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DUFFER: Looking ahead to Game 3 in Toronto

Brian Duff shares his expectations for the Amerks' lineup on Wednesday

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

2-0.

The worst lead in hockey, right?

The Amerks might tend to agree based on how Easter Sunday at Blue Cross Arena quickly unraveled against the Marlies, leading to a 3-2 loss in overtime and the 2-0 series deficit they currently face.

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Amerks hope to stay alive in 1st-round series against Toronto

Fans in the Buffalo and Rochester markets can watch Game 3 on MSG

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Amerks look to stave off elimination as the best-of-five series shifts north of the border on Wednesday for Game 3 of the North Division Semifinals at Coca-Cola Coliseum. 

Opening puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be heard live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV. MSG Network will also carry Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment's live broadcast of the matchup in Toronto with coverage available in both the Rochester and Buffalo markets.

 

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Bogosian undergoes successful hip surgery

Estimated recovery time is 5 to 6 months

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Zach Bogosian has undergone successful hip surgery, the Sabres announced Tuesday morning. The procedure has an estimated recovery time of five to six months.

Bogosian previously had hip surgery in February 2018 and returned to play 65 games this past season, his highest total since 2011-12. He missed the last seven contests, however, and said that surgery was on the table during his interview on locker cleanout day. 

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Sharpen Up: April 22, 2019

What you need to know to start your week

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

What's new this week? Some accolades for Jack Eichel and an Amerks update as the Rochester Americans look to avoid a first-round series sweep.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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DUFFER: Looking ahead to Game 2 for the Amerks

Rochester hopes to even the series against Toronto on Sunday

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

There's only one way to look for the Rochester Americans and that's straight ahead into Sunday's Game 2 at Blue Cross Arena against the Toronto Marlies.

Toronto won Game 1 by a 4-1 score Friday night. Tage Thompson picked up the lone goal for the Amerks.

By the letter, here are where improvements can be made in their attempt to even the series:

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DUFFER: 5 Amerks to keep an eye on

Important pieces for the Rochester Americans this spring and for the Buffalo Sabres moving forward

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

The Rochester Americans open up their first-round Calder Cup Playoff series against the Toronto Marlies on Friday at Blue Cross Arena

The Amerks roster features many interesting names - including Defenseman of the Year Zach Redmond and 30-goal scorer Victor Olofsson - so here are five players I'll be watching closely during the postseason who could make a big impact. 

 

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Eichel to play for Team USA at World Championship

Sabres captain was one of 17 players named to preliminary roster

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jack Eichel will represent the United States at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia next month, USA Hockey announced Thursday.

Eichel was one of 17 players included on Team USA's preliminary roster. South Buffalo native Patrick Kane will captain the team, while former Sabres captain Chris Drury is serving as general manager. 

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Eichel selected as Sabres' nominee for King Clancy Trophy

Award is given to player who "exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice"

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jack Eichel has been selected as the Sabres' nominee for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced Wednesday. 

The trophy is awarded annually to the player who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." Rob Ray won the award in 1999 for his work with Roswell Park and Children's Hospital, among other organizations. 

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Amerks' Round 1 series against Toronto begins Friday

Sabres.com's weekly Amerks Update

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Rochester Americans will face the defending Calder Cup champion Toronto Marlies in the first round of the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs. The Amerks begin the postseason on home ice for Games 1, presented by Nissan, and 2 of the best-of-five opening round series on Friday, April 19 and Sunday, April 21 at Blue Cross Arena. Rochester will also host a decisive Game 5, if necessary, on Sunday, April 28.

The opening round series will mark the third meeting in the postseason between the two teams since 2012.

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Sabres alum Leopold helped wish come true at Frozen Four

Alex Tingay, 18, had his wish granted following fight with Hodgkin's lymphoma

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Alex Tingay was in denial he when he received his diagnosis. 

It began with a bump on his neck, which he initially assumed was nothing more than a cyst. As summertime turned to Christmastime and the bump grew larger, his parents took him to his doctor for an ultrasound, which yielded a visit to a specialist for further testing.

The prognosis: Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. 

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