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PHILADELPHIA – It was a normal day that had a chance to be historic for the Buffalo Sabres. And then, to quote coach Ralph Krueger, everything suddenly "slid off the rails." That's for sure. Jack Eichel's point streak is over, stopped at 17 games and one shy of Gilbert Perreault's franchise record. And not by an opponent either, but by a mysterious upper-body injury tha…

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PHILADELPHIA – No Jack Eichel and apparently no chance for the Buffalo Sabres. With their captain suddenly scratched with an upper-body injury just 10 minutes before the opening faceoff, the Sabres spent a shellshocked night inside Wells Fargo Center. It was ugliness unmatched in Ralph Krueger's first 36 games as coach. The final count was 6-1 for the Philadelphia Fl…

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PHILADELPHIA – In the 50th anniversary season of the franchise, you have to go back nearly 50 years before you find a Buffalo Sabres player who has registered a point in 18 consecutive games. Jack Eichel can join some pretty good company Thursday night. If Eichel gets a point in Buffalo's game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Wells Fargo Center, he will equal the c…

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The Buffalo Sabres have played 4,076 regular season and playoff games in their history as they head into their 50th anniversary season. Try to pick the most memorable of all time? That's no small task. But this choice has everything you need to be No. 1. A classic overtime thriller. In the Stanley Cup final, no less. Iconic goals. Odd events. And an unforgettable atm…

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Williamsville native and former Sabres prospect Justin Bailey has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced Thursday. Bailey, 24, began last season in the Sabres' organization with Rochester and had nine goals and 11 assists in 37 games. He was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in January and finished the season with six goals am…

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Another potential candidate to be the Buffalo Sabres' next coach is off the board. The Philadelphia Flyers announced Monday that they have hired Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in franchise history. The 57-year-old has spent 16 seasons as an NHL coach, most recently a five-year stint with the New York Rangers, which began with a Stanley Cup Final appearance in…

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DENVER -- The Sabres played here Saturday under the watchful eyes of the Pepsi Center's massive scoreboard. Installed in 2013, it remains one of the behemoths of the league at 27 feet high by 48 feet long and was the first answer to Tampa Bay's 28-by-50 display that was erected in 2012 and has long been the league's gold standard. As the Sabres ponder a laundry list of …

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PHILADELPHIA – Casey Mittelstadt, along with three of his Buffalo Sabres teammates, stood around their own net as Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek took two whacks at a loose puck. The second jarred the puck past Carter Hutton for a two-goal lead less than eight minutes into an important game with playoff position on the line, and the Sabres never recovered. "…

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PHILADELPHIA – One day before the Buffalo Sabres won their 10th consecutive game Nov. 27, the Philadelphia Flyers fired their General Manager, Ron Hextall, after a sluggish start to the season. The Flyers' former coach, Dave Hakstol, was fired a few weeks later. Surprisingly, the two teams are now fighting for the same playoff spot. The Sabres (29-25-8) are six point…

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Justin Bailey needed only 10 games away from Rochester to earn another call to the NHL. Bailey, a 23-year-old Williamsville native traded by the Buffalo Sabres last month, was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday morning. The former second-round draft pick had five goals among seven points in 10 games for Lehigh Valley, the Flyers' AHL affiliate. Bailey join…

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VANCOUVER — Justin Bailey's tenure with his hometown Buffalo Sabres came to an end late Thursday night when the former second-round draft pick was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Bailey, a Williamsville native drafted by the Sabres in 2013, was dealt for Taylor Leier, a 24-year-old forward with two goals in 55 career NHL games. Leier had 10 goals among 19 points in 3…

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Linus Ullmark has been known to keep his postgame interviews light, no matter the result. He used the term "spicy" to describe the playoff-like atmosphere at KeyBank Center following an overtime loss to Toronto Tuesday night. But the Buffalo Sabres' 25-year-old backup goalie is also quick to give a critical self-evaluation of his play. He kept his remarks short followin…

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With Jack Eichel's second first-period goal, the Buffalo Sabres seemed to have solved all that went wrong since their 10-game winning streak ended. Their breakout passes were crisp, all four lines were generating chances and they kept the puck in Philadelphia's zone. Then the team that was the talk of the NHL learned another harsh lesson in what it takes to be a contend…

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It appeared the winless streak was going to end. Jack Eichel scored twice in the first period, the Philadelphia Flyers were reeling again and Linus Ullmark was sharp in goal. Then, the Buffalo Sabres' sloppy play finally caught up to them. Their winless streak stretched to five Saturday with a 6-2 loss to the Flyers at KeyBank Center. The Flyers, 12-12-3 with 27 points,…

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A small break in the schedule was not enough to return the Buffalo Sabres' defense to full health, as they'll be without Marco Scandella, Jake McCabe and Casey Nelson today against the Philadelphia Flyers in KeyBank Center. In their place, Lawrence Pilut will remain in the lineup to play his fourth consecutive game, and Matt Tennyson will be active for the first time th…