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'That's Sabres Hockey': Hard-working trio gets rewarded in SO win

Girgensons, Larsson, and Okposo helped create two goals in Buffalo's 3-2 win over Florida

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Linus Ullmark watched from the opposite end of the ice as the trio of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, and Kyle Okposo went to work for long stretches in the offensive zone throughout the Sabres' meeting with the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center on Friday. 

What was the goalie thinking during those moments of rest?

"That's Sabres hockey right there," Ullmark said. "I love it."

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Eichel tallies 4 points, Johansson scores OT winner vs. Habs

Sabres improve to 3-0-1

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

With a back-and-forth game in the balance and the Sabres set to start overtime with an extra man, Ralph Krueger turned to his veterans. 

The Sabres had 1:25 remaining on their fifth power play of the night when they took the ice for overtime against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Krueger sent out a left shot in Marcus Johansson, plus three righties in Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and Colin Miller. 

The power play had just expired when Miller caught a rebound to left of the net and sent a pass through the middle to Johansson, who buried a one-timer for his second goal with the Sabres. 

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Sabres battle through adversity to earn road point in Columbus

Ullmark makes 40 saves in overtime loss

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

COLUMBUS - It took three games, but the Sabres finally got their first taste of adversity. 

After not trailing at all in a pair of season-opening wins, the Sabres trailed the Columbus Blue Jackets twice inside Nationwide Arena on Monday. They erased a two-goal deficit in the second period and forced overtime after going down by one in the third. 

Alexandre Texier ultimately capitalized on a defensive-zone turnover in overtime to hand the Sabres their first loss of the season, 4-3. Despite the outcome, Marcus Johansson saw a silver lining in the way his team grinded out a road point on an otherwise off night.

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'It gives you goosebumps': Current players, alums react to memorable win

Eichel leads Sabres to 7-2 victory with former captains in attendance

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Jack Eichel waited anxiously on the bench as the Zamboni made its way across the KeyBank Center ice early Saturday evening. It was a three-minute wait between the ceremonial and actual puck drop that must have felt like an eternity, given the performance Eichel and his Sabres teammates had in store for their hometown fans.

In the 48 hours between the team's season-opening victory in Pittsburgh and their home opener against New Jersey, Eichel had spoken at length regarding his excitement towards introducing the new brand of Sabres hockey to the KeyBank Center crowd. 

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Sheary scores twice to lead Sabres to season-opening victory

Buffalo outshoots Pittsburgh 41-29 in 3-1 win

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

PITTSBURGH - The Buffalo Sabres opened their inaugural season 50 years ago with a win in Pittsburgh. 

On Thursday, in the first game of their Golden Season, the Sabres skated away with a 3-1 victory over the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. 

Conor Sheary scored twice, Rasmus Dahlin added another, and Carter Hutton made 28 saves in net as the team earned their first victory of the year. It was also Buffalo's first regulation win against Pittsburgh since April 23, 2013. 

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At the Horn: Sabres 3 - Penguins 1

Sheary scores twice to lead Buffalo to victory in Krueger's debut

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

The Sabres' first game under coach Ralph Krueger came as advertised. 

Buffalo stuck to the aggressive, connected game plan their new coach instilled throughout the preseason and earned a 3-1 win in their season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday night. 

Conor Sheary scored twice for the Sabres, giving him four goals and two assists in four games against his former team. Rasmus Dahlin also scored, while Casey Mittelstadt tallied a pair of helpers. 

Evgeni Malkin scored the only goal for the Penguins against Carter Hutton, who made 28 saves. 

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'Dangerous' Olofsson scores twice in preseason win over Leafs

Reinhart tallies 3 points; Ristolainen makes preseason debut

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Should Victor Olofsson ever get his own action movie, we officially have a title. 

The moniker came courtesy of Sabres coach Ralph Krueger following a 5-3 preseason win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday in which Olofsson tallied two goals, including the winner with 2:36 remaining in regulation. 

"Victor is just permanently dangerous," Krueger said. "He's a shooter, which we saw twice today. In practice we've been watching it. We've seen it in the other games already. He's a threat all the time." 

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Sabres look to build on positives after preseason loss in Columbus

McCabe scores and Ullmark makes 18 saves

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Phase 1 of Buffalo Sabres training camp is in the books.

Earlier in the day, before the Sabres flew out to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets in their second preseason game of 2019-20, head coach Ralph Krueger said he and general manager Jason Botterill will be evaluating the group after every two preseason games. 

With Buffalo's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, the players will enter an off-day while the hockey department staff will begin discussions about how to best proceed with training camp.  

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With NHL spots available, players will look to build off prospect games

Prospects made strong impression on Botterill, Krueger

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

With only one day of practice and little time to install systems, Rochester Americans coach Chris Taylor outlined Thursday what would constitute as a successful Prospects Challenge for his young Sabres: displaying work ethic on every single shift. 

While Taylor led the Sabres behind the bench through the three exhibition games, Sabres coach Ralph Krueger and general manager Jason Botterill watched closely from the stands. Both came away impressed with the level of competition they witnessed. 

"It was impressive how much compete there was and the will to win was there right off the bat," Krueger said following the Sabres' 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday afternoon. "Even today with a bit of a rough start, they fought their way back into this one.

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Veteran prospects make early statement in win over Devils

Olofsson, Borgen among tone-setters in Prospects Challenge victory

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Chris Taylor issued a challenge for the veterans on Buffalo's Prospect Challenge roster to stand out during the three-game series, particularly those who had a season of experience with him in Rochester already on their resumes. 

To a man, that challenge was met head-on throughout the Sabres' 6-4 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Victor Olofsson led the way with three points (1+2), Andrew Oglevie tallied a goal an assist, and Rasmus Asplund contributed a pair of helpers, one of which set up a goal from William Borgen. 

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