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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 …

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Rasmus Dahlin had two close calls in the quest for his first NHL goal Saturday night. And it would have been epic for him had the moment come against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, the greatest goaltender ever produced in Dahlin's native Sweden. "That would have been huge," a smiling Dahlin told The Buffalo News after practice Sunday in KeyBank Center. "It's …

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With the fan base already down in the mouth just one game into the season, the Buffalo Sabres made sure to send a quick message Saturday night. When they play with pizzazz, they can score. They can also play physical and pack a punch. They also can trust their goaltender more than in the past. For the ripoff that Thursday night's clunker against Boston felt like, the…

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Two goals from Conor Sheary, 43 saves from Carter Hutton. There's all you really need to know about the Buffalo Sabres' first victory of the season, a 3-1 nailbiter over the New York Rangers Saturday night before 16,824 in KeyBank Center. Sheary, a former 23-goal scorer with the Pittsburgh Penguins, scored his first two goals with the Sabres and both came on the powe…

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If Sabres forwards Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues took a quick look at the New York Rangers' bench Saturday night, they saw a very familiar face. Coaching his second NHL game was David Quinn — who was in charge at Boston University in the 2014-15 season. That was Eichel's lone season in college hockey and the year he partnered with Rodrigues and Rochester Amerks forward…

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Jack Eichel said he didn't really think how weird it might to look over to the New York Rangers bench tonight until he was reminded of the point. The Rangers' new coach this year is David Quinn — Eichel's coach during his lone year at Boston University and a man whom Eichel considers a mentor during his NHL career. Eichel said he wishes Quinn all the luck in the world f…

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The hype for Opening Night is over. The Sabres are going to try to put the letdown of the 4-0 loss to Boston out of their sights as they move on with their season Saturday night against the New York Rangers in KeyBank Center. Faceoff is at 7 p.m. with the game on MSG and WGR Radio. Here are Five Things to Know about tonight's game: 1. For openers: The Sabres are tryin…