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One easy mindset to have about the Sabres for Deadline Day: Temper your expectations. Expect little and be pleasantly surprised if something significant happens. There's only a small chance the Sabres are going to emerge as a better team come Monday afternoon. The much more likely scenario is they're actually worse, given the potential of trades involving pending unrest…

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NEW YORK — Zemgus Girgensons, Sam Reinhart and Jimmy Vesey provided the offense and Carter Hutton was strong in goal as the Buffalo Sabres survived a frantic finish to beat the New York Rangers, 3-2, Friday night in Madison Square Garden. The Sabres (24-23-8) won for just the second time in the last seven games but improved to 3-1 in their last four road games. The Rang…

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The goaltending drama with the New York Rangers is going to be fascinating to watch. Both for its ultimate result and for the what-ifs and what-might-bes it brings about when you ponder the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers brought up top prospect Igor Shesterkin and he made his NHL debut in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Colorado, then posted a 6-3 win Thursday over New Jersey. Shes…

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NEW YORK -- Start spreadin' the news: Duds happen to every NHL team over the course of an 82-game season. Did you forget that in the midst of the joyride that was the Buffalo Sabres' 8-1-1 start? The Sabres took some cold water to the face Thursday night in a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden. It wasn't a standard blowout by any means as Buffalo …

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NEW YORK – A terrible first period proved ruinous for the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night as they gave up three goals and never caught up in a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden. The Sabres fell to 8-2-1 as they endured the end of their second three-game winning streak of the season. The Rangers (3-4-1) snapped a five-game losing streak. New York…

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NEW YORK – The Buffalo Sabres are 8-1-1 and a major surprise atop the NHL's overall standing with 17 points. Now comes another new challenge: Just 10 games into the Ralph Krueger regime, they've hit a quick road trip with two games against brutally struggling teams. By all rights, the Sabres should collect four points on this trip. But how will they handle prosperity? T…

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Rasmus Ristolainen pinned a teammate along the left-wing boards and successfully pried the puck away, earning raucous stick taps from the Buffalo Sabres players and coaches standing along the blue line. The fast and physical defensive-zone drill capped their 45-minute practice Saturday in Harborcenter and was run in response to their 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers, a …

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New York Rangers winger Pavel Buchnevich was left alone in front of the net and one-timed Kevin Hayes' pass for an insurance goal, sending much of the sold-out KeyBank Center crowd to the exits late in the third period Friday night. The puck was in the back of the net before Linus Ullmark could even attempt to make a save, a sequence that powerfully illustrated all that…

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When the Buffalo Sabres' regular season ends in less than two months, they may look back on this seven-game homestand as a turning point. It began with a disastrous loss to Chicago and ended with a missed opportunity Friday night in KeyBank Center. Jeff Skinner scored two goals, his 35th and 36th of the season, but the Sabres struggled defensively in a 6-2 loss to the N…

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Game 7 means an awful lot in hockey circles when it comes to the spring. When it comes to the Buffalo Sabres, Game 7 tonight against the New York Rangers marks the end of what equals the longest homestand in franchise history. The Sabres are 3-2-1 on their current run, seeking to finish it with nine out of a possible 14 points. What was their record in the 1997 version …

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A lower-body injury kept Casey Mittelstadt out of the Buffalo Sabres' lineup Friday night against the New York Rangers, but the rookie center is making progress toward a return. Mittelstadt, 20, practiced Thursday after sitting out a win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday and participated in the Sabres' morning skate in KeyBank Center ahead of Friday's game against …

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Nine goals one day, one goal the next. Puck luck, or lack of it, can be a real thing in the NHL. But so can goaltending from a legend like Henrik Lundqvist. The Buffalo Sabres found that out firsthand Sunday night in Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist made 39 saves to almost single-handedly steal two points for the New York Rangers, who rode their veteran netminder to …

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Neal Pionk and Jimmy Vesey scored goals 19 seconds apart early in the second period and goalie Henrik Lundqvist frustrated Buffalo with 39 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Sabres, 3-1, Sunday night in Madison Square Garden. The Sabres outshot the Rangers in the game, 40-22, including 15-5 in the first period. But they were stymied time after time by Lundqvist, a l…

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The NHL's international initiatives continue to be a big success overseas, with the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers drawing two straight sellout crowds Thursday and Friday in Helsinki, Finland, to see native sons Patrik Laine and Aleksander Barkov. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made waves prior to the teams' opener when he said the league is already well on its way t…

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Carter Hutton has had plenty of success stopping the puck in the first two games of the season. But the veteran's most important contribution to the Buffalo Sabres thus far goes well beyond that. Starting in preseason, the team's new No. 1 goaltender has immediately injected belief into his teammates and the fans. He can cover mistakes with a big save. He can help with …