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So Jason Botterill's week ahead is getting mighty interesting. Just when his team is getting on a roll, does the Buffalo Sabres' general manager go all-out selling ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline merely to pick up some extra draft picks? A loss Sunday to the Toronto Maple Leafs would have made it an easy call. The Sabres would have been 11 points out of a wild card …

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How do you silence thousands of Toronto fans? Score, score and score again. That's exactly what the Buffalo Sabres did Sunday night as Jack Eichel's power-play goal snapped a third-period tie and sparked a three-goal explosion in a 91-second span to produce a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs in KeyBank Center. The Sabres (27-24-8) won their third straight game and im…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (26-24-8) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (31-20-8) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Too little, too late?: The Sabres are finding a stride, with three wins in the last four games, and have a chance to go 4-1 in a five-game stretch for the first time since October with a win tonight. But it's probably not going to mean a whol…

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The Buffalo Sabres are 5-3 in January with a power play converting at 28.6% and a penalty kill going at 85%, both figures ranking in the NHL's top 10. In Linus Ullmark, they have a starting goalie ranking fourth in save percentage for the month at .932. Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart are running at more than a point a game for the month and Rasmus Dahlin is nearly at that ma…

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The goaltending drama with the New York Rangers is going to be fascinating to watch. Both for its ultimate result and for the what-ifs and what-might-bes it brings about when you ponder the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers brought up top prospect Igor Shesterkin and he made his NHL debut in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Colorado, then posted a 6-3 win Thursday over New Jersey. Shes…

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TORONTO -- Jack Eichel silenced the Scotiabank Arena crowd with a shot that hit the net and raised his right hand in a tempered celebration Tuesday night. Eichel continued his dominance over the Toronto Maple Leafs and the rest of the National Hockey League. Eichel's 24th goal of the season highlighted a third-period rally by the Buffalo Sabres and, five minutes earlier…

Former Toronto Maple Leafs center George Ferguson, a first-round pick of the club in 1972, died Monday at age 67 according to a tweet Tuesday from the team's alumni department. No cause of death was announced. Ferguson played with Toronto from 1972-78 but holds a place as a key villain in Sabres history from his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins. On April 14, 1979, F…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (16-11-7) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (16-14-4) Where: Scotiabank Arena When: 7 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network, with Kenny Albert and Pierre McGuire on the call. Radio: WGR 550. Stringing points together: The Sabres enter tonight's game 3-0-2 in their last five. A win or overtime loss tonight would give them their second six-game run of the season, …

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Chapter III of this year's Buffalo Sabres-Toronto Maple Leafs rivalry will have some added star power Tuesday night in Scotiabank Arena. When the teams split a home-and-home series Nov. 29-30, Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin was out of the lineup with a concussion and Leafs scoring star Mitch Marner was sidelined by an ankle injury. They're both back. "It's going to …

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TORONTO -- Rasmus Ristolainen had scored his first career goal against his bitter rival and led a Buffalo Sabres defense corps that prevented the Toronto Maple Leafs from scoring a goal at 5 on 5. Ristolainen, however, had no interest in discussing what he or his teammates did well Saturday night in Scotiabank Arena. "Personally, I just want to win," Ristolainen lame…

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TORONTO — Good riddance to November. Let's get Santa in here and see if the Sabres' fortunes get any better. When they suffered a shootout loss Oct. 28 to Arizona in the final game of the month, the Sabres were 9-2-2 and first overall in the NHL standings. At the close of business on Halloween, their 20 points left them tied with Boston and one point behind Washington f…

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TORONTO – The rivalry is alive and well. After enduring five consecutive losses to their foes up the Queen Elizabeth Way, the Buffalo Sabres split their home-and-home against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 2-1 overtime defeat Saturday night in Scotiabank Arena. The Sabres (12-11-5) are 2-1-2 in their last five games and finished November with a 3-8-3 record. The Leaf…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (12-10-4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (12-11-4) Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto. When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG. Radio: WGR 550. Power-play woes: The Sabres are in a 1-for-35 slump on the power play after failing to score on their two opportunities Friday night. Rasmus Ristolainen and Marcus Johansson have been used on the top unit with Rasmus Dah…

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Linus Ullmark smiled at his stall inside the KeyBank Center dressing room Friday night and delivered a harsh self-assessment of a performance that showed the resolve and reliability needed from a No. 1 goalie. Ullmark lamented the two third-period goals he allowed in the Buffalo Sabres' 6-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He didn't think he played well in his fourth c…

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When the topic of the Toronto Maple Leafs was brought up to him on Thursday afternoon, Jack Eichel looked and sounded like someone told him he was getting pork loin and broccoli for Thanksgiving dinner. Eichel stuck with the standard cliches. Get back on track. Big two points. Always important against a divisional opponent. Blah-blah-blah. Eichel knew exactly what he wa…