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CALGARY – Jack Eichel would not be denied. His Buffalo Sabres teammates felt the same way from puck drop Wednesday night in Scotiabank Saddledome. With the puck on the blade of his stick and the game on the line, Eichel passed over a line change and skated slowly through the neutral zone. He then picked up his pace into the right faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot ov…

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CALGARY -- This was the response coach Phil Housley wanted from the Buffalo Sabres. After allowing seven goals in an embarrassing loss to Edmonton, his players unleashed one of their finest efforts in weeks Wednesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome. Backed by two third-period goals, the Sabres stunned the Western Conference's best team, the Calgary Flames, with a come-fr…

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CALGARY – Nathan Beaulieu's time with the Buffalo Sabres could be coming to an end. Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reported Wednesday night that Beaulieu, a 26-year-old defenseman, requested to be traded ahead of a game against the Calgary Flames in Scotiabank Saddledome. Beaulieu was a healthy scratch has played only three of the Sabres' past 14 games. He struggled in …

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CALGARY — Tage Thompson knew all about the NHL life before his even began. The Buffalo Sabres' 21-year-old winger learned to skate in the former home arena of the Hartford Whalers, played hockey on frozen ponds in Alaska and once skipped school as a child to watch the New York Islanders practice. Thompson and his family lived in 11 different NHL or AHL cities because hi…

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CALGARY – The road trip does not get easier for the Buffalo Sabres. In fact, their game tonight against the Calgary Flames could be one of the more difficult tests of the season and it could not come at a worse time. The Sabres (23-17-6) suffered arguably their worst loss of the season Monday in Edmonton when they allowed a season-high seven goals. The Flames (30-13-4) …

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CALGARY — Carter Hutton had every reason to deflect the blame to his Buffalo Sabres teammates. After all, they gave him little help in a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in Rogers Place on Monday night. Their unforced errors led Hutton being pulled after the 33-year-old goalie allowed five goals on 12 shots. It has been a difficult five weeks for Hutton. He has lost eigh…

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CALGARY – Before the Buffalo Sabres touched a puck Tuesday morning in Scotiabank Saddledome, they revisited what went wrong in a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers one night earlier. During an extensive pre-practice film session, coach Phil Housley pointed out the numerous breakdowns that led to arguably the team's worst loss of the season. The message was clear: The Sabre…

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The Western Canada road trip was a rare bright spot for the Buffalo Sabres last season. They're desperately in need of similar success this year. The Sabres hit the skies for Edmonton Sunday, where they'll open their annual three-game trip Monday night in Rogers Place against the Oilers. The road has not been kind for Buffalo of late, as the Sabres are just 1-6-2 in the…

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Johnny Gaudreau's goal with 2:20 left in overtime gave the Calgary Flames a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night in KeyBank Center. The Sabres (6-4-2) lost in OT for the second straight game as Gaudreau potted a Mark Giordano pass on a 2-on-1 with Jack Eichel the only man back. This one was a heartbreaker as Calgary tied the game with 55.9 seconds left in the t…

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It was a Carolina Hurricanes reunion Tuesday night in KeyBank Center. The Canes retooled their team with a pair of major moves over the summer and those players went head to head when the Sabres met the Calgary Flames. In fact, Buffalo's Jeff Skinner and Calgary's Elias Lindholm entered the game leading their respective teams in goals after the summer deals out of Ca…

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The Sabres have already clinched their best October since 2011 and they close the month tonight with a visit from the Calgary Flames to KeyBank Center. The vitals are standard: Faceoff shortly after 7, with the game on MSG and WGR Radio 550. A win tonight gives the Sabres (6-4-1) their best October since they went 8-2-1 in 2009, en route to a Northeast Division champion…

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They landed as teammates in Calgary in 1998. Phil Housley was 34 years old and on the back side of his Hall of Fame career. Steve Smith was 35 and his years as a physical defenseman had earned him three Stanley Cups — and one notable instance of ignominy — while a key member of the legendary Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s. For three years, they were together. Their sons p…

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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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Danny O'Regan might make his Sabres debut Thursday night in Ottawa and the forward acquired last week from San Jose knows he's not going to slip into the Buffalo lineup unnoticed. Especially after being the lone current player acquired for Evander Kane, Buffalo's top rental at the deadline. "I try not to put that pressure on myself but I know because I'm part of the Eva…