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Sharpen Up: April 5, 2019

Here's what you need to know on Friday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Jason Pominville had a night he'll never forget. An unrestricted free agent this summer, Pominville played in what could have been his final home game with the Buffalo Sabres and he didn't disappoint. He scored to cap off a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators and his goal allowed him to pass Don Luce for sole possession of 10th-most goals in franchise history. 

Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo and Victor Olofsson also scored. Carter Hutton made 21 saves in net.

The season concludes tomorrow night in Detroit. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on MSG and WGR 550 with the final GMC Game Night pregame show of the year kicking off at 6:30 on MSG.

Here's what you need to know.

About last night

Video: Eichel records three points, leads Sabres to 5-2 win

From the Lexus Postgame Report…

Jason Pominville stood before the cameras, his eyes glistening as he fought back emotions and delivered a message to the people of Buffalo.

"Thank you for everything," he said. "I left probably in tears, came back with a smile. Who knows what's going to happen now?"

Pominville, an unrestricted free agent this summer, contemplated his past and future while driving to work on Thursday morning. He politely excused himself from his pregame interview, overwhelmed with emotion while considering the prospect of playing his last home game as a Sabre. 

Video: Fans salute Pominville

He then laced up his skates, threw on his No. 29 sweater and gave fans one more moment they may never forget when he scored the final goal in a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Fan Appreciation Night at KeyBank Center.

The goal was followed by a commercial break, giving fans a chance to show their appreciation with a long standing ovation. Players tapped their sticks and ushered Pominville toward center ice, where he pumped his fist and saluted the crowd.

"I kind of blacked out," Pominville admitted. "It's not my personality. … I don't like those types of things. But the boys sent me to the middle, and I think it was the right thing to do."

"Just in the two years, I've been able to build a really good relationship with him," Jack Eichel said. "Past how special as a player he is, special as a teammate, he's just a really good friend, somebody you can talk to a lot about anything. He just brings such a good attitude to the rink every day. 

"He's been a steady influence for everyone, through all the ups and downs. He's somebody who just goes about his business every day. We can learn a lot from him and the type of professional he is. So, he's meant a lot to me, to this organization, this city, this team."

Video: POSTGAME: Pominville

Video: Eichel on the postgame show

Video: POSTGAME: Housley

You can read the full recap here.

Player awards announced

Video: Jack Eichel: 2019 Sabres MVP

Video: Rasmus Dahlin: 2019 Rookie of the Year

Video: Carter Hutton: 2019 Unsung Hero

Video: Zach Bogosian: 2019 Sabres Foundation Man of the Year

Fan of the Year

Anna Marie Szczepanski, the Sabres' Fan of the Year, was honored during a ceremonial puck drop. Szczepanski, 95, has been attending games since the organization's inaugural season in 1970-71. Watch her interview with Dan Dunleavy and the ceremonial puck drop she participated in here:

Video: Fan of the Year: Anna Marie Szczepanski

Fan Appreciation Night Goes Digital tomorrow night

Fans tuned in to MSG for the team's final road game against the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow night will have a chance to win prizes throughout the broadcast when Fan Appreciation Night Goes Digital. Registered My One Buffalo members will be able to access a form to enter the contest to win a variety of prizes, including Sabres season tickets and an overnight stay package from Buffalo Marriott Harborcenter and more. 

To participate in this contest, fans can follow the link on the homepage of the My One Buffalo app, which will be available from the beginning of the pregame show through the end of the third period. Winners will be announced by Brian Duff during both intermissions and the postgame show on MSG.

Amerks playoff tickets on sale today

All first-round home games for the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs will go on sale today at 10 a.m. The complete opening round schedule will be released at a later date as soon as Rochester's first-round opponent has been determined.

Rochester battles Syracuse tonight at Blue Cross Arena to open up a back-to-back set against the two top teams in the North Division.

Individual game tickets for Round One of the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs start as low as just $14 and range in price up to $28 depending on seat location. All tickets purchased on the day of the game will increase by $2.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase all potential home playoff games with a Playoff Pack, which are on sale now. Convenient payment options are available and guarantee your seating at the lowest rates for all home playoff games at The Blue Cross Arena.

Additionally, new and current Amerks Season Ticket Members are currently able to purchase additional single-game tickets for all first-round home playoff games for as little as $12.

Amerks Calder Cup Playoff tickets are available for purchase either in person at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office, online at or by calling 1-855-GO-AMERKS.

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