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When the Buffalo Sabres were in jeopardy of losing a seventh consecutive game, Jack Eichel delivered. Eichel, the Sabres' 23-year-old captain, had his first career four-goal game to lift Buffalo to a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night inside KeyBank Center. Eichel scored on a wrist shot from the left-wing circle with 7:47 remaining in the third period fo…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (9-6-3) vs. Ottawa Senators (8-10-1) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7:25 p.m faceoff due to Hockey Night in Canada broadcast and pregame Hockey Fights Cancer Night ceremonies TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Long-awaited debut: The local analytics community howled on June 25, 2016, when then-Sabres GM Tim Murray made a deal just before the start of the se…

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Tampa Bay and Montreal swung big and missed. Florida reeled in one big fish and lost another. Toronto did an extreme makeover. The Buffalo Sabres were one of several teams to play it cool. The Atlantic Division was top-heavy last season, with Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto all hitting 100 points, Montreal at 96 and no one else over 90.  The top of the division still look…

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KeyBank Center is a familiar place to UMass coach Greg Carvel and he was in the building for some of the fiercest games the building has ever seen. Carvel, in his third season at UMass, was an assistant under Bryan Murray with the Ottawa Senators' during the height of the Sabres-Senators rivalry from 2005-2007. Speaking here Wednesday on the eve of his team's Frozen …

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Sam Reinhart watched and waited near the net. Jack Eichel took care of the rest. Eichel intercepted a pass in the right faceoff circle, stick-handled away from two defenders to reach the end boards and made a no-look, backhand pass to the front of the net during the second period Thursday night. Reinhart stopped the puck with the blade of his stick and fired a wrist …

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It's a merciful end to the home schedule for the Sabres Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators in KeyBank Center. The potential is there for this to be the last time with the Sabres at home for lots of faces. Obviously, Coach Phil Housley's status is very uncertain. Veteran winger Jason Pominville has an expiring contract and broke down when talking to the media thi…

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OTTAWA -- When the Buffalo Sabres were on the verge of taking over first place in the NHL, their fans inside KeyBank Center chanted, "We want 10." The four months since that remarkable 10-game winning streak have included coach Phil Housley calling the Sabres' play soft, team leaders questioning pride within the locker room and all involved growing disgusted with their …

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OTTAWA – The puck was in the back of the net before the Buffalo Sabres realized what had just occurred. Ottawa Senators winger Brian Gibbons snuck behind a group of defenders and one-timed a pass from Christian Jaros into the back of the net for a two-goal lead inside Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday night. The sequence was a microcosm of all that has gone wrong for t…

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OTTAWA – In the bowels of Canadian Tire Centre late Tuesday afternoon, assistant coach Steve Smith retrieved Will Borgen from an adjacent room and turned the hallway outside the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room into a makeshift classroom. With only a few hours to prepare Borgen for his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators, Smith set a white board on top of a high-seated s…

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MONTREAL -- You could feel the tension all around the Toronto Maple Leafs when they arrived in KeyBank Center on Wednesday. And don't think it went away just because of their dominance over the playing-out-the-string Sabres either. Denials aside, there is something bubbling between coach Mike Babcock and General Manager Kyle Dubas. Babcock tried to lessen it when speaki…

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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…