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LAS VEGAS – Patrick Kane is a self-professed hockey nerd. The South Buffalo native watched the Stanley Cup playoffs closely as Central Division rival St. Louis capped its run from last place in the league in January to the summit in June. It's a lesson Kane said his Chicago Blackhawks and a lot of other teams can learn from. "You're just watching as a fan, not really ro…

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Dennis Gilbert has become the latest Buffalo native to play in an NHL game. Gilbert, a 22-year-old graduate of St. Joe’s, was recalled from Rockford by the Chicago Blackhawks and made his debut Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues. Wearing No. 39, Gilbert played 12 minutes, 46 seconds on defense and had a two-minute minor penalty. The Blackhawks beat the Blues in …

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CHICAGO -- Right now, the Buffalo Sabres are doing just enough to lose. Especially on the road. Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in United Center didn't prompt anguish in the Sabres' dressing room. It was more a sense of bewilderment about an ultra-loose affair that featured a combined 84 shots on goal and 133 attempts. "It's frustrating, pretty…

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CHICAGO -- No matter what they do, the Buffalo Sabres can't find a way to win in "The Madhouse on Madison." The United Center no longer houses a Stanley Cup champion and probably won't even host a playoff game for the second straight year but the Chicago Blackhawks own the Sabres here. South Buffalo native Patrick Kane scored the go-ahead goal in the shootout as the …

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CHICAGO — There's not going to be any Stanley Cup celebration in the Windy City and, for the second straight spring, it's looking like there won't be any playoff games at all. The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the NHL's most up-and-down teams all season but it looked like they had things solved last month when they roared back from last place in the Western Confer…

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CHICAGO -- Talk about timing. With their playoff hopes basically gone and their inability to win on the road a big reason why, the Buffalo Sabres find themselves playing a game Thursday night in the NHL arena in which they've waited the longest to find another win. How long has it been since the Sabres have beaten the Chicago Blackhawks in the United Center? The last…

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When the Sabres arrived in Columbus to open their post-break schedule, they were the sidelight story to the NHL's biggest ongoing drama. Pity the poor Blue Jackets. They've never won a playoff series since they were born in 2000, topped by the ungodly collapse that changed history last spring. Columbus, remember, won the first two games of its opening-round series in Wa…

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Phil Housley's message has not changed since he became coach of the Buffalo Sabres, yet his players' execution has deteriorated since a 10-game winning streak had them sitting atop the NHL more than two months ago. His frustrations with their play reached a boiling point Friday night, when the Sabres opened a seven-game homestand in KeyBank Center with an embarrassing 7…

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A seven-game homestand that could determine the direction of the Buffalo Sabres' season began with a thud Friday night. The Sabres, playing their third game in four nights, nearly came back from a three-goal deficit by scoring twice in the third period, but they lost to the last-place Chicago Blackhawks, 7-3, in KeyBank Center. Buffalo, now 25-20-6 and 3-7 over the p…

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The season-making (or breaking) homestand begins tonight. Seven games in a row, starting with a 7 p.m. matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks in KeyBank Center. The Sabres can pull within one point of idle Columbus for the final East wild-card slot with a win. "Our sole focus is on tonight," coach Phil Housley said today. "I know there's a lot of talk that we have a lot…

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There are teams that are completely organized, there are teams where you sometimes wonder what they're up to and then there are the Carolina Hurricanes. What in the world is up with these guys? New owner Tom Dundon and new coach Rod Brind'Amour are not distinguishing themselves this season. Same for General Manager Don Waddell. The Canes' playoff drought stretches to…

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CHICAGO — Patrick Kane insists he still feels like the same kid who dangled all the way from South Buffalo to become the NHL's No. 1 overall draft pick by the time he was 18. But the time has sure flown by. Come Monday, Kane hits The Big 3-0. He'll join a group of NHL superstars now on the other side of 30, a list that includes Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Alexan…

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TORONTO – Martin Brodeur got his Hockey Hall of Fame ring Friday and will earn his formal induction Monday night. Great moment for him and his family, certainly one that was fully expected. The longtime New Jersey goaltender would like to see it repeated someday for a former Stanley Cup-winning teammate who continues to be one of the more notable omissions from the Hall. …

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It was widely reported late Saturday night and into Sunday that the Sabres won the NHL Draft Lottery when the combination of balls marked 1-4-6-14 came out of the machine at CBC headquarters in Toronto. But who was also close to unlocking the combination to land Rasmus Dahlin? The Ottawa Senators actually had the best chance after the first three balls had been drawn…

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Rewind the clocks 10 years. I'm behind the wheel with smelly hockey equipment in the back seat and my 11-year-old, Sabres-loving, hockey-playing son in the front. It was the same year Buffalo became the first team to miss the playoffs after reaching the conference finals in consecutive seasons. We were driving home from a spring clinic at Hockey Outlet when he started t…