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So that's it for the Sabres for October after Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to Arizona. There are several good takeaways from the month, but also one gnawing question that's pretty similar to the one that hung heavy in the air Sunday in Orchard Park. Are these guys really any good? We're about to find out a lot in the next few games. But before any dissection can be sta…

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There is an audible gasp inside KeyBank Center when the puck is headed toward Victor Olofsson on the power play. The opposing goalie slides to that side of the net, and defenders scramble to try to block the one-timer slap shot that has quickly become feared around the National Hockey League. Olofsson has transformed the Buffalo Sabres' attack on the man advantage with …

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The NHL must be one tough league. Ask Sabres goalie Carter Hutton about it. Hutton posted back-to-back shutouts last week, stopping all 72 shots he faced in wins against Dallas and Los Angeles. His rewards? The NHL only named him its Third Star of the Week – and he didn't even get to start in the next game after either shutout. It's a good bet Hutton will get back in…

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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week on Monday after fashioning back-to-back shutouts in his last two starts. Hutton stopped all 72 shots he faced in posting his first two shutouts as a Sabre. Hutton made 25 saves in last Monday's 4-0 win over Dallas and followed that with a 47-save blanking of Los Angeles in Thursday's 3-0 …

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LOS ANGELES -- Each of the 11 pucks from Carter Hutton's first shutouts in the National Hockey League are stashed somewhere in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They're keepsakes from the 33-year-old's circuitous journey from undrafted free agent to the Buffalo Sabres. Someday Hutton will have the souvenirs as a reminder of his accomplishments during his career. For now, he's not e…

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It's six games into the schedule so let's not get crazy. And the scars of last season remain open wounds to fans. But this certainly feels different. We're seeing real live maturity out of the Buffalo Sabres. Confidence. Purpose. A plan. And the learning is almost immediate. Monday's 4-0 whitewash of the Dallas Stars had much deeper meaning when you study the way it …

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PITTSBURGH – Carter Hutton expected the eight hours from the Buffalo Sabres' morning skate Thursday to puck drop of the season opener to feel like an eternity. This wasn't the first season opener for Hutton. The 33-year-old started in goal for the Sabres against Boston in KeyBank Center last October. However, a certain amount of nervousness comes with the first game of …

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Carter Hutton never thought much about the importance of the defensive structure around him. The 33-year-old, like most National Hockey League goalies, was always consumed by keeping the puck out of his own net. His perspective changed after one season with the Buffalo Sabres. Repeated lapses in the defensive zone negatively impacted the team's goaltending, leading to a…

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The Buffalo Sabres have to learn how to walk before they can run. The public proclamations come training camp in September are expected to revolve around climbing into the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but a serious reality check is needed. The Sabres still have lots of work to do with their roster, including the major decision of keeping defensive workhors…

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When watching the Stanley Cup playoffs from his offseason home in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton noticed a common thread among teams still playing in mid-May. Defensive structure. The high-powered offenses in Pittsburgh, Washington and Tampa Bay did not reach the second round, while teams with less high-end skill used their discipline witho…

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In the final days of an unpredictable season, Carter Hutton has not lost sight of why he chose to sign with the Buffalo Sabres. The 33-year-old goalie was free to join any NHL team last summer after an outstanding season in St. Louis and reportedly had offers from a few playoff contenders, including Boston. Yet, Hutton chose a three-year contract from the Sabres, who ha…

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UNIONDALE – The message was sent during pregame warmups. A solitary Buffalo Sabres fan in a white jersey pressed a placard with black letters against the glass behind the Buffalo bench. It said simply, "Fire Housley." The fan stood there for about 10 minutes, then quietly climbed the stairs with his card when the warmups were over. He might get his wish in four more …

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NEWARK, N.J. — Sam Reinhart dashed toward the blue line, braced for Rasmus Dahlin's shot and fell to the ice when the puck struck him. Dahlin quickly skated over to check on Reinhart, who stood up and skated to center ice before the Buffalo Sabres concluded a fast-paced practice Sunday in Prudential Center. Their playoff hopes ended with a 7-4 loss in Montreal one night…

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When Carter Hutton skated to the bench after the first period Tuesday night, six of his Buffalo Sabres teammates were waiting to thank him. Hutton, the team's 33-year-old goalie, had just stopped all 19 shots he faced in the first 20 minutes. Following the second period, Hutton slammed the shaft of his stick against the dasher board in front of the Sabres' bench. In the…

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Driving down Washington Street to The News building 90 minutes before faceoff, I saw 26 fans in Leafs jerseys between Sahlen Field and Harborcenter before I saw a Sabres jersey. And that one was a Marcus Foligno No. 82, not even someone on the current team. It set the stage for another one of those crazy frenetic nights with the Leafs in the building. Of course, it was …