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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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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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Hats were thrown onto the KeyBank Center ice for the first time in 14 months Saturday afternoon when Sam Reinhart scored an empty-net goal with 56 seconds left in regulation. The 23-year-old's hat-trick-clinching goal, the Buffalo Sabres' first on home ice since Dec. 15, 2017, sealed a 5-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals and snapped a…

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Jack Eichel feared the worst. He wasn't the only one, either. The sold-out crowd in KeyBank Center went silent as Jeff Skinner, the Buffalo Sabres' leading goal scorer, clutched at his left knee and needed to be helped to the bench Saturday afternoon. While Skinner was being examined by the team's medical staff, his teammates perservered and the 26-year-old winger re…

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Holding the stick he retrieved from the Buffalo Sabres' bench moments earlier, Rasmus Dahlin pumped his right fist forward and let out a roar Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out KeyBank Center crowd. Moments earlier, Dahlin, the Sabres' 18-year-old defensemen, failed on his first shot attempt because his stick snapped in half. His second, a one-timer from the righ…

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Jeff Skinner, the Buffalo Sabres' leading scorer, made a surprising return to the KeyBank Center ice in the third period Saturday after he suffered what initially appeared to be an ugly leg injury earlier in the game. Skinner, the 26-year-old winger who has 36 goals in his first season in Buffalo, needed to be helped to the bench in the second period after he was trippe…

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WASHINGTON -- Two games in seven days on the home ice of the Stanley Cup champions. Two gut-wrenching, one-goal losses. Just one point in the standings. The Buffalo Sabres were left cursing their fate Friday night as the Washington Capitals squeezed out a 2-1 win in Capital One Arena. The frustration was borne from the what-ifs that abound in this one. The Sabres out…

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WASHINGTON — A tie game late in the third period and a grievous turnover behind the net from Carter Hutton. It meant curtains for the Buffalo Sabres Friday night. Hutton, a stalwart much of the season, lost the puck at a bad time and the giveaway turned into the Washington Capitals' winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Sabres in Capital One Arena. Hutton lost the p…

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WASHINGTON – The Buffalo Sabres are back in the nation's capital to meet the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for the second time in seven days at Capital One Arena, and we're all in for another holiday treat if this game is as good as Washington's 4-3 shootout victory was last week. The game tonight is going nationwide on the NBC Sports Network, with faceoff sl…

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WASHINGTON — Just six days after being involved in one of the highest-level games they've been a part of in years, the Buffalo Sabres will get another chance against the defending Stanley Cup champions Friday night. The Sabres and Washington Capitals will meet for the second time in a week in Capital One Arena and this one will be nationally televised by NBC Sports Netw…

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WASHINGTON — A "Let's Go Buffalo" chant erupted when Rasmus Dahlin buried a rebound into the back of the net Saturday night at Capital One Arena, the home of the defending Stanley Cup champions. The 18-year-old rookie defenseman had just given the Buffalo Sabres a one-goal lead when the Washington Capitals were playing the second night of a back-to-back. It was another …

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WASHINGTON – Defenseman Matt Hunwick was recalled by the Buffalo Sabres from his conditioning assignment with Rochester on Saturday and could debut as early as Sunday against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Hunwick, who has yet to play in a game since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in June because of a neck injury suffered during an offseason workout, had o…

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WASHINGTON – Alex Ovechkin seems to be making history every night he steps onto the ice. His second consecutive hat trick Friday night in a 6-5 shootout win over Carolina was the 22nd of his career, moving him into 11th all-time. He is also 16 points shy of passing Sergei Fedorov for the most by a Russian-born player in NHL history. Ovechkin has helped the Washington…

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WASHINGTON -- Sam Reinhart came within inches of spoiling the Washington Capitals' night. His chip shot from the slot on a pass from Jack Eichel rang off the post during the final minute of regulation Saturday night at Capital One Arena. Seconds later, Jeff Skinner nearly poked a puck between Pheonix Copley's pads. In the end, the Buffalo Sabres saw an emotional, exhila…

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When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017, it was Sidney Crosby besting Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in the second round all three years. The Capitals finally got over the Pittsburgh hex last season, winning their second-round series in six games on an Evgeny Kuznetsov overtime goal. No coincidence it was the year Ovechkin &…