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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Like any coach, Ralph Krueger wants to ponder all scenarios. His first two games behind the Buffalo Sabres bench went about as well as he could have hoped. How was his team going to respond to its first bit of adversity? Krueger got some answers Monday night in Nationwide Arena and it was a mixed bag. The Sabres' first four points of the season were …

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alexander Texier's goal at 2:08 of overtime gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night, foiling goaltender Linus Ullmark's bid to steal a win for his team. Nick Foligno stole the puck from Jack Eichel in the Buffalo zone and fed the puck to Texier alone in front and he made no mistake. An announced crowd of 14,61…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buffalo Sabres' initial lineup change of the season came Monday night as Linus Ullmark got his first start in goal for the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Nationwide Arena. "We feel it's a good spot for Linus to come into," coach Ralph Krueger said. "He's worked hard all through camp and we feel confident about that change. There's no ques…

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The door to the Buffalo Sabres' bench was slammed after many of their shifts. Boos echoed throughout KeyBank Center after the first, second and third periods. Few glass-wobbling hits were delivered. And many of the Sabres' 38 shots on goal Sunday night resulted in heads shaking in frustration or disbelief. Though most of the sights and sounds of their season's 79th chap…

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The book is out on Linus Ullmark. The 25-year-old goalie has proven capable of making difficult saves for the mistake-prone Buffalo Sabres, yet opponents have noticed that Ullmark struggles when tracking the puck on wraparound shots to the opposite post. That weakness was on full display Sunday night in KeyBank Center, when the Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno used t…

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Another game, another loss Jack Eichel described as "embarrassing." The Buffalo Sabres are playing out the string in an eighth consecutive nonplayoff season, losing Saturday night to the New York Islanders, 5-1. Eichel came to coach Phil Housley's defense afterward, while goalie Carter Hutton said there needs to be more pride in the dressing room. Pride is all the Sabre…

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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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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When the Buffalo Sabres were in jeopardy of watching two points slip away, Jack Eichel spoke up inside the visitors' dressing room. An impassioned speech from the 22-year-old captain was an emotional response after he and his teammates let a two-goal lead slip away in the final three minutes and eight seconds of the second period Tuesday night in Natio…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Since winning 10 consecutive games, the Buffalo Sabres have frustrated themselves and their fans. At times, their tantalizing skill makes them look like a playoff team. At others, they appear too mistake-prone and young to break a seven-year postseason drought. Those remarkable strengths and sometimes overwhelming weaknesses were again on display Tue…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When the Buffalo Sabres reconvened for practice Sunday in HarborCenter, coach Phil Housley wanted his players to reflect on how they performed during training camp four months earlier. That's when the Sabres (24-18-6) established how they wanted to play 5-on-5. Since then, they have played poorly in the defensive zone, which has often rendered their of…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – This was not a game coaches are going to like. Too bad. Anybody watching had to love it. Nine goals, 75 shots on goal and 126 attempts at the net gave the folks in Nationwide Arena plenty to enjoy Saturday night. Unfortunately, it was a mixed bag for the Buffalo Sabres. They first reveled in wiping out a two-goal deficit and getting the game to ov…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Artemi Panarin's second goal of the game, a laser to the top corner of the net just 31 seconds into overtime, gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night in Nationwide Arena. The Sabres (6-4-1) saw their three-game winning streak snapped and lost out on their bid for their first four-gamer since 2014. They have h…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jack Eichel's fate was like a lot of America late Friday night: Sleep won over extra innings. The Boston native and avowed Red Sox fan was trying to stay with the historic Game 3 of the World Series between the Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. But as he fessed up here after Saturday's optional morning skate, he didn't make it to see the finish at 3:30 a.m.…

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COLUMBUS – The Buffalo Sabres go for their third straight road win and fourth straight victory overall Saturday in Nationwide Arena with a 7 p.m. game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. (MSG, Radio 550)). Buffalo is 6-4 while Columbus is 5-4 and both teams enter the day three points out of the lead in their respective divisons. Here are Five Things to Know about tonight…

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CLINTON -- Star forward Artemi Panarin burned Buffalo on a pair of third-period power plays Tuesday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped a tie and went on to a 4-2 exhibition win over the Sabres at Clinton Arena. Panarin's power-play goal on a wicked slapshot with 13:29 left beat Buffalo goalie Scott Wedgewood to put Columbus ahead for keeps. His neat drop pass to…