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No Goal. Those were Lindy Ruff's final two words to fans in Niagara Square when a rally was held in 1999 to celebrate the Buffalo Sabres' run to the Stanley Cup final. You all know what they mean. In the annals of Buffalo sports, there is Wide Right and there is No Goal and every other disappointment has to take its place in line. It was 20 years ago Wednesday whe…

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Joe Cecconi laughed and acknowledged he had never thought much about the mileage he racked up driving from Youngstown to the University of Michigan to watch his grandson, former Wolverines captain Joseph Cecconi, play hockey. So he did some quick math in his head. Before playing four years in Ann Arbor, Joseph spent almost two seasons with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, a ju…

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If this regression of puck luck is bothering Jeff Skinner, he is not showing it. The Buffalo Sabres' leading scorer smirked late Tuesday night when asked of his 12-game goalless drought, despite hitting the post twice in KeyBank Center. He had a more difficult time describing how the Sabres were shut out for a second consecutive game, a 2-0 loss to the Dallas Stars with…

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The response was everything Phil Housley could have hoped for. With Jack Eichel beginning to serve a two-game suspension, seemingly every player in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup created scoring chances while filling a more prominent role and receiving additional ice time. The result, though, left much to be desired. The Sabres were shut out for a second consecutive game, l…

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Jack Eichel won't be on the ice to help the Buffalo Sabres push back. With Eichel serving a two-game suspension, the Sabres are hosting the Dallas Stars tonight at 7 p.m. in KeyBank Center. Remember, the Stars (35-28-5), who control the first wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference, used brute-force to wear the Sabres down in a 1-0 win in Dallas on Jan. 30. Tha…

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DALLAS -- Sam Reinhart and Marco Scandella skated slowly through the neutral zone, both hunched over and gasping for air while the Dallas Stars congratulated one another near their bench in American Airlines Center. The Buffalo Sabres had just fired two shots on goal in the final one minute, 33 seconds of regulation, only to have both stopped by Stars goalie Ben Bishop.…

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DALLAS -- Marco Scandella's celebration was cut short by the sight of referee Kelly Sutherland waving both arms out to signal a no goal. Sutherland, and the official review that followed, ruled Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop was interfered with by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, negating what would have been the tying goal with 15:32 left in the third period …

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The Buffalo Sabres added to their organizational depth at forward Tuesday, claiming former second-round pick Remi Elie on waivers from the Dallas Stars. Elie is signed on a two-way deal for this season with a cap hit of $735,000. Elie, 23, is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound left winger who was a former junior teammate of Connor McDavid with the Erie Otters in 2014-15. He had six …

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Jason Botterill certainly wants to get at least a prize in the sky for Evander Kane. So how can you blame the Sabres' general manager for shooting for the stars and the moon? What TSN is reporting as the Sabres' latest demands, a four-piece return for Kane that includes a first-round draft pick, seems unlikely to actually take place by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. But al…

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Sabres fans were just getting over another anniversary of Brett Hull’s infamous Stanley Cup-winning goal this week when the Dallas Stars Twitter account just had to bring it up again. The goal, scored with a foot in the crease on June 19, 1999 (or, technically, about 1:30 a.m. on June 20), gave the Stars the Cup in downtown Buffalo. The Sabres haven’t been back to a Stanl…

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Adam Benigni of WGRZ returned to the hosting seat on Sunday, just to the right of News columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan for another episode of "Sports Talk Sunday." Topics focused on the future of the Bills and the Sabres, a look into the NHL and NBA playoffs, and the usual Extra Points segment where each of the panelists offers his own insight of the moment.…