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The Buffalo Sabres celebrated Jason Pominville's 1,000th NHL game with a pregame ceremony Saturday. The good feelings never stopped once the game began. Pominville and Jeff Skinner scored two goals apiece as the Sabres exploded for their biggest offensive show in KeyBank Center in more than 10 years and pounded the Ottawa Senators, 9-2. The Sabres' top line domina…

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OTTAWA — For two periods, the Buffalo Sabres didn't have much going. Then came the third. In a 3-0 hole, the Sabres quickly scored twice in the first four minutes and dominated the rest of the way. But the team couldn't produce a win. Despite outshooting the Ottawa Senators, 48-32 — and 23-7 in the third period — Buffalo suffered a 4-2 loss Thursday night in Canadian…

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OTTAWA -- Jason Pominville's 1,000th career game is tonight in Canadian Tire Centre as the Buffalo Sabres open a home-and-home series against the Ottawa Senators. It faces off at 7:30 on MSG and WGR Radio. The teams meet again Saturday at 2 in KeyBank Center. Here are Five Things to Know about tonight's game: 1. Numbers of Pominville's Population: The Sabres winger w…

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SAN JOSE -- Erik Karlsson was widely quoted last spring prior to the NHL Draft as saying that Rasmus Dahlin at 18 was far ahead of Karlsson's career trajectory at the same age. Nothing the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman has seen so far is making him change his opinion. "I wasn't very good when I was 18. A lot smaller. It took me a lot longer to find my stride…

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This is the second of two stories looking at the NHL's Atlantic Division in the wake of the draft and free agency period. Read the first here. The Florida Panthers finished fourth in the Atlantic Division last season with 96 points. The Detroit Red Wings were fifth — with just 73. The Sabres' last-place finish left them with 62 points, which was 34 behind a Florida team…

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On the same weekend he hopes will mark a big change for the fortunes of a franchise he's worked for since Day One of its existence, longtime Buffalo Sabres equipment manager Rip Simonick will be honored for all the years he's already put in with the Blue and Gold. Simonick is this year's Hall of Fame honoree of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society/Society o…

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In spite of widespread speculation that veteran winger Matt Moulson was a candidate, Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said Friday he doesn't expect the team to be involved in the NHL's buyout window, which runs until June 30. "I don't have any interest in doing buyouts here right now," Botterill told The News on Friday while declining to address specific players. …

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It was widely reported late Saturday night and into Sunday that the Sabres won the NHL Draft Lottery when the combination of balls marked 1-4-6-14 came out of the machine at CBC headquarters in Toronto. But who was also close to unlocking the combination to land Rasmus Dahlin? The Ottawa Senators actually had the best chance after the first three balls had been drawn…

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Almost mercifully, it's the final game of the season in KeyBank Center. The Sabres and Ottawa Senators meet at 7:30 (thanks for nothing, Canadian television) in a Fan Appreciation Night game that will probably be more remembered for the Dominik Hasek bobblehead giveaway than anything that happens on the ice. Here are Five Things to Know about the home finale: 1. Bobb…

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OTTAWA — Jacob Josefson's goal was the difference as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, in a shootout Thursday in Canadian Tire Centre. Matt Duchene opened the shootout with a goal for the Senators. Sam Reinhart scored in round two for Buffalo. Robin Lehner poke-checked Mike Hoffman to set the stage for Josefson, who burned Craig Anderson with a wrist sho…

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OTTAWA – The word of the day is "putrescent." That's how The News' John Vogl described the Sabres' 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. The club has a quick chance to help erase some of the stench Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators in a 7:30 game at Canadian Tire Centre. It will be televised on MSG. The matchup with the Sens is th…

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OTTAWA — In their previous four road games, the Buffalo Sabres were in control. Calgary. Edmonton. Vancouver. Boston. Check. Check. Check. Check. Four wins, virtually nothing to quibble about. The Sabres nearly extended their road winning streak to five games for the first time since 2006 Thursday night but it wasn't nearly the same kind of game. There were mistak…

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OTTAWA -- The Buffalo Sabres came within 31 seconds of extending their road domination and their magic against the Ottawa Senators. They simply couldn't hold on. Derick Brassard scored the tying goal with 30.9 seconds left and goaltender Craig Anderson on the bench, and Mike Hoffman scored at 1:13 of overtime as the Sens overcame the Sabres, 3-2, Thursday night in Canad…

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OTTAWA -- It's that time of year. The Ottawa Senators made a huge trade Tuesday with the Los Angeles Kings, offloading expensive defenseman Dion Phaneuf and getting veteran winger Marian Gaborik and center Nick Shore in return. Gaborik and Shore made their debuts here Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres, whom most NHL observers also expect will be busy in advance …

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OTTAWA – One of the few teams the Buffalo Sabres have an ongoing big run of success against is the Ottawa Senators and the Sabres get another chance to extend their dominance of an Atlantic Division rival Thursday night in Canadian Tire Centre. It's a 7:30 faceoff on MSG and Radio 550 with Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on the call. The Sabres went 4-0-1 against the Senators …