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LOS ANGELES — As a new top forward line goes, the Buffalo Sabres could not have asked for anything more. It was born in practice Friday and coach Phil Housley thought things looked good. Under the bright lights of Saturday — as the undercard in Staples Center to LeBron James' home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers — the Blue and Gold's top trio was a slam dunk. Jeff S…

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LOS ANGELES — On Oct. 23, 2003, LeBron James was six days away from making his NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That's the last time the Buffalo Sabres won in Staples Center. Until it happened Saturday. And it came in a game that wrapped up a scant four hours before The King made his debut in the building for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Sabres were kings of th…

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — It's as if Phil Housley went to one of those frilly West Coast juiceries or health food stores, started tossing in the ingredients and pushed the button that said "High". Because what the Sabres unveiled at practice here Friday was their coach putting his forward lines and power-play units through the blender. It's not like Housley had any real c…

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley was used to these kinds of trips when he was an assistant in Nashville. When you're in the Western Conference, it's no big deal to be gone two weeks at a time for long road jaunts. It's not nearly as common when you're in the East. When the Sabres took the ice Saturday night to meet the Arizona Coyotes in Gila River…

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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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So you think the Sabres can ease into things with Rasmus Dahlin on board for the first time and Casey Mittelstadt in the lineup full time? Or that they can take a few weeks to let Carter Hutton get more comfortable as a starting goalie, have Conor Sheary work his way back from injury after missing almost all of training camp and have the Patrik Berglund/Vladimir Sobotka…

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Jack Eichel was in his waterfront townhouse cooking dinner on a routine night when his phone rang Tuesday. On the other end of the line was Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley. While that might not be all that unusual, the message was. Come to the rink right now for a meeting. That was a little strange. The Sabres took Tuesday off for practice but had been at KeyBank C…

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At 35, Jason Pominville is the graybeard of the Buffalo Sabres. Imagine that. Presented with the notion Saturday in HarborCenter – even though he still looks just about as boyish as he did when he burst on the scene here more than a decade ago – Pominville had a good laugh at the thought. "I feel like it's almost been that way for a few years now," Pominville said af…

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Jason Pominville is the only player who knows, so his Buffalo Sabres teammates ask him a lot. This arena gets loud? What is it like to play in when the fans are involved? "I've tried to answer it as best as I can," Pominville said in KeyBank Center, which has been likened to a library and morgue. "I've seen the other side of it. This city is amazing when you win. It'…

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Phil Housley knows Nashville is ready for a good time. At the very least, the Buffalo Sabres are in for a memorable experience. The merging of a great team, enthusiastic fans and a party atmosphere has made Nashville's arena one of the places to be in the NHL. That's especially true on weekends, as Buffalo will learn when it visits the Predators on Saturday night. "I…

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Jason Pominville is an alum of the days when the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs played eight times a season. So what's gone on this year has been a head-scratcher to him. The Sabres play game 66 of their season Monday night in KeyBank Center, exactly five months after the campaign began. And it's the first time all year they meet the Leafs. But the longtime riva…

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TAMPA, Fla. – Jason Pominville didn't want to let on that it was bugging him, but heck yeah it was bugging him. He's been a point-producer his whole life. To have no goals in 20 games and just one in the last 34 was not fun. "You've gotten to know me through the years," the Buffalo Sabres veteran said Wednesday night. "I was definitely getting a little frustrated, but I…

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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. — And as they wait for the phone to ring with the NHL trade deadline approaching, the Buffalo Sabres play on. Away from KeyBank Center, the Sabres' road show continues to be a rousing success. It continues Saturday night in Capital One Arena against the Washington Capitals, with Buffalo at 5-0-1 in its last six road games following Thursday's 3-2 overtime…

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Before Ryan Miller rewrote the Sabres' record book, before Jason Pominville became a playoff legend, before Thomas Vanek became a top-five scorer, they could have died. Can you imagine the Sabres without them? What a horror story. The chilling tale traces to a snowy night during the 2004-05 season, a year before the trio arrived in Buffalo. They were playing in Roche…