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LOS ANGELES -- Each of the 11 pucks from Carter Hutton's first shutouts in the National Hockey League are stashed somewhere in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They're keepsakes from the 33-year-old's circuitous journey from undrafted free agent to the Buffalo Sabres. Someday Hutton will have the souvenirs as a reminder of his accomplishments during his career. For now, he's not e…

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LOS ANGELES -- Ralph Krueger didn't want to use the word adversity to describe what happened to the Buffalo Sabres at the start of their three-game, West Coast road trip. The loss in Anaheim was only one game, a valuable lesson less than two weeks into the season, Krueger said. The Sabres' coach expressed confidence that his power play would take a simple approach Thurs…

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif.  -- The bitterness of a disappointing season fueled Alex Iafallo during his summer workouts in Buffalo's LECOM Harborcenter. Iafallo, a 25-year-old winger for the Los Angeles Kings, spent many mornings skating with Matt Ellis from the Academy of Hockey, taking hundreds of shots per day while practicing the various situations he finds himself in during…

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LOS ANGELES -- Looking ahead to puck drop ... Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (5-1-1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (2-4-0) Where: Staples Center When: 10:30 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Victor watch: The Sabres' lackluster performance on the power play Wednesday night has not changed Kings coach Todd McLellan's opinion: he's afraid of Buffalo's power play. After all, the Sabres …

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The saga of Todd McLellan's courtship officially came to an end Wednesday when he was introduced as the next coach of the Los Angeles Kings. McLellan, 51, expressed confidence in General Manager Rob Blake's plan to revitalize an organization with few prospects of note and an NHL roster that won only 31 games this season, while denying that lifestyle or weather factored …

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The Buffalo Sabres left their home ice at the end of the second period to the sound of booing. They were facing a two-goal deficit and were 20 minutes away from a six-game winless streak, despite having two days to prepare for a last-place opponent. So, they gathered behind the closed doors of their locker room and talked. Though neither Phil Housley nor his players dis…

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Let's start by giving credit where it's due. The Buffalo Sabres just don't quit on games. Tuesday's 4-3 overtime escape over the Los Angeles Kings was their sixth win of the season when trailing after two periods, tied for the NHL lead. They won only five games in such spots last season, when they had all kinds of quit in their play. Jack Eichel was a monster in this…

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It took more than 40 minutes Tuesday night for the Buffalo Sabres to finally rediscover what they lost since their winning streak ended. Jack Eichel and Johan Larsson scored in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit, and Jeff Skinner's game-winning goal 1:49 into overtime gave the Sabres a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in KeyBank Center. The Sabres, 18-8-4, s…

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The Buffalo Sabres look to snap their five-game losing streak Tuesday night in KeyBank Center and there will be no excuses if they can't do it against the Los Angeles Kings, who are in 30th place in the NHL's 31-team overall standing. Faceoff is 7 p.m. on MSG and WGR Radio 550. The Sabres are No. 7 at 17-9-4 for 38 points while Los Angeles is just 11-19-1 for 23 points,…

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Sabres coach Phil Housley made it pretty clear after practice Monday that his starting goaltender will be back sometime this week, and Carter Hutton continues to progress toward a return to the crease. Hutton skated again Tuesday morning in KeyBank Center and will back up Linus Ullmark Tuesday against Los Angeles. He might play here Thursday night against Arizona. "H…

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Sam Reinhart's hot hand has earned him a promotion. Reinhart got a chance to play with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner in the third period Saturday and the trio produced two late goals that got the Sabres even in their eventual 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver. The line practiced together Monday in HarborCenter and will get the call in Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay in Ke…

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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. — Alex Iafallo grew up like so many kids in Western New York: He played in the snow. The Eden native loved snowboarding and hockey. He's kept the hockey part, of course, all the way to a top-6 role at forward for the Los Angeles Kings. But the snowboarding has translated into a more California lifestyle. Iafallo became a surfer dude over the summer…

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After practice here Friday, Alex Iafallo said Feb. 17 was one date he had circled when he looked at the Los Angeles Kings' schedule. It was pretty easy to see why Saturday. As the Eden native took the ice in KeyBank Center, the Zamboni end of the rink was full of black-and-silver clad fans. "Eden loves Iafallo" read one placard against the glass, with a heart substituti…

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So if you think the Sabres have issues deciding what to do about Evander Kane, just wait until you ponder the next few months in Ottawa and Los Angeles. Franchise defensemen Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty are free agents following the 2018-19 season and both admitted last week that what's going to happen after next season is already on their minds during this one. Th…