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Skinner reaches 40-goal mark as Sabres end season with win in Detroit

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

DETROIT - It took him until the final period of the season, but Jeff Skinner etched his place in Sabres history during the team's 7-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday. 

Skinner scored twice to reach the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career, becoming the 11th player to reach the milestone in a Sabres uniform. The winger had downplayed the possibility in recent days, but his teammates were aware of the stakes.

His linemates, Evan Rodrigues and Kyle Okposo, said as much prior to the game.

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Dahlin reflects on rookie grind ahead of season finale in Detroit

Ullmark to start in net; Nylander remains sidelined

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

DETROIT - Rasmus Dahlin's rookie season has been filled with ups and downs, from the high of a 10-game winning streak in November to the low of going eight contests without a victory in March. 

For all its peaks and valleys, the rookie defenseman admitted it will be bittersweet when the Sabres wrap up their 2018-19 campaign against the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Little Caesars Arena. 

"It's sad. It's not what I expected," Dahlin said. "It's pretty different. The season is ending after today, I don't know what to do. Go back home to Sweden, meet my family. But not hanging out with the boys every day, it's going to be different."

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Pominville scores goal on emotional Fan Appreciation Night

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jason Pominville stood before the cameras, his eyes glistening as he fought back emotions and delivered a message to the people of Buffalo.

"Thank you for everything," he said. "I left probably in tears, came back with a smile. Who knows what's going to happen now?"

Pominville, an unrestricted free agent this summer, contemplated his past and future while driving to work on Thursday morning. He politely excused himself from his pregame interview, overwhelmed with emotion while considering the prospect of playing his last home game as a Sabre. 

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Housley disapproves of officiating following loss to Predators

Sabres see two calls go against them in 3-2 defeat

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Phil Housley did not mince words regarding the officiating in a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, a game that included two controversial calls against the Sabres.

The Sabres appeared to have tied the game, 2-2, early in the second period after Jack Eichel drove to the net and passed to Sam Reinhart, drawing a hooking call against Ryan Johansen in the process. Reinhart shot off the pad of goalie Pekka Rinne and Conor Sheary buried the rebound into an open net. 

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Sabres empathize with fans following loss to Blue Jackets

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jake McCabe was back in the lineup wearing an "A" for the Sabres on Sunday night, marking his return from a 13-game absence that stemmed from an upper-body injury. 

The result, a 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, was frustrating for everyone in the Sabres' dressing room. But McCabe said he was glad to be back, battling alongside his teammates. 

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Olofsson scores 1st NHL goal in loss to Islanders

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Facing a New York Islanders team looking to clinch a playoff berth in front of a raucous home crowd, the Sabres struggled right from the start in a 5-1 loss at NYCB Live on Saturday night. 

The loss extended their winless streak to six games.

"It started on the opening faceoff," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "We don't make a D-to-D pass on the tape and it comes right back after us. This game wasn't really about X's and O's. It was just about battles. The one-on-one battles, they were heavier. 

"They're a bigger team, that's why they're in the playoffs and in the position we're in. We couldn't get pins in the defensive zone, we spent way too much time in the defensive zone and when we had an opportunity to make a play, we didn't make a play."

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Olofsson helps spark comeback, but Sabres fall to Red Wings in OT

Eichel, Mittelstadt score to erase 3rd-period deficit

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Victor Olofsson summed up his first NHL game as a bit of a mixed bag. There was plenty of good to build off, some negatives to learn from, and a crossbar that robbed him of his first career goal in the third period.

Olofsson fed Jack Eichel on a breakaway to earn his fist NHL point, tying Buffalo's game against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday with 4:18 remaining in regulation. He also shot wide of the net in overtime, leading to the rush on which Tyler Bertuzzi scored the winning goal in a 5-4 Red Wings victory.

"I feel all right," he said afterward. "It was a lot of fun to play. Some good things out there, I think, and some less good things I have to work on. Overall, I feel like it was a pretty good game."

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Sabres shut out by Senators in Borgen's NHL debut

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

OTTAWA - With only six games remaining and a fourth straight loss in the books, Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo called for more accountability in the Sabres' dressing room following their game against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. 

The Sabres outshot the Senators, 35-31, but felt they deviated from the things they had done well in New Jersey on Monday. The result was a 4-0 loss. 

"We've got to all be accountable," Eichel said. "We've got to hold each other accountable. It's critical mistakes that we make every night. That's it. … This is the National Hockey League. You've got to be better. Everyone. Myself, everybody. Everybody has to be better.

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Overturned goal costs Sabres in loss to Devils

Reinhart has 2nd goal taken back for goalie interference

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

NEWARK, N.J. - Evan Rodrigues fought for positioning in front of the net with defenseman Andy Greene while Jeff Skinner shot from above the left faceoff circle, creating a rebound that bounced toward Sam Reinhart as he stared down an open cage.

Reinhart collected the puck and buried it behind New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider. It would have been his second goal of the night and tied the game at two goals apiece with 6:24 remaining in the contest, if not for a challenge for goalie interference. 

Instead, the call on the ice was overturned and the play went down as a crucial moment in a 3-1 Sabres loss at Prudential Center on Monday.

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Sabres fall to Leafs despite strong outing from Hutton

Goalie makes 42 saves in 4-2 defeat

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Carter Hutton couldn't help but admit his frustration, having just taken a loss for a game in which he might have been the best player on the ice. 

Hutton stopped all but three shots in a 42-save performance, but the Sabres were unable to make up for a lack of offensive zone time in a 4-2 loss at KeyBank Center on Wednesday. The Sabres were outshot 46-24 and allowed a combined 38 shots in the first two periods. 

"I wish I could put it into words," Hutton said afterward. "It's obviously frustrating. A lot of us wear it on our sleeve here. We put so much into this. I put my heart and soul out there. It's frustrating, you want to win.

"You want to contend and help this team get in the playoffs, and obviously right now we're not doing that. So, it's frustrating."

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