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Hall of Famer and former Sabres center Dale Hawerchuk has revealed that he's battling stomach cancer, the reason he took a leave of absence last month as the coach of the OHL's Barrie Colts. Hawerchuk's fight became a topic for Winnipeg and Calgary alumni at an NHL Legacy Luncheon Friday in advance of Saturday night's Heritage Classic game outdoors between the Flames an…

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It's normally quiet in the NHL in August. Many GMs are at their Canadian cottages and so are the media types north of the border who specialize in transactional rumors. But the sense around the game is an avalanche of news is coming. What makes this summer unusual is the cadre of restricted free agents who remain unsigned and are looking for big money out of their entry…

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Matt Hunwick's fourth game of the season will be remembered by his biggest mistake. The Buffalo Sabres' 33-year-old defenseman committed a neutral-zone turnover that pinned him and his teammates in their own end late in the third period. The Winnipeg Jets capitalized when Blake Wheeler scored the go-ahead goal with 3:55 remaining in regulation, and they held on to beat …

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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey was skating alone in the left faceoff circle by the time Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo could absorb Mark Scheifele's basketball-style pick. Within seconds, Morrissey passed to the slot, where Jets winger Blake Wheeler one-timed the puck over the goal line for the eventual game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the Sabres on S…

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The Buffalo Sabres will have 27 more regular-season games to play before the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, yet coach Phil Housley acknowledged the importance of Sunday’s matinee against the Winnipeg Jets. The Sabres had not won back-to-back games since Dec. 11-13. Since then, tight wins have been followed by emotional losses. Despite playing an impressive game in KeyBank …

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There was collateral damage from the Buffalo Sabres piecing together a fine defensive performance in a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Defenseman Zach Bogosian, the Sabres' alternate captain who is averaging 21 minutes, 38 seconds per game this season, is day to day with a lower-body injury and won't play Sunday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets, coach…

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It's fairly well-known who Jack Eichel's top friends are around the NHL. They all have backgrounds from the Boston area or the U.S. National Development Team. Think names such as Calgary's Noah Hanifin and Johnny Gaudreau, Toronto's Auston Matthews and Detroit's Dylan Larkin. The one player Eichel has developed a tight bond with since his NHL career began – and whom he …

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With a wrist shot over Laurent Brossoit's shoulder, Conor Sheary undid another uneven game by the Sabres and gave the franchise its first four-game winning streak in nearly four years. Sheary's goal in the seventh shootout round, one of three by Buffalo, clinched a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night in front of a raucous crowd of 15,321 at Bell MTS Place. On…

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WINNIPEG -- Conor Sheary scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday at Bell MTS Place. The win gave the  Sabres, now 11-6-2, their first four-game winning streak since December 2014. Jack Eichel and Jason Pominville also scored in the shootout, while Carter Hutton was outstanding again. Jeff Skinn…

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WINNIPEG – Rather than holding a morning skate at Bell MTS Place on Friday, the Sabres stretched and kicked around a soccer ball in a hallway adjacent to the visitors locker room. An exhausting schedule of six games in nine days, beginning with tonight's 8 p.m. puck drop against the Winnipeg Jets, led Buffalo coach Phil Housley to make this more of an informal prep for …

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Tim Murray landed Jack Eichel, made several moves that have proven dubious and got shown the door last April. His brother in tankitude out in Edmonton got Connor McDavid – the real tank prize in 2015 – and also made some terrible moves after reeling in his draft catch. Somehow, Peter Chiarelli survives and Oilers coach Todd McLellan is the one left twisting in the wind.…

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Buffalo Sabres had won four straight games against the Winnipeg Jets but this is a different club in the frigid True North this year. Winnipeg continued its seasonlong run at home and reclaimed first place in the Central Division Friday night by holding off Buffalo, 4-3, in Bell MTS Place. Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an a…

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Phil Housley had an up-close look at the Winnipeg Jets the last couple years while he was an assistant in Nashville. The Central Division is a tough one and the Jets could not make much of a dent with the likes of the Predators, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild all in the division. That's changed this year. Housl…

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Brrr. It's minus-4 Fahrenheit late this afternoon in the True North and heading to minus-8. Pretty appropriate for the kind of cold performance the Buffalo Sabres put out in Thursday's 6-2 loss at Minnesota that was 6-0 through 40 minutes. It's a quick turnaround for the Sabres tonight as they meet the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets in B…