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Sabres acquire forward Leier

Forward has recorded 19 points in 34 AHL games with Lehigh Valley

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forward Taylor Leier from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Justin Bailey.

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Sabres restored confidence ahead of win in Calgary

Team meeting, practice led to resilient effort vs. Flames

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

VANCOUVER - Following their overtime win in Calgary on Wednesday night, Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues described the atmosphere on the Buffalo Sabres' bench in a manner that was reminiscent of their early-season, never-quit attitude. 

Two nights earlier, the Sabres felt they were emotionally deflated by goals against in a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. They used the time between those two games to restore confidence, and it paid off in a winning effort. 

"We had a great practice," Jason Pominville said. "We had a really, really good meeting. We had a meeting after, the boys talked. I think you can't just sit there and feel sorry for yourself and dwell on losing a game, whether you lost it 7-2 or 2-1. A loss is a loss and you've got to move forward. 

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Buffalo Sabres Alumni Wine Festival returns March 19

In 15th year, event expected to reach $1 million mark in funds raised

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association will host the 15th annual Buffalo Sabres Alumni Wine Festival on Tuesday, March 19 at KeyBank Center from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The event, co-sponsored by KeyBank, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and John W. Danforth, will feature wineries and restaurants from Buffalo, Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

As the event moves into its 15th year, it is expected to reach the $1 million mark in funds raised to benefit breast cancer care in Western New York. Most notably, the Sabres Alumni Wine Festival has supported the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Hope Chest Dragon Boats, a Mobile Mammography Unit and mammography machines for many Western New York hospitals.

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Alumni Spotlight: Mike Grier

Current Devils assistant coach looks back at his playoff years with the Sabres

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

Mike Grier was a reliable right winger for the Sabres over his two stints with the team from 2004-2006 and 2009-2011. He played in a total of 272 regular-season and playoff games with Buffalo.

Now an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils, he gave Sabres.com a few minutes of his time last week when he was in town before their game against the Sabres.

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Sharpen Up: January 17, 2019

Here's what you need to know on Thursday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

What a finish. Jack Eichel's overtime goal gave Buffalo a 4-3 win in Calgary last night. 

The Sabres are set to return to practice today in Vancouver. They have a game against the Canucks tomorrow night to wrap up the three-game road trip. 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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'Typical Eichs': Eichel's OT goal clinches win in Calgary

Dahlin makes history; Rodrigues nets another

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CALGARY - Jack Eichel looked as though he might play the full five minutes in overtime, if that's what it took. 

The Sabres captain had missed on a pair of point-blank chances in the first period and rung the crossbar with a backhand shot in overtime when he gathered the puck in the neutral zone at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday, already a minute into a long shift.

Eichel faked a drop pass as if he was about to head to the bench, then began to glide toward the Calgary zone. He knew Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was at the end of his own long shift. When Giordano lunged to try and poke the puck away, he pounced. 

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Dahlin, Sabres look ahead to tough test in Calgary

Ullmark gets the nod in net against high-powered Flames

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CALGARY - Rasmus Dahlin received plenty of praise for his performance against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night, but the rookie defenseman said the bottom line - a 7-2 loss - overshadowed any thought of personal success. 

"When the team plays like that, you don't think about your game that much," he said. "I mean, we started off good. I started off good. But it was not a good game so I can't say I played a good game."

Dahlin and the Sabres will look to right the ship tonight when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames lead the Western Conference with 64 points this season and rank second in the NHL with an average of 3.68 goals per game. They're 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, coming off a 7-1 win over Arizona. 

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Sharpen Up: January 16, 2019

Here's what you need to know before Buffalo takes on Calgary tonight

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres and Flames go at it tonight in Calgary. Stay up late with us starting with the GMC Game Night pregame show on MSG at 9 p.m. Dan and Rayzor will have the call on MSG and WGR 550 at 9:30. 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Sabres get back to work, expect 'emotional response' in Calgary

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CALGARY - Coming into the season, the Sabres used honest conversation as a means toward rebounding from a last-place finish. They diagnosed what needed to change, opened the floor for players to speak and focused on learning to ride the waves of an 82-game season. 

They had that experience to lean on when they came to work at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday, where they broke down what went wrong in a 7-2 loss in Edmonton the night prior.

"I think it's just more of being honest with each other," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "Obviously, we didn't like the way we played. To move forward, sometimes you've got to take a step back and look at what's going on. 

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Smith takes over Amerks scoring lead with hat trick against Marlies

Janik, Langdon to be inducted into Amerks Hall of Fame on Feb. 8

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Amerks come into the week sitting atop the AHL's North Division standings with a narrow two-point lead, having earned 10 out of a possible 16 points in their last eight contests. 

Among all AHL teams, only the Charlotte Checkers have more wins (28) than the Amerks (23), who are second overall in the Eastern Conference with a .632 points percentage at the halfway point of the 2018-19 season.

 

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