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By Mike Harrington » 3:02 PM

Which NHL team held the longest running hex over the Buffalo Sabres? You probably never would have guessed the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs' stranglehold of games over Buffalo finally ended Sunday afternoon in First Niagara Center, as the Sabres jumped to a 3-0 lead after the first period and held on for a 4-1 victory... Read More

By Mike Harrington » 11:03 AM

The Colorado Avalanche are in town for a 12:30 matinee with the Sabres today in First Niagara Center and there's some revenge at work for the Sabres against an opponent they barely see and have no rivalry against. When the teams met Jan. 20 in Denver's Pepsi Center, the Sabres were nursing a 1-0 lead into the final 11... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tim Murray needs Steven Stamkos. He thought he needed Mike Babcock too but that ended up with the Detroit coach simply leveraging Buffalo on his way to Toronto. The Babcock affair comes to mind with all the chatter on Canadian sports giant TSN in recent days after the Dion Phaneuf trade opened a lot of cap space for the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, February 12, 2016

Through some wicked adversity and a few stretches of wickedly poor play, a lot had gone wrong for the Buffalo Sabres in losing the last four games.Then they hit the ice Friday in First Niagara Center to a huge roar – from the red-clad fans of the Montreal Canadiens, who pretty much took over large chunks of the 100... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, February 12, 2016

There's been no lack of offense lately when the Buffalo Sabres take the ice. In the last three games, the Sabres and their foes have totaled 27 goals. The Sabres were once again porous defensively Friday night in First Niagara Center but this time escaped with a win. In a game featuring six goals in the second... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, February 10, 2016

With injuries continuing to nip at the Buffalo Sabres’ forward corps, Williamsville native Justin Bailey finally got the call to his hometown team Wednesday afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound right winger earned his first NHL recall and is expected to make his NHL debut Thursday night in Philadelphia. Zemgus... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When any team – especially one filled with young players – endures a loss as grievous as what the Buffalo Sabres suffered Saturday in Boston, you have to wonder what kind of carryover effect it might have.The gift-wrapped penalty shot goal Brad Marchand scored in overtime was a stunner to the Sabres and had to be tough... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dan Bylsma said earlier today a callup from Rochester might be in the offing for this weekend and the Sabres made it official Wednesday afternoon by recalling winger Justin Bailey from Rochester. Bailey, the Williamsville native who is the son of former Bills linebacker Carlton Bailey, will be making his NHL debut... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Sabres had a quick practice today in HarborCenter before heading to Philadelphia for Thursday night's game against the Flyers, and three of their regular forwards were missing Jack Eichel was absent from practice for the first time this year due to what coach Dan Bylsma said was a "maintenance day" but Bylsma said... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Look up at the Tampa Bay Lightning, who were in the Stanley Cup final last June. Look up at the Florida Panthers, who have burst to the top of the Atlantic Division thanks to their mix of top draft picks and wily veterans and made the Sabres look quite bad for much of Tuesday night.I’ve got some new advice for Sabres... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, February 7, 2016

With all the postgame talk about the controversial Brad Marchand penalty shot goal that cost the Buffalo Sabres a win Saturday in Boston, it was easy to overlook another milestone on the burgeoning resume of winger Sam Reinhart.The rookie posted the lone goal in the Sabres’ 2-1 overtime loss and it gave him goals in... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOSTON – It started like any other Friday in Rochester for Dan Catenacci. The Amerks were reviewing video, the session ended and coach Randy Cunneyworth called Catenacci back to the video room to look at more clips. And things initially got harsh.“The coaches called me in and started yelling at me,” Catenacci... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOSTON − Sometimes, the video is hard to decipher. And sometimes, it shows an official blowing a call in hard-to-believe fashion in full high definition. Such was the case Saturday night in TD Garden, as Brad Marchand scored on a penalty shot gifted by referee Brad Watson with 2:28 left in overtime to give the Boston... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON -- Brad Marchand's controversial penalty shot goal with 2:28 left in overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night in TD Garden. It was a fast-paced affair featuring plenty of scoring opportunities, with goaltenders Robin Lehner and Tuukka Rask strong throughout. Both teams... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, February 6, 2016

Assuming he takes the ice for every game the rest of the way, Connor McDavid will play just 45 games for the Edmonton Oilers this season. Given that, is it really plausible for him to win the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year? Backers of Artemi Panarin, Dylan Larkin and Jack Eichel would certainly say no way. But... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON -- Dan Catenacci has played 180 games for the Rochester Amerks the last three years without a sniff of the NHL.  For being drafted by the Sabres in the third round of the 2011 draft, that's being a good soldier. The payoff comes tonight in TD Garden as the 22-year-old will make his NHL debut for Buffalo against the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Friday, February 5, 2016

Hold off on the thought that Tim Murray is automatically trading Jamie McGinn just because the Buffalo Sabres’ top-line left winger will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. The club’s general manager acknowledged Thursday’s he’s had multiple conversations with McGinn’s agent about a contract... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, February 4, 2016

Home is simply not where the Buffalo Sabres' hearts are. The Sabres couldn't stand prosperity Thursday night, blowing a 2-0 lead and suffering a disappointing 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins in First Niagara Center. Ryan Spooner scored the lone goal in the shootout on Boston's first shot. Brian Gionta, Evander... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sabres General Manager Tim Murray has been consistent with his policy of dealing players on expiring contracts at the trade deadline in order to keep building his club's stockpile of assets. It appears Murray is prepared to take a different approach with first-line winger Jamie McGinn. Murray revealed Thursday night... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Sabres' struggles in First Niagara Center -- an NHL-worst 9-15-2 record at home -- have been a major talking point all season. Tonight's game here against Boston is a big task, because the Bruins are one of the league's best clubs on the road. While Boston has inexplicably struggled to an 11-13-3 mark in TD Garden,... Read More

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