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Sabres conclude season with loss in Tampa

Ullmark impresses; Nylander earns first NHL point

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TAMPA - It's been a busy season for Linus Ullmark. In his second pro season, he's skated more minutes than any other player in the American Hockey League (3,082:36), a campaign that earned him a nod as an AHL All-Star back in January. 

Sunday, too, was a busy day for Ullmark, who made his first NHL start in exactly one year as the Buffalo Sabres concluded their season on the road in Tampa. He faced 37 shots and let in three, the last of which Evander Kane succinctly described in the dressing room after the game.

"A bounce that kind of sums up our season," Kane said.

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Sabres admit to lack of intensity in loss to Panthers

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - In a loss that Robin Lehner, Brian Gionta and Dan Bylsma all admitted lacked a level of intensity from the Buffalo Sabres, perhaps it's no surprise that it was a line centered by a player making his NHL debut that Bylsma said stood out the most. 

Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals for the Panthers, Nick Bjugstad added another and James Reimer turned away all 30 of the shots that the Sabres threw at him in a 3-0 Florida win at BB&T Center, leaving a steady debut from West Seneca native Sean Malone as the lone silver lining for the Sabres. 

"We didn't come out to play today so I don't think it was competitive," Lehner said. "I think they came out to play and we didn't have much today unfortunately."

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Sabres conclude home schedule with win over Montreal

O'Reilly named Sabres MVP; Team releases statement on Okposo

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Even going back to their practice on Tuesday afternoon, Dan Bylsma could sense a difference in the mentality of his team. The Buffalo Sabres were coming off of back-to-back losses at home, and their self-assessment following those two games had been as critical as it was all season.

When they practiced on Tuesday, and before they took the ice for their final home game of the season against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, there was a feeling in the room that gave Bylsma the sense his team would have a better showing this time out. 

"One where we wanted to get back on the ice and kind of put it out there again for our team, for our fans," the coach elaborated. 

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Slow start costs Sabres in loss to Maple Leafs

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Inconsistency has been a problem all season long for the Buffalo Sabres, and it reared its head again against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Facing the same Maple Leafs team that they scored five goals against in an emotional win just nine days ago, the Sabres admitted they came out without the appropriate level of energy. It ended up costing them in a 4-2 loss.

"We just came out flat," Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. "We had no intensity to the game, no push-back at all. It's disappointing."

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Smith earns point in debut, but Sabres fall to Isles

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's an old cliché, but sometimes quality really is more important than quantity. That was certainly true on Sunday afternoon for the Buffalo Sabres, who out-chanced and outshot the New York Islanders at KeyBank Center only to fall by a score of 4-2. 

Ask Dan Bylsma, and he'll tell you that Joshua Ho-Sang's goal in the second period was a microcosm of the game. At one point in that period, shots were 15-1 in favor of the Sabres. Unfortunately for them, that one shot happened to be a breakaway for the Islanders' talented rookie.

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Sabres fall short against Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

COLUMBUS - Being a goalie himself, Anders Nilsson has no problem identifying a good night in net. All he could do on Tuesday was tip his hat to Sergei Bobrovsky. 

Bobrovsky, coming off of a shutout against Philadelphia in his last game, made 41 saves in an effort that proved to be the difference in a 3-1 victory for the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Buffalo Sabres at Nationwide Arena. 

"Honestly, I think we were the better team today," Nilsson said. "We deserved to win but Bobrovsky played great for them."

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Gionta scores winner for Sabres in 1000th NHL game

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Time seemed to drag on as Brian Gionta dragged across the net in the second period of the Buffalo Sabres' game against the Florida Panthers on Monday night. It was clear that Gionta, in alone, had a chance to score, but the window had begun to close as he drifted through the crease and away from the Florida goal.

We've seen Gionta score in that situation before, and this time he was able to bank the puck into the net off of Florida's Jason Demers. It was the perfect moment to highlight a memorable night for the Sabres captain, one that began with him being honored for his 1,000th NHL game with his family on the ice and ended with the Sabres celebrating a 4-2 victory.

Gionta became the third Sabre to score a goal in his 1,000th NHL game, following in the footsteps of Gilbert Perreault and Phil Russell.

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Sabres feed off of rivalry's energy in win over Leafs

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Being the longest-tenured member of the Buffalo Sabres, Tyler Ennis may be as well-equipped as anyone to discuss the team's rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs. It's one that exists in the stands as much as it does on the ice; Toronto fans travel down the QEW to cheer for their team, usually providing a back-and-forth that trickles down onto the ice.

That was as true as ever on Saturday night, with the Maple Leafs coming into town looking to protect their small playoff cushion and the Sabres seeking to play spoiler. Buffalo got the job done, winning 5-2, and a game that began with a mixed crowd cheering back and forth ended with a standing ovation from the Sabres fans with little blue and white left in the building to speak of. 

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Late goals sink Sabres in loss to Penguins

Ristolainen ejected; Lehner has another strong outing

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Even after having lost their most relied-upon defenseman early in the first period and then allowing a Sidney Crosby goal that will live on the highlight reel, the Buffalo Sabres still found themselves in a 1-1 tie with less than six minutes to play in their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. 

But, for as long as the game had remained competitive, it unraveled just as quickly. Nick Bonino picked the puck up off a broken play and scored to give Pittsburgh the lead with 5:29 remaining, and then an own-goal off the stick of Zemgus Girgensons capped the scoring in a 3-1 Penguins win. 

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Special teams power Buffalo in final game at The Joe

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

DETROIT - Two-for-two on the power play. Four-for-four on the penalty kill. That's what it took for the Buffalo Sabres to leave Joe Louis Arena for the last time with a victory. 

In their last game ever at The Joe, the Sabres received power-play goals from Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson to beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Monday.

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