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For all Conor Sheary has experienced during four NHL seasons, from winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh to playing alongside Sidney Crosby, even the 26-year-old Buffalo Sabres winger has trouble ignoring the score sheet following games. There have been many nights this season where he hasn't liked the outcome. Sheary scored only four goals over a 43-game span…

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The belief that fueled the Buffalo Sabres' unprecedented 10-game winning streak and their ascent to the top of the NHL has wavered over the past three months. That seemingly unflappable confidence was replaced with an emotional rollercoaster, as a young roster tried to cope with the constant challenges of a playoff push. With their season on the brink Friday night in Ke…

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Casey Mittelstadt heard the roar of the KeyBank Center crowd for a split-second before exhaustion forced him to skate to the bench for a break. Mittelstadt, Kyle Okposo and Conor Sheary -- the Buffalo Sabres' second line -- had just controlled the puck in the offensive zone for over a minute during a shift in the first period. "Right as they started cheering I hit a wal…

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A little R&R. And some real live actual practices. Things have been quite a bit different for the Buffalo Sabres the last few days as they finally got a chance to catch their collective breath after an intense stretch of hockey that lasted nearly a month. When they hit the ice for Saturday's 1 p.m. game against the Philadelphia Flyers in KeyBank Center, the Sabre…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – Lawrence Pilut's family and friends have been told to prepare for a late night. Pilut, a 22-year-old defenseman, will make his NHL debut for the Buffalo Sabres against the Florida Panthers tonight at 7 p.m. Pilut, recalled from the Rochester Americans on Tuesday, will be inserted into the lineup after defenseman Jake McCabe suffered an "upper-body" injur…

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TAMPA — A new acquisition showed up for the Buffalo Sabres at Thursday's morning skate in Amalie Arena but the trade wasn't just announced. It actually happened in June. Veteran defenseman Matt Hunwick was also a part of the deal that saw the Sabres acquire forward Conor Sheary from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional 2019 fourth-round draft pick, but had yet to s…

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Buffalo Sabres winger Conor Sheary will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks after leaving practice early Monday at KeyBank Center, coach Phil Housley told reporters. Defenseman Zach Bogosian also missed practice for a "maintenance day," but is expected to play against the Sharks. Patrik Berglund, placed on injured reserve last Wednesday, skated o…

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PITTSBURGH – Since arriving in Buffalo, reporters have interviewed Conor Sheary more frequently than he's accustomed to. He used to watch from his spot inside the Pittsburgh Penguins' locker room as the media horde rushed to speak to Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin after games. Now, he's part of the Sabres' nucleus, a fast, tenacious winger acquired by General Manager Ja…

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MONTREAL — Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup for just the second time in eight games Thursday night and it was no coincidence. Coach Phil Housley said after practice Wednesday that Beaulieu's attitude the last couple weeks as an accidental healthy scratch has been excellent. And the coach was playing an obvious hunch as well: As a former first…

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Kyle Okposo flipped the puck back toward the blue line, where Rasmus Ristolainen was waiting. The Sabres defenseman corralled it for a moment before zipping a perfect pass to Jack Eichel, who rifled a one-timer past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for the Sabres’ first goal in a 4-2 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday at KeyBank Center. The goal, the Sabres’ …

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With the fan base already down in the mouth just one game into the season, the Buffalo Sabres made sure to send a quick message Saturday night. When they play with pizzazz, they can score. They can also play physical and pack a punch. They also can trust their goaltender more than in the past. For the ripoff that Thursday night's clunker against Boston felt like, the…

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The sun did come up for the Buffalo Sabres Friday. That was exactly the message coach Phil Housley said he conveyed to his team when it reported to KeyBank Center for a video session. The team then hit the ice for an hourlong practice and the workout featured interesting tidbits. There were some clearly grouchy players at times — never a bad thing — and Housley ran some…

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A Sabres franchise long mired in the depths of the National Hockey League standings, finishing in last place in three of the last five seasons, had nowhere to go but up. And an offseason overhaul of the roster is inspiring optimism that Buffalo is poised to finally resurface as a playoff contender. Thirty-seven percent of those who voted in an informal Buffalo News poll…

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The Buffalo Sabres injury report continues to be a mixed bag. On the plus side, Conor Sheary returned to practice with the team for the first time since the opening of training camp. On the downside, Scott Wilson went down during practice, helped off the ice without being able to put any weight on his right leg. Let's start with the positives. Sheary came to the S…

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Injuries have hit the Buffalo Sabres early in the preseason. Sean Malone took a hit to the knee in the second period of Monday night's win against Columbus and hobbled off the ice. He is listed as out for six weeks. Malone is expected to be a major contributor in his second season in Rochester. Conor Sheary, acquired in the offseason from Pittsburgh, is listed as …