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Mistakes spoil otherwise strong effort in loss to Canucks

Sabres earn 39-23 edge in shots but fall 4-3

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

VANCOUVER - For all the good they exhibited for 60 minutes inside Rogers Arena on Friday night, the Buffalo Sabres were able to point to a few key moments as the determining factors in a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. 

The simple, resilient identity that earned the Sabres an overtime win in Calgary on Wednesday was present throughout the night and showed in their 39-23 shot advantage. But like their loss in Edmonton on Monday, the few mistakes they did make proved costly. 

"That's kind of the way it's gone the last week, week and a half," alternate captain Kyle Okposo said. "We have to do a better job limiting our mistakes. I thought we played a really good game tonight and the mistakes cost us. You've got to do your job away from the puck."

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Sabres look to enter break on a winning note in Vancouver

Ullmark to start in net; Skinner will be game-time decision

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

VANCOUVER - With a nine-day break ahead of them, the Buffalo Sabres have a chance to enter their bye week on a winning note when they visit the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena.  

The Sabres have split the first two contests of their three-game swing through Western Canada, which they opened with a loss in Edmonton on Monday before rebounding with an overtime victory in Calgary on Wednesday. A win tonight would bring their points percentage on the road back above .500. 

Kyle Okposo said they'll be looking to employ the same mentality they had against the Flames, when they erased a third-period deficit against the top team in the Western Conference.

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Bryson, Fitzgerald named to Hobey Baker Award ballot

Also: Murray's point streak extends to 14 games

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Two Sabres prospects are on the initial ballot for the Hobey Baker Award.

Defensemen Jacob Bryson of Providence and Casey Fitzgerald of Boston College are among 83 collegiate players that fans can vote for through March 10. Cast your vote and check out the full list here.

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Sharpen Up: January 18, 2019

Here's what you need to know ahead of the final game before the bye week

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres will take on the Vancouver Cancuks tonight at Rogers Arena to close out the three-game road trip. It's also the last game before the bye week that will lead into All-Star Weekend. 

Faceoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. on MSG and WGR 550. Join us for the GMC Game Night pregame show starting at 9:30 on MSG. 

Here's what you need to know. 

 

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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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