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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on November 15, 2019

Buffalo hosts Ottawa on Saturday for Hockey Fights Cancer Night

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres are in the midst of a busy stretch of games that will continue tomorrow night when the host the Ottawa Senators for Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Last night, the Sabres kicked off a stretch of five games in eight days with an overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Buffalo was able to tie it up with under a minute to play thanks to a goal from Johan Larsson to earn a point.

Here's what you need to know.


Hockey Fights Cancer Night is tomorrow

Video: Flashes of Hope Photo Shoot 2019

The Buffalo Sabres announced the team, in partnership with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, will again take part in the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer™ program during the team's home game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.

As part of an NHL-wide initiative to raise money and awareness for cancer research, the Sabres will be hosting events throughout the night in support of local cancer patients and their charitable organizations. All fans attending the game will receive a Sabres Hockey Fights Cancer scarf.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: All fans in attendance at our Hockey Fights Cancer game will receive a scarf!Get your tickets for Nov. 16:

Fans attending the game will have an opportunity to participate in the Autographed Hat Surprise sale. For a $20 donation to the Sabres Foundation, fans will receive a Sabres Hockey Fights Cancer autographed hat. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Wives and girlfriends of Sabres players will be on hand to assist with the sale.

Volunteers from Roswell Park will be on hand selling raffle tickets for chances to win Sabres experiences and autographed items. Tickets will be sold on the 100 level near the LECOM Harborcenter bridge until the second intermission.

Furthermore, an online auction featuring unique Sabres autographed merchandise and experiences will be running this week at This auction will start on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. and close on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 9 p.m., with all proceeds benefitting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

To commemorate the night, all Sabres players will wear lavender Hockey Fights Cancer themed jerseys and use sticks with lavender tape during warmups. The jerseys will be auctioned off at immediately following the game.

Click here for full details.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Join us this Saturday night for Hockey Fights Cancer.🎟 ���

A look back at last night

Video: BUF Recap: Skinner records two points in OT loss

From the Lexus Postgame Report… 

Johan Larsson scored with 40.1 seconds remaining to force overtime, but the Buffalo Sabres were unable to end their winless streak against the Carolina Hurricanes at KeyBank Center on Thursday. 

Dougie Hamilton netted the winning goal 2:28 into the extra period to clinch the 5-4 victory for the Hurricanes. The Sabres fell to 0-4-2 in their last six games with the loss, which coach Ralph Krueger traced back to the beginning of the contest. 

"I thought there's something to take with there as far as the fight and the resiliency down the stretch," Krueger said. "We're extremely disappointed with the loss today and I think we need to go further back in the game to understand why we didn't generate more in the first 30 minutes. That definitely is the root cause of the loss today."

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Skinner 

Jeff Skinner opened the scoring for the Sabres just 4:26 into the contest. The Hurricanes tied the game at the 12:46 mark on an odd goal from Jordan Staal, who lofted a shot over the shoulder of goaltender Carter Hutton from inside the faceoff circle after an initial attempt was blocked by Marco Scandella.

From that point, Krueger felt the Sabres went flat for some 20 minutes. Sebastian Aho scored a power-play goal with 2:43 remaining in the first period, then helped Teuvo Teravainen bury a feed from Andrei Svechnikov to make it 3-1 less than a minute into the second. 

In the meantime, the Sabres went 0-for-3 on the power play despite quality stretches of possession. 

Video: POSTGAME: Jokiharju

Video: POSTGAME: Lazar 

"I think we could have had a better start but we drew three penalties, we spent six minutes on the PP, and then the second half of the game I thought we turned it around and I thought we, in my opinion, sort of carried the majority of the play," Skinner said. 

"That's the way the game goes. You're going to have stretches where you carry the play, you're going to have stretches where they carry the play. That's just the way the league is."

The full recap can be read here.


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