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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on New Year's Day

Buffalo will host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Happy New Year, Sabres fans. 

The team will move on from last night's disappointing 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning when they return to practice this afternoon. We'll have full coverage for you here on Sabres.com.

Their next game is Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers at KeyBank Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

Here's what you need to know.

 

A look back at last night

Video: BUF Recap: Sheary collects three points in 6-4 loss

From the Postgame Report…

Special teams once again made the difference as the Buffalo Sabres lost their season series finale against the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-4, at KeyBank Center on Tuesday. 

The Sabres led 4-1 at the 9:56 mark of the second period, then went on a power play less than two minutes later. Marcus Johansson was called for hooking with eight seconds remaining on the man advantage, giving the Lightning its fifth power play of the night. 

Alex Killorn scored on that power play, kicking off a string of five unanswered goals to conclude the contest. 
"That penalty definitely did it, shifted the momentum," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. "We all know how dangerous Tampa Bay is. We never expected the game to be over at 4-1, but you sure expected to have a much more controlled situation.

"When we do get into these penalty, power play, specialty team situations, they seem to break our 5-on-5 momentum and we need to stop changing our 5-on-5 game due to the feelings on the specialty teams. It was a change in momentum against a very dangerous team, but we are to blame. We gave them more than they actually took."

Video: POSTGAME: Eichel

Video: POSTGAME: Sheary

The line of Sheary, Marcus Johansson, and Jimmy Vesey continued to contribute with two more goals in the second period. The atmosphere in the building reached its peak when, with Jake McCabe serving an instigator minor, Jack Eichel turned in a highlight-reel shorthanded goal to make it 4-1. 

The fact that McCabe's penalty came in defense of Eichel - he fought defenseman Mikhail Sergachev following an open-ice hit on the Sabres captain - only added to the moment. 

"I think, I mean it sounds cliché, but we were just getting pucks behind them and going to work," Sheary said of the Sabres' start. "I think, with the group we have in here, we have a lot of hardworking guys and gritty guys and that's where our game's our best.

"I think we started turning the puck over and not getting it deep and I think that led to their transition."

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Johansson

Read the full recap here. 


World Juniors update

Dylan Cozens had a four-point night in Canada's 7-2 win over the Czech Republic. He scored his first goal of the tournament and added three assists in 11:43 of ice time. Matej Pekar recorded two shots while playing 6:30 for the host country.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: ANOTHER @HockeyCanada goal tipped in by @BuffaloSabres draft pick @Dylan_Cozens to extend their lead to 6-2! #WorldJuniors @WHLHurricanes pic.twitter.com/5RbtMZFN7O

Erik Portillo served as the backup goaltender in Sweden's 6-2 victory over Slovakia. 

Thursday's quarterfinal round is now set:

Cozens and Team Canada will play Slovakia.

U.S. captain Mattias Samuelsson and the Americans will face Finland in a rematch of last year's gold medal game.

Pekar and the Czech Republic will go up against top-seeded Sweden.

Russia will play Switzerland. 
 

Vote for Dahlin

For the second straight season, the NHL is allowing fans to select four players from a list of 31 players - one from each NHL team as determined by the League's Hockey Operations Department - to be added to the divisional rosters for All-Star Weekend in St. Louis on Jan. 24 and 25. 

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is the Sabres' representative on the Atlantic Division ballot.

The highest vote-getters by division then will be added to their respective All-Star rosters. Voting for the Last Men In runs until Friday, Jan. 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Dahlin is competing against Patrice Bergeron (BOS), Dylan Larkin (DET), Aleksander Barkov (FLA), Max Domi (MTL), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (OTT), Steven Stamkos (TBL) and Mitchell Marner (TOR).

Sabres captain Jack Eichel was named to the Atlantic Division team on Monday.

Fans can vote at NHL.com/Vote or on a mobile interactive ballot on the NHL app starting at noon.

 

Skills Challenge is Sunday

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Multiple Sabres alumni will be signing autographs at our Skills Challenge on Jan. 5th! Here's who will be there: https://t.co/1bOSBQJsNd pic.twitter.com/pUwhqh3zVC

 

And don't forget about the time change for Saturday's game

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: 90s Night is now 90s Day, because you know, #GoBillsDetails: https://t.co/6WyJqrd1an pic.twitter.com/TUEBZGbqva

Click here to check out an exclusive gallery of photos from the 1990s.

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