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Jokiharju impressing with confidence, poise in defensive zone

Defenseman's breakout passes led to offense vs. Florida

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Henri Jokiharju said upon being acquired by the Sabres in July that it was his goal to play the full season in the NHL. It's early, and coach Ralph Krueger has emphasized that internal competition will remain throughout the season, but Jokiharju's five-game start certainly has him on the right track. 

Krueger said after practice on Sunday that Jokiharju and rookie forward Victor Olofsson were given the go-ahead to look for places to live in the area, a positive sign for the 20-year-old defenseman.

"They're both out hunting for places to live," Krueger said. "But, again, the competition in the league doesn't stop. The pressure on you [to perform] doesn't stop."

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'That's Sabres Hockey': Hard-working trio gets rewarded in SO win

Girgensons, Larsson, and Okposo helped create two goals in Buffalo's 3-2 win over Florida

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Linus Ullmark watched from the opposite end of the ice as the trio of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, and Kyle Okposo went to work for long stretches in the offensive zone throughout the Sabres' meeting with the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center on Friday. 

What was the goalie thinking during those moments of rest?

"That's Sabres hockey right there," Ullmark said. "I love it."

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At the Horn: Panthers 2 - Sabres 3 (SO)

Buffalo improves to 4-0-1 after shootout victory over Florida

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres played in their third overtime game in a row on Friday, and this time 65 minutes just wasn't enough.

The Sabres entered their first shootout of the year and came away with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center.

Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt scored in the shootout and Linus Ullmark stopped both shots he saw to secure two points. 

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Larsson's line looks to continue strong play vs. Panthers

Trio with Girgensons, Okposo has played regularly in offensive zone

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Ralph Krueger noted during training camp that Zemgus Girgensons was playing with a high level of confidence. He lauded the forward for his trustworthy defensive play and his tone-setting tenacity on the forecheck. 

Girgensons has teamed with linemates Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo to keep up that strong impression through the first four games of the season. Krueger spoke highly of the trio on Thursday, citing the line as an example for others on the Sabres to follow. 

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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 11, 2019

The 3-0-1 Buffalo Sabres host Florida tonight at KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season. We'll see if they can keep it going tonight with the Florida Panthers in town. 

Tickets for the game are on sale now. If you can't make it to KeyBank Center, catch the GMC Game Night pregame show at 6:30 p.m. on MSG. RJ and Rayzor will have the call on MSG and WGR 550 at 7.

Full game-day coverage can be found right here on Sabres.com.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Dahlin's play at the point has contributed to power-play success

Defenseman leads NHL blue liners with 7 points in 4 games

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Rasmus Dahlin smirked when asked what's changed for the Sabres on the power play from a year ago. 

"Olofsson is here," the defenseman said matter-of-factly. 

Yes, Victor Olofsson's lethal shot had been a difference maker for a Buffalo power play that leads the NHL with eight goals in four games. Olofsson has six goals in 10 contests dating back to the end of last season, all of which have come with the extra man. 

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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 10, 2019

Buffalo picked up an overtime win over Montreal last night thanks in part to a 4-point night from Jack Eichel

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres earned two points last night in their overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens last night. The team bounced back from Monday night's OT loss in Columbus with a 5-4 victory over the Habs. 

Captain Jack Eichel led the way with four points, including a pair of highlight-reel goals. Marcus Johansson potted the overtime winner while rookie sniper Victor Olofsson and Jeff Skinner also put the puck home.

Buffalo will return to practice today and they'll play again tomorrow night at home against the Florida Panthers. It's a Family Pack game so we'll see you at the rink for the 7 p.m. faceoff. Full coverage can be found here on Sabres.com.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Eichel tallies 4 points, Johansson scores OT winner vs. Habs

Sabres improve to 3-0-1

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

With a back-and-forth game in the balance and the Sabres set to start overtime with an extra man, Ralph Krueger turned to his veterans. 

The Sabres had 1:25 remaining on their fifth power play of the night when they took the ice for overtime against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Krueger sent out a left shot in Marcus Johansson, plus three righties in Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and Colin Miller. 

The power play had just expired when Miller caught a rebound to left of the net and sent a pass through the middle to Johansson, who buried a one-timer for his second goal with the Sabres. 

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At the Horn: Canadiens 4 - Sabres 5 (OT)

Buffalo leads NHL with 8 power-play goals

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres' power play has been a force to be reckoned with early this season. 

Buffalo went 2-for-5 with the man advantage in their 5-4 overtime victory Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday at KeyBank Center. With two power-play goals tonight, the Sabres have scored multiple power-play tallies in three straight games for the first time since March 4 to 7, 2009.

Marcus Johansson scored the winner just as a power play expired 1:30 into the extra period.

Jack Eichel had a four-point night, including a pair of electrifying goals while Victor Olofsson and Jeff Skinner also beat Habs goaltender Keith Kinkaid. Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton made 23 saves to improve to 3-0-0 on the season. 

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Hutton to start as Sabres open homestand vs. Canadiens

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Following their victory at home against New Jersey on Saturday, members of the Sabres congregated in the dressing room and spoke about inspiring a similar atmosphere in KeyBank Center on a nightly basis. 

"I think that's something as a team and as a city we can pride ourselves on, is making this place hard to play against and a hard rink to come into," goalie Carter Hutton said. 

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