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Sharpen Up: January 23, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Hey now, that was fun. Let's look back at some of the highlights from Saturday as Buffalo gets set to hit the road again today.

The Sabres are now winners in back-to-back games (both in overtime) after Zach Bogosian lifted Buffalo to a 3-2 victory on Saturday over Montreal. 

Here's what you need to know.


Let's start with some faces in the crowd

Yep, these people can't believe Robin Lehner made that save in overtime either. 

Let's watch it again.

Video: BUF@MTL: Lehner dives to make game-saving glove stop

And again.

Video: BUF@MTL: Lehner dives to make game-saving glove stop

Read the full game recap by clicking this link. Here's what Lehner had to say after his 36-save performance:

Video: LEHNER: Postgame Interview

Here are the other highlights:

Video: Bogosian, Lehner lead Sabres to thrilling 3-2 OT win

This is what everyone else had to say after the game:

Video: Zach Bogosian on the postgame show

Video: BYLSMA: Postgame Interview

Video: FRANSON: Postgame Interview 


Standings watch

Heading into tonight's slate of games, the Sabres are now five points out of a playoff spot. They're five back of Philadelphia (with two games in hand) for the second Wild Card spot. And they're also five points behind the Bruins for the third seed in the Atlantic Division (with four games in hand). 

They still have six or so teams to jump to hold that Wild Card berth, but they're in the race.

So what's happening in the East tonight?
The Rangers host Los Angeles (7 p.m.)
The Capitals host Carolina (7 p.m.)
And the Maple Leafs host Calgary (7:30 p.m.)


New Beyond Blue & Gold

Tyler Ennis was the focus of our latest episode. He, his parents and his friend Jared Spurgeon (of Minnesota Wild fame) sat down with our crew to talk about his difficult time recovering from a concussion sustained last season. 

If you missed it, here it is. It's an extended version of what was shown during Saturday's broadcast. 

Video: BBG: Ennis' Road Back


Jim D'Angelo: 2017 Duffett Award Winner

Amherst High School hockey coach Jim D'Angelo was honored prior to Friday's game with the J. Michael Duffett Award. The award is presented each year to the coach or administrator whose contributions to amateur hockey in Western New York "best exemplify the knowledge, teaching, love of the game and gentle humanity of Mike."

D'Angelo grew up playing hockey in the open air rinks of the Town of Tonawanda and he played high school hockey at Kenmore West and was a member of the first Canisius College club teams.

He's coached at Kenmore West, Canisius, Timon and Williamsville North, as well as with various house and tournament teams throughout the years. He has served on Amherst Youth Hockey board for 12 years.

"I wish to thank my family, especially my wife LuAnn, son Peter and daughter Molly and brother Fred for all their support," D'Angelo said. "Finally, I'd like to thank the Smith family, my best friend David, his brother Barry and their late father Bob for the opportunities and guidance they provided me throughout the years."

J. Michael Duffett was a student of the game and a coach with the Buffalo Bisons and the Amherst Hockey Association. A standout player at Nichols School and Clarkson University, Duffett was working in the Sabres hockey department under Scotty Bowman and Roger Neilson at the time of his death after a battle with cancer. In 1984, the Buffalo Sabres established the J. Michael Duffett Award in his memory.


On tap today

The Sabres return to practice today so we'll have a full Ice Level Practice Report for you today and a Sabres in :90 video report. Buffalo will then leave for Nashville as they open up a two-game road trip. After facing the Predators tomorrow, they'll head to Dallas for a game on Thursday. Then? It's All-Star Weekend and we'll have full coverage of that here at

Kris Baker will also have his weekly Sabres Prospects Report today as well to keep you fresh on how the players in junior, college and overseas are faring. 

What else is going on today? We'll be hosting a Road Crew party, presented by Delta Air Lines, in Nashville. To say our staff is looking forward to hanging out with all of you in Music City is an understatement. 

Our next Road Crew event will be in Denver on Feb. 24. Click here for details. 

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