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Sharpen Up: February 15, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

That's one way to earn two points. Buffalo scored twice in the third period last night to come back and beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 at Canadian Tire Centre. Justin Bailey's second-career goal proved to be the game winner. 

Here's what you need to know.

Video: Bailey's goal helps Sabres to 3-2 comeback win

Boy, does Robin Lehner sure love playing his old team. He made 39 saves to improve to 4-0-2 in his career against Ottawa, with a .959 save percentage and a 1.30 goals-against average. Check out more in Jourdon LaBarber's game recap.

Video: LEHNER: Postgame Interview

With an assist on Ryan O'Reilly's goal 24 seconds into the game, Kyle Okposo extended his point streak to seven games. He also has points in seven straight for the first time since he tied his career-best mark of eight games (12/17/13-1/2/14).  

Video: O'REILLY: Postgame Interview

Matt Moulson also scored for Buffalo. It was his 12th of the season and 22nd point, which eclipsed his point total from all of last year.

Video: REINHART: Postgame Interview

Let's hear from Bailey on the postgame show when he joined Brian Duff and Brad May:

Video: Justin Bailey on the postgame show

For the Sabres it was a good bounce back game from a disappointing showing Sunday night against Vancouver. The players, however, know that if they don't build off this win then they'll be right back where they were - or further behind in the standings.

"We're not satisfied at all," O'Reilly said. "It's one game and we have to string a bunch together here. Our consistency has been terrible and we're not happy by any means here. We have to prove to each other every night that we're a team that can contend."

Video: BYLSMA: Postgame Interview

"Soul On Ice" screening tonight

In conjunction with Hockey Is For Everyone Month, a special screening of Soul On Ice: Past, Present & Future will be held at the Dipson Amherst Theatre tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and all proceeds will benefit Hasek's Heroes. 

Soul On Ice: Past, Present & Future touches on the many contributions black athletes have made to ice hockey. The film primarily follows Jaden Lindo, a young man working to make his goal of reaching the NHL a reality. Icons like Tony McKegney, Wayne Simmonds, Grant Fuhr and Don Cherry also sit down to offer in-depth interviews and personal insights.

After the screening, Mason will lead a panel discussion that will also include Sabres alumni Tony McKegney and Val James, both of whom are featured in the film.

The HIFE movement is designed to support non-profit youth hockey organizations committed to allowing children of all backgrounds to play hockey. 

For tickets, go to


Showdown names a champion

Last night, the Finals of Sabres Showdown between Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart aired during the broadcast. Who won? Check it out for yourself:

Video: Showdown: O'Reilly vs. Reinhart

All episodes can be found at

We have more than a few features mapped our for the rest of the season (including some new Beyond Blue & Gold episodes), so if you liked Showdown, you're in luck. Fun things ahead! 


On tap today

The Sabres are off today as they get set for a three-game homestand over the next four nights. That begins tomorrow with the Colorado Avalanche in town

It's a 7:30 p.m. start that can be seen on NBCSN. Dan and Rayzor will have the call on WGR 550.

Also today, we'll have a new edition of #Duffalo from Brian Duff. We know you can't wait for that.

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