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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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When Carter Hutton skated to the bench after the first period Tuesday night, six of his Buffalo Sabres teammates were waiting to thank him. Hutton, the team's 33-year-old goalie, had just stopped all 19 shots he faced in the first 20 minutes. Following the second period, Hutton slammed the shaft of his stick against the dasher board in front of the Sabres' bench. In the…

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Driving down Washington Street to The News building 90 minutes before faceoff, I saw 26 fans in Leafs jerseys between Sahlen Field and Harborcenter before I saw a Sabres jersey. And that one was a Marcus Foligno No. 82, not even someone on the current team. It set the stage for another one of those crazy frenetic nights with the Leafs in the building. Of course, it was …

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Brandon Montour looked around the crease with an expression of disbelief. The Buffalo Sabres' defenseman did not understand how he could have tight coverage on Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, only to see the puck in the back of his net. Montour would learn moments later that a centering pass went off Matthews' skate and over the goal line to tie the score, a…

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Jason Pominville beamed and spoke passionately about the Buffalo Sabres' rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs, describing the excitement leading up to each game and the energy from the crowd, especially in KeyBank Center. However, Pominville wasn't on the ice for the 219th regular-season meeting between the two teams. Pominville, the 36-year-old winger who has faced …

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There was real live noise in KeyBank Center Sunday when you couldn't have expected it. Fans responded to the Buffalo Sabres' physical play and their 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues. We know there will be noise tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs – and their legion of fans – hit town. But the Sabres want to find the same kind of style to help them get through …

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For the second time in their careers, it will be Nylander vs. Nylander on Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. This time, the brothers on opposite sides of the Buffalo Sabres-Toronto Maple Leafs rivalry are coming into the game on good rolls. Alexander Nylander has made clear progress in his four-game recall with the Sabres and posted his first career multipoint game in t…

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The Buffalo Sabres have a chance to get rid of a pair of illnesses Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. They're sick of losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs. And they're sick of not being able to win two games in a row for more than three months. A pair of ugly streaks are at play here when the teams meet in what figures to be yet another quasi Leafs home game, with th…

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An upper-body injury will force Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe to miss the next next five to six weeks, likely ending the 25-year-old's season, the team announced Monday morning. McCabe, a restricted free agent this summer, suffered the injury in the second period of a 5-2 loss in Toronto on Saturday night. It is the second consecutive year his season has been cu…

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TORONTO -- All Casey Mittelstadt and Marco Scandella could do was watch as Rasmus Ristolainen lost the puck behind the Buffalo Sabres' net, and no one alerted them that Nic Petan was skating alone toward Linus Ullmark. Trevor Moore fired a quick pass to the slot, where Petan dropped to one knee and shot over Ullmark's glove to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a one-goal lea…

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TORONTO — Phil Housley is sick of losing, no matter the opponent. He made that abundantly clear Saturday afternoon when asked about the Buffalo Sabres potentially losing four straight games to the rival Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time since 1972. Housley responded to the question with the cliche of wanting to focus on the next game, not the Sabres' previous three…

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TORONTO — Never mind. That peek you took at the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night? Left you wondering what if, didn't it? There was a lot of euphoria in KeyBank Center after that overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. It kept the Sabres on the outskirts of the playoff race. Of course, they needed a winning streak and that required success here Saturday in Scotiabank…

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TORONTO — The Buffalo Sabres' celebration was underway in KeyBank Center Friday night when referee Tim Peel announced that Conor Sheary's game-winning overtime goal was under review. The NHL's situation room in Toronto initiated the challenge to determine if Rasmus Dahlin was offside earlier in the Sabres' final possession, which ended with Sheary's wrist shot sealing a…

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TORONTO – For the second time this week, the Sabres are in Scotiabank Arena to meet the Toronto Maple Leafs. Buffalo is playing on a back-to-back after Friday's overtime win over Pittsburgh and did not have a morning skate today. Toronto has won both meetings this season, a 5-4 overtime thriller in December in KeyBank Center and Monday's 5-3 victory here. Faceoff tonigh…

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TORONTO -- A 10-game win streak kept the Buffalo Sabres in contention, and their playoff hopes brightened following remarkable performances against Tampa Bay and Washington last week. However, the Sabres needed only two minutes, four seconds Monday night to show they still have much to correct in order to make a playoff push. That is all the time the Toronto Maple Leafs…