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'Typical Eichs': Eichel's OT goal clinches win in Calgary

Dahlin makes history; Rodrigues nets another

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

CALGARY - Jack Eichel looked as though he might play the full five minutes in overtime, if that's what it took. 

The Sabres captain had missed on a pair of point-blank chances in the first period and rung the crossbar with a backhand shot in overtime when he gathered the puck in the neutral zone at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday, already a minute into a long shift.

Eichel faked a drop pass as if he was about to head to the bench, then began to glide toward the Calgary zone. He knew Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was at the end of his own long shift. When Giordano lunged to try and poke the puck away, he pounced. 

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Sabres look to move forward following loss to Oilers

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

EDMONTON - In the moments following a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres were already looking forward. 

The Oilers' seven goals were the most allowed by the Sabres in single game this season, the result of costly mistakes that piled up throughout the night. Eichel and his teammates acknowledged the areas in need of improvement while also stressing the importance of remaining even-keeled.

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Late mistakes prove costly in loss to Lightning

Sabres let third-period lead slip away in 5-3 loss

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Jack Eichel was left to weigh the good with the bad at his stall in the KeyBank Center dressing room on Saturday, in the aftermath of one that got away.

The Sabres stood toe-to-toe with the Tampa Bay Lightning for 50-plus minutes, tied 3-3 when Mikhail Sergachev was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking with 6:33 remaining. Eichel was called for elbowing behind the Tampa net 13 seconds into the Buffalo power play, and the game unfolded from there.

Steven Stamkos scored the winner during four-on-four play with 5:16 remaining, Lawrence Pilut was called for holding two minutes later and Ryan Callahan added another goal on the ensuing power play, sealing a 5-3 win for the Lightning. 

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Skinner scores 30th but Sabres' late rally falls short against Hurricanes

Buffalo forward becomes 6th fastest player in franchise history to reach milestone

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - Some nights, the bounces just don't go your way.

The Buffalo Sabres fell to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Friday at PNC Arena with three of the four goals against going in off Sabres defensemen. 

Buffalo made a late push in the third period, and got within one - on a goal that went off a Hurricanes player, oddly enough - but were unable to get the tying goal past Curtis McElhinney. 

The result spoiled Jeff Skinner's return to Carolina. The Sabres forward, who acquired by Buffalo in an offseason trade with the Hurricanes, scored his 30th goal of the season.

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Pilut, Smith help fuel 5-goal 2nd period in win over Devils

Rookies tally first NHL goals in 5-1 victory

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

C.J. Smith smiled as he leaned against the Buffalo Sabres' bench, waiting for video replay to confirm what he already knew. 

Smith had just barely beaten New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid with a shot that trickled out from between the netminder's pads. He wrapped behind the net after shooting and saw the puck creep over the goal line before Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen was able to clear it in a last-ditch effort. 

Replay would indeed confirm it - the 24-year-old Smith had just scored his first NHL goal. 

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Ristolainen scores late, but Sabres fall in series finale with Bruins

Ullmark makes 39 saves in 2-1 loss

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

BOSTON - Rasmus Ristolainen scored to spoil Tuukka Rask's shutout with 2:38 remaining, but the Buffalo Sabres were unable to overcome a sloppy second period in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday night. 

The Sabres were outshot 14-3 through the first 10 minutes of the second. It was during that stretch that David Backes scored for the Bruins on a 2-on-1 rush to extend their lead to 2-0. 

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Skinner, Reinhart lead way in win over Panthers

Thompson also scores as Sabres end 3-game skid

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

As they walked out of the dressing room for the start of the third period at KeyBank Center on Thursday night, the Buffalo Sabres were aware of the familiarity regarding their position.

The Sabres were nursing a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes to go, which was the same score when the third periods began in each of their two previous meetings with the Florida Panthers. They came out on the wrong end in both prior instances, a 3-2 overtime loss on Nov. 30 and a 5-2 regulation loss on Dec. 18. 

"We knew we were in the same position against this team in two previous games," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "We recognized that we needed to bear down, make the right plays."

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Eichel exits with injury as comeback falls short vs. Islanders

Captain aggravates upper-body ailment early in 3-1 loss

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

With their captain sidelined for most of the evening, the Buffalo Sabres turned in a third-period effort on Monday that was in many ways reminiscent of their early-season comebacks. They outworked and outshot the New York Islanders, 12-3, for 20 minutes as they pushed desperately to erase a 2-0 deficit.

The only thing missing was the tying goal. Ryan Pulock's clearing attempt from the New York zone deflected into an empty net with 31.4 seconds remaining and the Islanders held on for a 3-1 win at KeyBank Center. 

Much like their overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, the Sabres were left to deal with the frustration of an undesirable outcome on a night when they felt they deserved better.

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Late penalty paves way for OT loss to Bruins

Scandella, Larsson score goals in 3-2 loss

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

In an important game against a division rival, the Sabres had answered the bell for nearly 60 minutes in their game against the Boston Bruins at KeyBank Center on Saturday night. 

It went awry with the blow of a whistle. 

Rasmus Ristolainen was called for kneeing Bruins forward David Pastrnak in the corner, giving Boston a power play with 3:43 remaining in regulation. Jake DeBrusk tipped a shot past Carter Hutton to tie the game with the extra man and Sean Kuraly scored with 1:16 left in overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 win.

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Eichel scores lone goal for Sabres in loss to Blues

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

ST. LOUIS - Coming off a four-day break for the holidays and having to deal with a time zone change on top of it, the Sabres stressed the importance of keeping things simple ahead of their matchup with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. 

They stuck to their plan for 20 minutes, outshooting the Blues 10-6 during a scoreless first period. Then the second period came, and things changed. 

Robert Thomas, Jay Bouwmeester and Pat Maroon scored goals in the first 10:55 of that period, which put the Blues on the path toward a 4-1 victory at Enterprise Center.

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