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UNIONDALE – Rasmus Dahlin smirked and rolled his eyes clockwise in a playful manner Saturday afternoon when asked about his repeated encounters with New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal. Dahlin, the Buffalo Sabres' 19-year-old defenseman, exchanged verbal and physical jabs with Barzal during the latter portion of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders inside NYCB Live/…

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UNIONDALE – Jack Eichel shook his head and, unprovoked, lamented his mistake that cost the Buffalo Sabres a point Saturday afternoon. After tying the score late in regulation, Eichel forced a pass to Sam Reinhart during the 3-on-3 overtime that resulted in Anthony Beauvillier's game-winning breakaway goal and a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders in NYCB Live/Nassau Coli…

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UNIONDALE – Jack Eichel extended his point streak on Long Island and salvaged the one-game trip for the Buffalo Sabres. Eichel extended his streak to 16 games with an assist on Victor Olofsson's goal and scored to tie the game with 1:46 remaining in the third period before the Sabres lost to the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime Saturday afternoon in NYCB Live/Nassau C…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (16-11-6) vs. New York Islanders (21-7-2) Where: Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, N.Y.) When: 1 p.m. TV: MSG. Radio: WGR 550. Eichel watch: The points have come in bunches for Jack Eichel. His two goals Thursday night against Nashville moved him into second place in the NHL scoring race, only four behind Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak…

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The Buffalo Sabres suffered a 1-0 loss to the New York Islanders when the teams met Nov. 2 in KeyBank Center. They're not the only team to get shut down by coach Barry Trotz's crew this season. But the Sabres are scoring four goals a game of late, collecting 36 in their last nine starts while going 5-1-3. And they're gunning for their first four-game winning streak of t…

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This one is going to be all about your perspective. The party line in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room after Saturday's 1-0 loss to the New York Islanders was that it was a step in the right direction, a tightening up of a structure that had gone awry in recent games and a big bounceback from Friday's dismantling in Washington. But on the other hand, you could sense…

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The slide deepens and so do the Buffalo Sabres' offensive struggles. Derick Brassard's fluke goal at 5:19 of the first period gave the New York Islanders the lead and they made it stand up to blank the Sabres, 1-0, Saturday night in KeyBank Center. The Sabres fell to 9-4-2 and are 1-3-1 in their last five games. It's the first time this season they have dropped two s…

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VANCOUVER – There are a lot of reasons the job of an NHL general manager is a tough one. Here's the latest one to add to the list: How do you know what kind of team to build these days? It sure seemed like the NHL was going back to a speed game when the Pittsburgh Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. Last year's Washington-Vegas Cup final certainly h…

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LAS VEGAS – It was just under 15 months ago when Robin Lehner had a panic attack during intermission of a Buffalo Sabres game in KeyBank Center, left the building before the final buzzer and finally admitted to his wife and the team that he needed help. Forget about the potential end of Lehner's hockey career, which was thrust into limbo when the Sabres walked away from…

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LAS VEGAS – Fellow Swede Elias Pettersson was the winner and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin finished in third place in balloting for the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year announced here Wednesday night. Pettersson's victory was a landslide as he finished with 1,650 points and got 151 of 171 first-place votes from members of the Professional Hockey Writers…

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UNIONDALE – The message was sent during pregame warmups. A solitary Buffalo Sabres fan in a white jersey pressed a placard with black letters against the glass behind the Buffalo bench. It said simply, "Fire Housley." The fan stood there for about 10 minutes, then quietly climbed the stairs with his card when the warmups were over. He might get his wish in four more …

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UNIONDALE — The New York Islanders are going to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in three years. The Buffalo Sabres continue to count down to spring tee times for the eighth straight season. The Isles' 5-1 domination of Buffalo Saturday night in NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum clinched at least an Eastern Conference wild-card and kept them in the hunt for the Metro…

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UNIONDALE – It's a throwback night for the Buffalo Sabres and a big look to the future for the New York Islanders when the teams meet tonight at 7 in NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum, the name of the renovated home of the Islanders from 1972-2015. The Sabres are here for the first time in nearly four years, since a 3-0 loss on April 4, 2015. The Islanders, meanwhile, are tryin…

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Kyle Okposo speaks affectionately of the arena that die-hard hockey fans still know as Nassau Coliseum. What he fondly remembers about the building where he played eight of his first nine seasons in the NHL is the noise of the crowd that bounces off the low ceiling, and the stands that seem to hover immediately above the ice. Okposo also got familiar with the caverno…

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The New York Islanders can clinch their first playoff berth since 2016 with a victory against the Sabres on Saturday night. Former Sabres goalie Robin Lehner equaled his career high in victories with 23 in the Islanders' 5-4 win against Winnipeg on Thursday night. He is 23-12 with a 2.22 goals against average. He was 14-26 for the NHL-worst Sabres last season with a 3.0…