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By Mike Harrington » Saturday, April 16, 2016

The NHL put new blueline cameras in all 16 playoff buildings to catch even more of those offside-by-a-toenail infractions that we simply can’t allow. They won’t call hooking and interference the way it should be called, so offense is getting destroyed and that has fans and analysts up in arms. But we damn well better... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, April 13, 2016

At the end of another hockey season, you can’t help but get a little reflective on all that you’ve seen. And you see plenty both on and off the ice when you’re criss-crossing North America following the Sabres. Just this year alone, I put my foot in the Atlantic Ocean off Miami Beach (a note of thanks to Dan... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I’ve had some pretty good luck on predictions lately so I’m doubling down on what I said here in October: The Washington Capitals will beat the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup final. In our NHL Preview section, I picked the Sabres to go 35-35-12. They went 35-36-11. I had them seventh in the Atlantic Division, 13th... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, April 12, 2016

There were no bombshells dropped Monday when the Sabres met the media for their end-of-season news conference. Injury updates were plentiful, so was talk about next season’s goals, the team’s wish list and some scenarios for when the draft hits First Niagara Center in June. But the best part was easily when the... Read More

By Mike Harrington , John Vogl » Monday, April 11, 2016

It’s time for Jack Eichel to shut it down.After a whirlwind 12 months that included playing for a college championship, winning the Hobey Baker Award, representing the United States at the world championships, sharing the spotlight with Connor McDavid during the NHL Draft process, headlining the Sabres’ development... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, April 10, 2016

You’ve seen the stare and you’ve loved it. Robin Lehner’s frighteningly steely eyes became an Internet meme for all seasons this year after he tussled in Columbus and offered an invitation to Montreal’s Ben Scrivens that wasn’t answered last month in First Niagara Center.I got a mini-stare from about a foot away... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sabres captain Brian Gionta is 76 games shy of 1,000 in the NHL and that milestone could come next season in the final year of the three-year, $12.75-million deal he signed with the Sabres in July, 2014. Gionta turned 37 in January but made it clear Sunday in First Niagara Center that he's not planning on making next... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, April 10, 2016

So after his first year in Buffalo, what would Jack Eichel tell someone about playing for the Sabres? He had a quick answer today when asked by The News what kind of sales pitch he would use with close friend Jimmy Vesey, the Harvard winger who was named the Hobey Baker Award winner Friday night -- and will be an... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Sabres definitely have to be careful how they view the upbeat second half of their season. There’s no question there’s been culture change and players have bought in and grasped Dan Bylsma’s structured system much more the last couple of months. First periods got better and so did the home record, Friday’s Fan... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, April 6, 2016

HORRENDOUS NEWARK AIRPORT* -- The Sabres were dangerously close to the bottom of the NHL's overall standing until the calendar hit February. But now they've completely pulled away from it with their 7-2-2 run in the last 11 games. After finishing 30th the last two years and drafting Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel at No. 2... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, April 6, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. – Ryan O’Reilly and Jack Eichel overcame whatever injuries they were dealing with to play Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils. Brian Gionta didn’t take the morning skate while fighting off the flu but managed to stay in the lineup as well. Justin Bailey made the trip to the Garden State on a... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. – This one gets filed in the folder marked “No Win Is Boring.” Still, you have to grit your teeth when saying that about the Buffalo Sabres’ 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night in a half-empty Prudential Center. Through 33 minutes, the game was scoreless and the shots on goal... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. -- It took more than 34 minutes to snap a scoreless tie but the Buffalo Sabres did just enough here Tuesday night to fashion their second three-game winning streak of the season. Goals by Ryan O'Reilly and Johan Larsson were just enough to give the Sabres a lead and then held on for 3-1 win over the New... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. -- Ryan O'Reilly and Jack Eichel both missed practice yesterday but skated today in the Prudential Center and should be fine for the Sabres' game tonight against New Jersey. Justin Bailey also skated today after arriving from Rochester and it's possible he ends up in the lineup for captain Brian Gionta, who is... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Sabres have recalled Williamsville native Justin Bailey from Rochester, as the status of Ryan O'Reilly for tonight's game in New Jersey continues to be in doubt. Coach Dan Bylsma said this morning during his weekly appearance on WGR Radio that Bailey is here in case O'Reilly can't play and the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, April 4, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. – The Buffalo Sabres were a 30th-place team each of the last two seasons, mired in the netherworld of the NHL standings. As they head into the final week and the final three games of this campaign, they have a tangible and realistic goal within their grasp.No, it’s not the playoffs. The Sabres will be shut... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, April 4, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. – The Buffalo Sabres’ top two centers both sat out practice here Monday, and it appears Ryan O’Reilly is definitely questionable to play in Tuesday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.O’Reilly and Jack Eichel both missed practice for what coach Dan Bylsma termed maintenance days. Bylsma was coy... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, April 4, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Sabres' practiced in New Jersey's practice rink inside Prudential Center today minus Jack Eichel and Ryan O'Reilly. The team's top two centers were both sitting out on maintenance days but coach Dan Bylsma said one is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Devils. Bylsma wasn't giving up which... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, April 3, 2016

NEW YORK – It was nearly 11 p.m. Saturday when the word got out and the shock spread around the National Hockey League.Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos missed his team’s win over New Jersey with what the club termed an upper-body injury. It was the first absence for Stamkos since the broken leg he suffered... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, April 3, 2016

NEW YORK – A couple reinforcements to the Buffalo Sabres’ roster could be coming from Rochester for the season’s final two games.That was the word from coach Dan Bylsma late Saturday afternoon prior to the game against the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden.With the Amerks toast in the AHL playoff race with... Read More

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