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Sabres focus on big picture after 5-1 loss to Chicago

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

One of the keys that was preached within the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room during a stretch of four wins in five games entering Sunday was the ability to forget. They didn't ride the highs of their victories; they simply took the wins for what they were and looked ahead to the next opponent.  

The same goes for the losses, and the Sabres will have a whole five days to forget about their 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday evening. Buffalo begins its bye week on Monday and won't play again until their game in Colorado on Saturday.

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Kane, Baptiste tally 2 points each in win over Blues

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

If the season-long struggles of the Colorado Avalanche made the win on Thursday for the Buffalo Sabres any less convincing, then their test against a St. Louis team that rode a six-game winning streak into town on Saturday afternoon was an opportunity for Buffalo to really show what it's made of. 

The Sabres overcame a slow first few minutes and then thrived in two areas that have been their Achilles heels all season - the second period and the penalty kill - to grind out a 3-2 victory over the Blues, extending their own winning streak to three games. 

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Sabres turn in complete effort in shutout win vs. Avs

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When the Buffalo Sabres entered the dressing room for the second intermission at KeyBank Center on Thursday night, they knew that, in a way, the Colorado Avalanche was right where it wanted to be. 

Buffalo had controlled the play against last-place Colorado for most of the first 40 minutes, and yet it had only materialized into a 1-0 lead. As Evander Kane explained it afterward, the Sabres figured a struggling team like the Avalanche would be glad to have hung around with a chance to pounce in the third period.

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Bailey's winner caps comeback win over Ottawa

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

OTTAWA - In a way, the Ottawa Senators might have been the perfect opponent for the Buffalo Sabres to face on Tuesday night. Not only did Buffalo enter the game with a 3-0-1 record against their divisional opponent this season, Sam Reinhart made a point after the game about how Ottawa's aggressiveness forces the Sabres out of their own bad habits. 

"I think they're so aggressive all over the ice, it kind of forces us to be smart," Reinhart said. "It forces us to kind of put it behind them. I think we can get more consistent at it against other teams because it's been giving us success."

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Lehner calls out 'disrespectful' play following loss

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

In the month of February, losing games after a win has become a pattern for the Sabres. They have not lost two in row; nor have they won two in a row. That trend continued in their 4-2 loss to Vancouver on Sunday, a missed opportunity to inch within three points of a playoff spot. 

It's that type of inconsistency that has this young Sabres squad once again at .500, a mark they've floated around all season. Veterans on the team have expressed disappointment throughout the seasons in Buffalo's inability to play within their game plan for a full 60 minutes, but that disappointment hit another gear when Kyle Okposo and Robin Lehner spoke after the game on Sunday. 

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Kane, Eichel lead Sabres to crucial win in Toronto

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TORONTO - Sitting at his stall in the visiting room at Air Canada Centre, Jack Eichel saw no reason to focus on negatives. Not after the Sabres had come away with a 3-1 win over division rival Toronto - making up vital ground in the standings in the process - and doing it on the road no less.

Too often this season Buffalo has had to lament coming up short in these types of games, missing opportunities to gain ground on teams in a tight Eastern Conference. On this night, they quickly answered the bell, scoring all three of their goals in the first period. Eichel earned an assist on each one, while Evander Kane scored twice to continue his pace as one of the League's hottest scorers (more on that later).

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Sabres fall to Ducks following lopsided 3rd period

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When Corey Perry scored his second goal of the game to give the Anaheim Ducks a 4-1 lead over the Buffalo Sabres with 9:49 left to play at KeyBank Center on Thursday night, it was impossible not to think of Buffalo's comeback from the same deficit over San Jose on Tuesday. The timing, the score, the Pacific Division opponent - it all felt familiar.

But three-goal comebacks are a lot to ask for, even from a team that's seemed to make a habit of erasing deficits this season. The Sabres didn't respond to Perry's goal until Rasmus Ristolainen scored with 1:38 remaining, and Andrew Cogliano scored 42 seconds later into an empty net to cap a 5-2 win for the Ducks.

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Kane's 2nd of the night caps thrilling comeback win

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Never, ever count the Buffalo Sabres out of a game in their own building. 

If the Sabres hadn't proved that on Dec. 1, or Dec. 6, or on Jan. 7, they certainly proved it in their 5-4 win over the San Jose Sharks at KeyBank Center on Tuesday night. Buffalo rallied back from a 4-1 deficit midway through third period on the strength of consecutive goals from Ryan O'Reilly, Evander Kane and Kyle Okposo just 3:28 apart. 

At that point, all that was left was winning the game in overtime, which they accomplished when Jack Eichel fed Kane for his second goal of the night on a 2-on-1 rush just 1:05 into the extra period.

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Sabres struggle to generate offense in loss to Devils

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

NEWARK, N.J. - For the third time this season, a meeting between the Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils on Monday night represented an opportunity for the Sabres to shrink a tight gap between the two teams in the standings. And, for the third time, it was the Devils who came out on top.  

You can point to a number of factors when trying to explain Buffalo's 2-1 loss at Prudential Center. You can question whether or not Evander Kane deserved a double-minor when he stuck up for Zemgus Girgensons in the second period, a penalty that led to New Jersey's first goal, or you can question whether or not a third-period coach's challenge for goalie interference should've gone in Buffalo's favor. You can wonder whether the Sabres deserved more than one power play on a night the Devils had four.

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Lehner makes 37 saves in shutout win over Sens

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Robin Lehner insists he holds no grudge against the Ottawa Senators. It's now been a season and a half since he was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres from his original organization in exchange for a first-round pick, and while he still has friends on the other side, he says he's left that trade in the past. 

Still, Dan Bylsma has spoken before about the twinkle he sees in his goaltender's eyes when he suits up against his former team. Lehner's brought his best in games against Ottawa, and he did so again in a 37-save, 4-0 shutout of the Senators at KeyBank Center on Saturday night.

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