend Danny Gare was surprised to hear it, too, w…

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The Buffalo Sabres are on the ice at KeyBank Center in their final practice before Thursday's regular season opener against the Boston Bruins. Owing to a rugged opening stretch of the season that sees four games in the first eight games – all at home – the team took Monday off. The lines at practice today look like this: Skinner-Eichel-Reinhart Sheary-Berglund-Thomp…

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This is the first of two stories looking at the NHL's Atlantic Division in the wake of the draft and free agency period. Read Part Two. The Atlantic Division is seriously top heavy – and that doesn't even account for the possibility of Erik Karlsson landing in Tampa Bay. And now that John Tavares has been added to the mix in Toronto, it's bad news all around for teams l…

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The Buffalo Sabres' record of recent success with their first-round draft picks should continue Friday night in Dallas when they take Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick. But where their development model has been flawed in recent years has been after Round 1. That's something General Manager Jason Botterill is bent on changing. He has to cha…

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So why do teams, fans and media spend all season fretting about the quest for home-ice advantage in the playoffs? So far this spring, it's proving to mean very little. Road teams are 40-35 in the postseason this year heading into Saturday night's Tampa Bay-Washington showdown in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final at Tampa's Amalie Arena. That includes a 19-13 mark s…

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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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Ask Brad May 25 years later about perhaps the most well-known goal in Buffalo Sabres history and he says he's just like you: Most of his memories come from watching the tape and listening to Rick Jeanneret's iconic radio call. "I was absolutely almost sleepwalking in that moment," May said last week by phone from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. "It was a reactive thing. N…

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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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Big news out of Boston: Top-line center Patrice Bergeron, who is a leading candidate for both the Hart and Selke trophies, is out with a fractured right foot and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. And get this: The injury happened Saturday in Toronto and Bergeron played here with it on Sunday against the Sabres in KeyBank Center. "Following the (Toronto) game, Berger…

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All is quiet at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza. At least for now. The Sabres are hosting the Boston Bruins in a 5 p.m. start at KeyBank Center and they have made no moves in advance of Monday's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline. Winger Evander Kane, almost certain to be dealt, will be held out of the lineup for the second straight day. Defenseman Josh Gorges, who could move, …