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Reinhart tallies 2 points in preseason debut vs. Leafs

Dahlin experiences growing pains; Hutton shows puck-moving skills

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Watching Sam Reinhart set a perfectly-timed screen on Saturday night, it was as if he hadn't missed a beat during his week away from training camp. 

While the Buffalo Sabres did find areas to improve in their 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Reinhart was excellent in his preseason debut. He notched two assists, tallied a team-high six shots and set the screen that led to a power-play goal from Kyle Okposo in the first period. 

"I thought he was one of our best forwards," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "He looked very comfortable, he fit right in. He was on the puck, he was making plays. He was trying to make a difference tonight."

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Sabres respond to slow start, but fall short in Toronto

Young lineup looks to take lessons from loss to Leafs

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TORONTO - Linus Ullmark offered the most succinct description of the way the Buffalo Sabres began their game at Scotiabank Arena on Friday night. 

"We were off to a really good start," the goaltender said. "And then it turned into a bad start."

Andrew Oglevie opened the scoring for the Sabres thirty seconds into the contest, only to see the Toronto Maple Leafs answer with a barrage of three goals over the next 3:11. The end result was a 5-3 loss, but when it was all said and done the Sabres' response stood out more than the start itself.

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Dahlin makes debut in preseason win over Penguins

McCabe gets on the board; Eichel scores shorthanded

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Rasmus Dahlin insists he felt nervous at the start of his first preseason game in the NHL, even if it wasn't apparent to those in attendance at KeyBank Center. By the end of the contest, the rookie defenseman had done enough that nerves were likely the last thing on spectators' minds.

Dahlin finished with a game-high six shot attempts, including four shots on goal, in 21:32 as the Sabres withstood a late push by the Pittsburgh Penguins to earn a 3-2 win on Tuesday night. 

Vladimir Sobotka, Jake McCabe and Jack Eichel scored goals for the Sabres, while Carter Hutton stopped all 14 of the shots he faced in two periods of action. Dahlin was on the ice for two of the Buffalo goals, his growing confidence apparent as the night progressed.

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Nylander continues to impress as Sabres win preseason opener

Forward tallies 2 assists in 4-1 victory

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

COLUMBUS - Patrik Berglund has been around for 10 NHL seasons, appeared in 754 games and scored 348 points between the regular season and playoffs. With all that experience, even he was impressed with the pass his rookie linemate made to set up his first goal of the preseason on Monday.

The rookie in question was Alexander Nylander, who fed Berglund for the first of his two assists in the Sabres' 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their preseason opener. Berglund had said earlier in the morning that he was still getting to know his young teammate. He learned a lot in their first game together. 

"If I was Nylander, I would never try to pass that puck because I could never make that play," Berglund said. "It was a great play by him."

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Sabres' comeback effort runs out of time in Florida

Wilcox makes his debut; O'Reilly breaks faceoff record

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

SUNRISE, Fla. -  Once the final horn sounded and the Buffalo Sabres' season had come to its end, the contrasting images in the visiting dressing room at BB&T Center on Saturday told the story of another campaign gone too soon and what lies ahead.

Adam Wilcox stood at one stall, smiling after stopping all 17 of the shots he faced in his NHL debut. Wilcox is one of eight current Sabres who are now eligible to return to the Rochester Americans for their Calder Cup Playoff run, a promising sign for the organization's future. 

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Mittelstadt, Nylander net 1st NHL goals in loss to Lightning

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TAMPA - Phil Housley spoke Friday morning about the kind of impression a trip to Amalie Arena might make on Casey Mittelstadt and Alex Nylander. As it turned out, the two young forwards managed to make quite an impression themselves.

Mittelstadt and Nylander both scored their first NHL goals within the first seven minutes of the Buffalo Sabres' 7-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, a game in which the Sabres erased deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 4-2 before ultimately falling on a pair of third-period goals.

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Sabres fall to Senators on Fan Appreciation Night

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Ryan O'Reilly scored a mere 30 seconds into the tilt between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators on Monday, and for a moment it seemed like it might be a KeyBank Center finale to remember. Instead, the game turned out to be a microcosm of what's been a disappointing season on home ice.

The Senators responded with two goals of their own withing six minutes of O'Reilly scoring, from Max McCormick and Matt Duchene. Ryan Dzingel added another early in the third, giving Ottawa a lead it would never relinquish in a 4-2 loss for the Sabres.  

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Second-period mistakes cost Sabres in loss to Leafs

Guhle out with upper-body injury; Reinhart hits new career-highs

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TORONTO - Sam Reinhart set new career-highs for goals and points in a season with a power-play marker early in the second period, but turnovers and defensive lapses proved costly for the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Monday. 

The Maple Leafs scored three goals in the span of 5:31 - two from William Nylander and one from Auston Matthews - following Reinhart's goal, which had tied the game at one goal apiece. Nylander and Matthews finished the game with three points each, having both tallied two goals and an assist. 

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Sabres rally after Antipin's injury to earn win in Nashville

Reinhart notches hat trick; Eichel tallies 5 assists

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

NASHVILLE - For a long stretch of the second period on Saturday night, a building with the reputation of being one of the NHL's loudest stood silent. Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin laid face down on the ice near the end boards, where he was tended to by trainers until being carted off on a stretcher. 

Antipin was injured on a hit from behind by Nashville Predators forward Scott Hartnell, who received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct. Sabres coach Phil Housley said after the game that the defenseman was hospitalized but doing well. 

With their teammate down, the Sabres responded with three goals on the ensuing power play - two from Sam Reinhart and one from Kyle Okposo - turning a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead in an eventual 7-4 win over the league's best team at Bridgestone Arena. 

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Sabres squander early momentum in loss to Red Wings

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Between the excitement surrounding Casey Mittelstadt's debut and the quick two-goal lead for the home team, there was a palpable energy at KeyBank Center in the early going of the Buffalo Sabres' game against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. 

One mistake led to another, however, and eventually a series of miscues by the Sabres piled up into a 6-3 loss. 

The Sabres led 2-0 by the 7:11 mark of the first period on the strength of goals from Jack Eichel and Ryan O'Reilly. The lead was short-lived, as Dylan Larkin scored to put the Red Wings on the board just 30 seconds later. 

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