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DETROIT — Perhaps pigs do fly and the world really is flat. Because the Buffalo Sabres actually closed their season by putting together a winning streak and winning a game on the road. The Sabres posted back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-December by clubbing the Detroit Red Wings, 7-1, Saturday night in their season finale at Little Caesars Arena. Jeff Sk…

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DETROIT — Thomas Vanek was watching from his couch Thursday night and he had the same feeling for Jason Pominville that everyone in KeyBank Center did. Vanek is in a similar spot as Pominville, a mid-30s player pondering his future and balancing the thought of another year with the Detroit Red Wings with the needs of his family. So he was thrilled to see Pominville, his…

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DETROIT – This is it. Game 82 of a lost season. The Buffalo Sabres wrap up a death march of four-plus months since the halcyon days of November Saturday night in Little Caesars Arena against the Detroit Red Wings. They're 32-39-10 for 74 points and thus the best they can do is 76, a mild improvement over last year's 62-point finish but a disappointment given preseason e…

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Only six games remain in another nonplayoff season for the Buffalo Sabres. At this point, they are playing for pride and are building towards next season. Three recent call-ups from Rochester will be on the ice when the Sabres face the Detroit Red Wings tonight at 7 p.m., and two of the team's regular defensemen are out of the lineup: Zach Bogosian and Rasmus Ristolaine…

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DENVER -- The Sabres played here Saturday under the watchful eyes of the Pepsi Center's massive scoreboard. Installed in 2013, it remains one of the behemoths of the league at 27 feet high by 48 feet long and was the first answer to Tampa Bay's 28-by-50 display that was erected in 2012 and has long been the league's gold standard. As the Sabres ponder a laundry list of …

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Linus Ullmark was sitting at his stall in KeyBank Center following practice Friday while Sam Reinhart stood across the home dressing room surrounded by reporters. Reinhart was explaining how he misspoke the previous night when it appeared he blamed Ullmark for a loss to Carolina and called the 25-year-old goalie "already one of the best in the world." While it is lik…

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For all the Buffalo Sabres' faults in Phil Housley's second season as coach, the franchise now possesses tantalizing offensive talent that can compete with the NHL's best. At times, that strength has been a weakness. Gifted offensive players such as Jack Eichel or Casey Mittelstadt have an unwavering confidence that they can make the most difficult plays. That has led t…

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The idea of a possible rift in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room made Zach Bogosian laugh. No matter the public perception surrounding Sam Reinhart's postgame comments Thursday or the apology that followed, Bogosian and his teammates insisted they were as close Friday as they were at the end of the 10-game winning streak. They appeared to be anything but a broken team S…

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Phil Housley chose not to make wholesale changes following another defensive letdown Thursday night. The Buffalo Sabres' coach will start Linus Ullmark in goal this afternoon against the Detroit Red Wings in KeyBank Center. Opening faceoff is 1:08 p.m. The only lineup change is Tage Thompson will replace C.J. Smith, who has scored in two of his last three games for Buff…

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DETROIT – Jack Eichel was the first to greet Sam Reinhart at center ice after the goal that helped the Buffalo Sabres defy the odds. History wasn't on their side. Neither was the NHL schedule. This was their sixth game in nine nights, four of which were on the road. Yet, Reinhart's backhanded shot over Jimmy Howard's shoulder in the seventh shootout round extended their…

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DETROIT — Sam Reinhart scored in the seventh shootout round to extend the Buffalo Sabres' winning streak to nine with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena. With the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators both idle, the Sabres, now 16-6-2, lead the NHL with 34 points. They've earned points in nine straight for the first tim…

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DETROIT — With the Buffalo Sabres playing their third game in four nights, coach Phil Housley shuffled his lineup again for tonight's 7 p.m. game against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Winger Remi Elie and defenseman Casey Nelson will replace Zemgus Girgensons and Nathan Beaulieu, while backup goalie Linus Ullmark will start. With the Tampa Bay Lightning…

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This is the second of two stories looking at the NHL's Atlantic Division in the wake of the draft and free agency period. Read the first here. The Florida Panthers finished fourth in the Atlantic Division last season with 96 points. The Detroit Red Wings were fifth — with just 73. The Sabres' last-place finish left them with 62 points, which was 34 behind a Florida team…

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ARLINGTON, Va. - Naturally, the Buffalo Sabres liked one of the signature officiating decisions from Thursday's 3-2 overtime win in Detroit. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill was less than pleased. Blashill went off to Detroit reporters following the game due to the lack of a goaltender interference call against Jason Pominville on Evander Kane's wraparound goal that gave t…

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill had his say with Detroit reporters following the Sabres' overtime victory Thursday night in Little Caesars Arena and his gripe was clear: He was stunned about the lack of a goaltender interference call against Jason Pominville on Evander Kane's wraparound goal that gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead in the second period. Pominvill…