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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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Nilsson, Sabres win 10-round shootout in Anaheim

Eichel, O'Reilly play as linemates; Fedun leaves with injury

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

ANAHEIM - Dan Bylsma said he had eight names written down on his coach's card in the event of a shootout on Friday. On most nights, eight names would be enough. 

Friday was not most nights. 

Rasmus Ristolainen scored on the ninth attempt of the shootout to keep the game alive and Zemgus Girgensons netted the winner one shot later to clinch a 2-1 victory for the Buffalo Sabres over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. 

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Sabres set out to prove themselves over final stretch

Falk, Bailey miss practice due to injury

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

LOS ANGELES - In the last two games alone, the Buffalo Sabres have showed both the type of play that has allowed them to compete with any team in the League at times this season (in the last two periods against Columbus on Saturday) and also the type of play that has prevented them from establishing any sort of consistency (in San Jose on Tuesday).

With 12 games remaining on their schedule, the aim for the Sabres going forward after a practice in El Segundo, Calif. on Wednesday is proving to themselves that they can play the way they did against Columbus day in and day out.

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Sabres say puck management to blame in loss to Sharks

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

SAN JOSE - If you only watched the goals from the game between the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, you might chalk up Buffalo's 4-1 loss to a couple of bad bounces. The Sharks took the lead on an own goal by Buffalo's leading scorer, after all, and got another off an odd tip over Sabres goalie Robin Lehner.

But the story of the game wasn't as much the manner with which the goals were scored as much as it was the way the Sharks outplayed the Sabres, thus creating more opportunities to earn those breaks. San Jose took 41 shots, including 36 in the first two periods, as opposed to Buffalo's 23. 

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Sabres storm back from 3-goal deficit to beat Jackets

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Dan Bylsma couldn't help but think back to Nashville. It wasn't even two weeks ago that the Buffalo Sabres, still within close proximity of a playoff berth, led the Predators 4-2 on home ice only to fall in overtime. They'd lost all but one of their games since, leading up to the moment they walked into the dressing room trailing 3-0 after the first period against Columbus on Saturday night.

Even more so than the goals themselves, Bylsma had been disappointed with his team's attachment to Saturday's game in the first 20 minutes, particularly after having just barely lost the same team one night prior. So, with that Nashville game on his mind, the coach made an appeal to his players. 

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Sabres battle hard, but come up short in Columbus

Gorges nets first goal; Eichel's streak ends

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

COLUMBUS - For the first time in their last few games, the Buffalo Sabres were able to come away from their matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night feeling like they did more things well than not against a talented opponent. That feeling only made the outcome more difficult. 

The Sabres got to Sergei Bobrovsky early and erased two deficits in the game, only to fall 4-3 on Boone Jenner's winning goal with 5:07 remaining in regulation. The loss was the eighth in nine games for Buffalo.

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