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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on November 26, 2019

Buffalo hosts Calgary on Wednesday at KeyBank Center

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres lost on the road last night to the Tampa Bay Lightning and sustained another injury. 

Buffalo is back home tomorrow night to take on the Calgary Flames. It's a 7 p.m. start with the GMC Game Night pregame show starting at 6:30 on MSG.

Here's what you need to know. 

A look back at last night

Video: BUF Recap: Reinhart, Vesey score in 5-2 loss

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin sustained a concussion during the second period of a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Monday. 

The injury occurred with the Sabres on a power play trailing 3-2. Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak delivered an elbow hit to Dahlin's head, forcing him to drop down to the ice. He was tended to on the bench before eventually exiting for the dressing room. 

Officials did not call a penalty on the play. 

"We'll let the league deal with the judgement of what happened," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said afterward. "Right now, we're just worried about Rasmus and getting him healthy and hoping that it's not a long-term injury."

"I haven't seen him since, but he was cut open pretty good," said forward Jimmy Vesey. "I thought it was unfortunate there wasn't a call."

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Eichel

Video: POSTGAME: Bogosian 

Video: POSTGAME: Vesey

Special teams proved to be the difference in the game for the Sabres, who took a 2-1 lead in the second period on goals from Sam Reinhart and Vesey. Mikhail Sergachev tied the game with a power-play goal later in the period, then Yanni Gourde scored to make it 3-2 just 2:26 later. 

The Sabres were scoreless on three power plays in that second period, the first of which could have put them up 3-1. They got another chance when Vesey drew a penalty late in a Tampa Bay power play during the third period, setting up seven seconds of 4-on-4 play before they were awarded the extra man.

 

Get ready for the Sabres Skills Challenge on January 5

 

The Buffalo Sabres today announced plans for the second annual Sabres Skills Challenge presented by New Era Cap on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at KeyBank Center.

Current Sabres players will be divided into two teams to compete against each other in an All-Star style event designed for fans of all ages. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

The teams will participate in five different competitions:

• Hardest Shot presented by Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
• Accuracy Showdown presented by KeyBank
• Puck Control Relay presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
• Power Play Challenge presented by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
• Shootout Challenge presented by New Era Cap
• Passing Challenge presented by LECOM

Tickets will be available for $10 and can be purchased starting Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Sabres.com/SkillsChallenge.  

My One Buffalo mobile app members will receive a presale notification on Monday, Dec. 2 offering the chance to buy tickets before they are available to the general public.

Sabres season ticket holders will receive an email with a presale code to purchase tickets beginning on Monday, Dec. 2 at a discounted rate of $5.

Click here for more info, including a tease of what this year's jerseys will look like. 
 

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