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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on December 9, 2019

Buffalo plays 2 games at KeyBank Center this week

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres went 1-1-1 on their Western Canadian road trip, collecting an overtime victory on Sunday against Edmonton to close it out. 

The Sabres will play again on Tuesday when the St. Louis Blues come to town. Then it's Aud Night on Thursday, where we'll be celebrating Buffalo Memorial Auditorium and the 1980s, when Buffalo takes on Nashville. 

Here's what you need to know. 

 

About last night

Video: Miller nets OT winner to lift Sabres past Oilers

From the Lexus Postgame Report… 

Ralph Krueger looks back fondly on his three seasons in Edmonton. He spoke Sunday morning about the relationships he formed with Oilers players and the lessons that helped him carve his path since, from the Olympics to the English Premier League and now to the Buffalo Sabres' bench.

His current players know the history, too. You can bet it was a motivating factor in their 3-2 overtime win over the Oilers, Krueger's first game in Edmonton since parting ways with the organization in 2013. 

"Sure was," forward Kyle Okposo said. "We talked about it in between periods and this morning and we wanted to get a win for him. We know how much it meant for him. Things didn't end well here for him and he wouldn't say it, but I know that this game meant a lot to him."

Coming off an overtime loss in Vancouver on Saturday, the Sabres jumped on the Pacific Division leading Oilers early. Okposo and Johan Larsson scored goals in the first 11 minutes and they carried the 2-0 lead into overtime. 

Video: POSTGAME: Miller

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: Marcus Johansson's postgame show interview

The Oilers responded with a pair of goals from Riley Sheahan and Joakim Nygard in the second, but the Sabres withstood the adversity. Linus Ullmark shut the door for the remainder of a 26-save effort and a patient, possession-based approach in overtime ended with Colin Miller burying the winning goal. 

Krueger was moved not only by the sentiment from his players, but also by the manner with which they won. 

"It's real nice," he said. "I mean, they know the story. They know the history. We've got an honest culture in there and we're just out for each other, so it was a beautiful victory, really, especially because of the character we showed to get it.

"... I thought we really deserved the overtime win at the end. Just real pleased with the guys making that special gesture and something we're definitely going to build on, this game."

Read the full recap here.


Autograph surprise!

The Buffalo Sabres will once again provide fans a chance to do some holiday shopping while supporting the Buffalo Sabres Foundation with the return of the annual autographed ornament surprise this Tuesday, Dec. 10, before and during the team's game against the St. Louis Blues at 7:30 p.m.

With a $20 donation to the Sabres Foundation, fans will receive a commemorative 50th Season holiday ornament autographed by a Buffalo Sabres player.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. the Sabres' wives and girlfriends will begin selling the ornaments at KeyBank Center at the top of the escalators on the 100 level pavilion and by the 200 level bridge. The ornaments will be sold gift-wrapped, keeping the player who autographed each one a surprise. The tables will remain open while supplies last, and all proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

Click here to learn more about the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. 


Thursday is Aud Night

As part of the Golden Season, the Sabres will be celebrating Aud Night on Thursday when the team hosts the Nashville Predators. Faceoff is at 7 p.m., but fans will want to arrive early for pregame festivities. 

Tickets are on sale now.

Before the game, the main Blue Zone Bar will host a happy hour with $5 Labatt drafts from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and live '80s music. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will also receive a special edition jersey koozie, courtesy of Labatt.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Dust off your neon shirts and high-waisted jeans...We're diving into the 80s on December 12! 🎟: https://t.co/g7StUYnI5Y pic.twitter.com/7DkPAEPe28

The following alumni from the 1980s are scheduled to attend and will greet fans in the 100 level concourse and on the 200 level in the Seneca Sports Lounge before the game:

Dave Andreychuk
Adam Creighton
Mike Foligno
Mike Hartman
Val James
Uwe Krupp
Kevin Maguire
Phil Myre
Wilf Paiement
Brent Peterson
Larry Playfair
Daren Puppa
Dave Schultz
Dave Snuggerud
John Tucker
John Van Boxmeer

The alumni will then be honored on the ice before a special '80s-themed video open. 

Check out a photo gallery of photos from the 1980s here.

More details to come later today.
 

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