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BOSTON – Gary Bettman didn't even wait for the questions. He addressed the elephant in the room Monday night before it even started its approach. In what probably ranks as the frankest comments about the state of officiating and instant replay of his career, Bettman's annual address prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final was used mostly to say the NHL is going to take…

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Ralph Krueger insisted on his opening conference call with Buffalo reporters Wednesday that the 2019 Sabres are ahead of the Edmonton Oilers he coached in 2013, who were mired in the "rebuild phase completely." The Sabres, of course, have big-name talents Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin and Sam Reinhart, as well as the promise of many younger players on the NHL roster and in…

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Jason Botterill and his staff won't be paying close attention to the Western Conference Final because of a matchup between former Buffalo Sabres players Evander Kane and Ryan O'Reilly. The Sabres will receive the first-round draft pick of whichever team wins the seven-game series between Kane's San Jose Sharks and O'Reilly's St. Louis Blues. The loser's first-round pick…

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By Curtis Pashelka, Mercury News SAN JOSE — Former Sabres forward Evander Kane, now a member of the San Jose Sharks, shared Thursday that he and his wife recently lost a child during pregnancy. In a statement released via his Twitter account, Kane said, “I would like to thank everyone who has reached out to my wife and I during this extremely difficult time. Over the…

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The Buffalo Sabres stood together near center ice and raised their sticks high to salute the sold-out KeyBank Center crowd of 19,070 that witnessed history Tuesday night. They roared in unison beginning at puck drop, cheered hysterically at the sight of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's highlight-reel goal, chanted "We want 10" with a two-goal lead in hand and gasped at e…

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The chants began moments after Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu one-timed a pass into the net for a two-goal lead in the third period. "We want 10," the sold-out KeyBank Center crowd shouted in unison Tuesday night. The Sabres delivered. Jeff Skinner scored 1:41 into overtime and Carter Hutton made 36 saves to beat the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, for the third 10-…

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Rasmus Ristolainen gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead in the second period with a razzle dazzle, highlight-reel goal and then twirled his stick in celebration before holstering it on his hip. It immediately was deemed a Goal of the Year candidate on social media, as Sabres fans and media members admired the goal and the celebration. https:…

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Double digits. It's what the Buffalo Sabres are going for tonight. A 10th straight win for just the third time in franchise history is at the goal when the Sabres meet the San Jose Sharks at 7 p.m. in KeyBank Center. The Sabres also won 10 in a row to open the 2006-07 season and in January 1984. The game is on MSG – so no railing against NBC Sports Network will be ne…

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The preparation begins with the Buffalo Sabres watching video of the opponent's power play and assistant coach Steve Smith delivering a game plan. There's little ice time to practice  adjustments, especially during a mid-season slog like the six-games-in-nine-nights stretch the Sabres finished Saturday in Detroit. With that in mind, Buffalo's penalty-killing units are s…

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Evander Kane collected a pass near the Buffalo Sabres' logo at center ice, turned around and joined his San Jose Sharks teammates for a practice drill Monday afternoon. He was skating alongside defensemen Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns, as well as center Joe Thornton, during practice. One year ago to the day, he and the Sabres had lost eight of their last nine games. Kan…

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Buffalo Sabres winger Conor Sheary will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks after leaving practice early Monday at KeyBank Center, coach Phil Housley told reporters. Defenseman Zach Bogosian also missed practice for a "maintenance day," but is expected to play against the Sharks. Patrik Berglund, placed on injured reserve last Wednesday, skated o…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jack Eichel's fate was like a lot of America late Friday night: Sleep won over extra innings. The Boston native and avowed Red Sox fan was trying to stay with the historic Game 3 of the World Series between the Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. But as he fessed up here after Saturday's optional morning skate, he didn't make it to see the finish at 3:30 a.m.…

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SAN JOSE – There's no need to go searching for deep reasoning. No intense study of analytics is required here. The stat geeks can throw their heat maps and charts in the garbage can for all they're worth at this early point in the season. That's because the current bottom line to the Buffalo Sabres' season is right in front of everyone's eyes: Special teams are killing …

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SAN JOSE -- Logan Couture collected a hat trick, the first coming as part of a flurry of two power-play tallies in 27 seconds early in the first period, as the San Jose Sharks got an early jump and pulled away to beat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-1, Thursday in SAP Center. San Jose was just 2 for 21 on the power play for the season but quickly took advantage of a double minor …

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SAN JOSE — Patrik Berglund started the season as the Buffalo Sabres' No. 2 center. Seven games into the schedule, he had a seat in the press box. The Sabres made Berglund a healthy scratch for Thursday night's game against the San Jose Sharks after the veteran badly dropped coverage on Vegas' first goal Tuesday night and continued to go without a goal on the season. …