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Lehner makes spectacular save in OT win over Habs

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

MONTREAL - It's not often you see a crowd cheer for a play made by the road team. It takes a special moment, like Lebron scoring 50 at Madison Square Garden, or a no-hitter in the ninth inning, or, just maybe, the save Robin Lehner made in overtime at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

With the Buffalo Sabres struggling to gain possession in the extra period, Montreal's Alexander Radulov cut to the center of the ice. Lehner had seen this happen twice on this night. Both times he committed to Radulov, and both times Radulov passed back to an oncoming forward.

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Ristolainen ready for another workload in Montreal

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

MONTREAL - It hasn't yet been 24 hours since Rasmus Ristolainen skated 35:24 of ice time in an overtime win for the Buffalo Sabres. The mark was not only a career high for Ristolainen, but one that no Sabre has reached since the NHL began tracking ice time during the 1999-2000 season, according to Elias Sports Bureau. 

With the Sabres set to play against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Ristolainen may be asked to carry a similar workload. Not that the young defenseman has ever had any issues with playing big minutes.

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Sharpen Up: January 21, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Ryan O'Reilly helped get the job done last night in Buffalo's 3-2 overtime win over Detroit last night. He made a tremendous play to tie the game with 4:09 left and then set up Kyle Okposo's GWG on the power play. 

The Sabres are in Montreal tonight for another divisional matchup. They'll take on the Canadiens at 7 p.m. but make sure you're watching the TOPS Game Night pregame show on MSG starting at 6:30. You can also listen live on WGR 550.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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O'Reilly's late-game heroics lead to OT win

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

There were three key moments late in a 3-2 overtime win for the Buffalo Sabres over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night, and Ryan O'Reilly had a hand in all of them. 

There was the game-tying goal, which O'Reilly scored with 4:09 remaining on a wrap-around backhand shot. There was a 4-on-3 penalty kill in overtime, which O'Reilly quarterbacked and, finally, there was the overtime winner scored by Kyle Okposo, on which O'Reilly earned the primary assist.

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Sabres assign Ullmark to Rochester

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

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Nilsson to start in net as Sabres host Red Wings

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Anders Nilsson felt under the weather when he returned to Buffalo from Toronto on Tuesday night and did not take the ice when the Buffalo Sabres returned to practice on Thursday. Apparently the added rest did him well, as Nilsson is set to start in net against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. 

With the Sabres playing back-to-back, at home against Detroit and then on the road in Montreal on Saturday, coach Dan Bylsma said Nilsson had already been penciled in to start against the Red Wings. It make sense, given his numbers at KeyBank Center this season. In seven home games, Nilsson is 5-1-1 with .947 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average. 

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Sharpen Up: January 20, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres are back at it tonight as they host the Detroit Red Wings at KeyBank Center. After the team's win on Dec. 27 at Detroit, the Sabres are looking for wins in consecutive matchups with the Red Wings for the first time since March 6, 1994 and Nov. 1, 1995.

So a win tonight would be a long time coming. And very much welcome.

Here's what you need to know.

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Sharpen Up: January 19, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

After a day off yesterday, the Buffalo Sabres will be back at work today at KeyBank Center. Tomorrow night, they'll host the Detroit Red Wings for a 7 p.m. faceoff. 

Here's what you need to know.

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Sabres to host students from future goals program

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will once again host more than 2,500 local students as part of the NHL and NHLPA Future Goals program at KeyBank Center on Jan. 19. Future Goals focuses on using the game of hockey to teach science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

"The Future Goals open practice allows us the opportunity to provide an interactive hockey and STEM experience for thousands of students who are using the program in their schools," said Sabres Director of Community Relations Rich Jureller. "We are very excited to welcome them to KeyBank Center for a great day of learning and hockey."

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HALL: Some early off-ice highlights of 2017

by Lauren Hall @LaurenHall / Sabres.com

Happy New Year! We're only a couple weeks into 2017, and the Sabres have already given us a lot of good memories on and off the ice. 

The first home game of the new calendar year was one that we'll all be talking about for a while. The team's third period comeback win against Winnipeg electrified the afternoon crowd at KeyBank Center on a bitterly cold winter day. 

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