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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 » 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 » 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 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 » Saturday, April 2, 2016

NEW YORK -- Nine losses and nearly three years later, the Buffalo Sabres finally got another win against the New York Rangers. Ryan O'Reilly scored twice in the first period to give the Sabres a lead they would never relinquish Saturday night and Buffalo held on through a frantic third period for a 4-3 win over the... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, April 2, 2016

NEW YORK -- The Rangers didn't get the job done Thursday in Carolina, suffering a regulation loss to the Hurricanes, so they need a win tonight in Madison Square Garden against the Sabres to clinch their sixth straight playoff berth and 10th in the last 11 years. New York has won both meetings this year, extending its... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, April 1, 2016

Dan Bylsma has said several times he’s uncomfortable with the Sabres’ spot in the standings. He made the playoffs every year while coaching Pittsburgh, so he never knew when the season would end. He knows Buffalo is done in eight days. Still, he’s not going to change anything with the team going on its last long... Read More

By John Vogl » Thursday, March 31, 2016

The gluttons for punishment -- also known as the Toronto Maple Leafs fans who attend games in Buffalo -- went home sad once again. For the 17th time in 19 games, the Sabres dropped their closest rival in First Niagara Center. Cal O'Reilly scored twice to send the Sabres toward a 4-1 victory Thursday night. Buffalo... Read More

By John Vogl » Tuesday, March 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH – It was end-your-drought night for Sabres players. As a team, however, one skid remains. Despite a long list of players reaching the score sheet in categories they hadn't found in a long time, Buffalo still has an extended slump against the Penguins. Buffalo dropped a 5-4 shootout decision and is winless... Read More

By John Vogl » Tuesday, March 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH – Rick Jeanneret knows how scary it can be to receive a cancer diagnosis. He also knows the disease can be beaten. He’s going to remind people by joining the American Cancer Society for the “Relay for Life of Buffalo.” The Sabres announcer will open the fundraiser May 20 at Canalside by leading the... Read More

By John Vogl » Tuesday, March 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH – The Sabres are going heavy at the top of their lineup, putting their highest-scoring forwards together for Tuesday night’s game in Pittsburgh. Ryan O’Reilly (53 points), Jack Eichel (50) and Sam Reinhart (40) will form the Sabres’ No. 1 unit in Consol Energy Center. O’Reilly will move to the left... Read More

By John Vogl » Monday, March 28, 2016

DETROIT – The last time the Red Wings missed the playoffs, 15 members of the Sabres hadn’t even been born yet. Detroit isn’t guaranteed of extending its streak, but it sure wasn’t going to let a bunch of kids from Buffalo get in the way. Detroit kept its playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 victory Monday in Joe Louis... Read More

By John Vogl » Monday, March 28, 2016

DETROIT – The Sabres wanted a solid foundation while building from the ground up. They needed players with skill, but they desired someone dedicated to improving who could show others the importance of hard work. They found their guy in Ryan O’Reilly. Buffalo’s leading scorer is also its most determined player,... Read More

By John Vogl » Monday, March 28, 2016

DETROIT – The Sabres are looking for late-season challenges, things that will teach them and give them team-building experiences. They’ve got one Monday. The Detroit Red Wings are ninth in the Eastern Conference, one position shy of a wild-card spot. Detroit has made the postseason for 24 straight years, so... Read More

By John Vogl » Saturday, March 26, 2016

Hudson Fasching and Casey Nelson arrived in the NHL with a splash. Fellow rookies Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel made sure the folks in Buffalo didn’t forget about them. Like that's even possible. Reinhart and Eichel scored in the opening 4:07 of the third period Saturday, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, March 26, 2016

Signing college players, whether they’re your own or free agents, is a much-overlooked portion of team building. The Sabres got into the fray in a big way last week by inking Hudson Fasching and Casey Nelson. Now the NHL is waiting on a big fish: Harvard left winger Jimmy Vesey. Vesey’s team lost in the NCAA... Read More

By John Vogl » Friday, March 25, 2016

A whirlwind week that will end with a spot in the Sabres’ lineup has left Hudson Fasching speechless. The 20-year-old, signed to a three-year contract Monday, will make his NHL debut Saturday when the Winnipeg Jets visit First Niagara Center. Coach Dan Bylsma floored the rookie with the news after practice, and... Read More

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