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Ullmark returns with strong showing in shootout win over Capitals

Goalie makes 33 saves in 3-2 victory

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Linus Ullmark waited almost six weeks to be back between the pipes in a game for the Buffalo Sabres after going down with a lower-body injury on Jan. 28. It was no vacation.

"[It was] quite boring, to be honest," Ullmark said. "You want to be with the team, you want to be in the mix, you want to be there and do what you do best."

It's fitting, then, that the goaltender saw plenty of excitement in his return on Monday. Ullmark stopped 33 of 35 shots in regulation and overtime and then made six more saves in a seven-round shootout to help the Sabres snap their six-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

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Despite numerous chances, Sabres unable to halt Flyers win streak

Kahun scores in road loss to Philadelphia

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

PHILADELPHIA - The Buffalo Sabres put 39 shots on net, but they could only beat Carter Hart once Saturday night. 

The Sabres entered the third period tied, however, they ultimately fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 at Wells Fargo Center as the Flyers extended their win streak to nine games. 

Dominik Kahun scored Buffalo's lone goal for his fourth point in the last five games. He has two goals and two assists since he was acquired by the Sabres at the NHL Trade Deadline. Claude Giroux scored twice for the Flyers and Joel Farabee added another late in the third. Carter Hutton made 21 saves for the Sabres. 

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Missed chances cost Sabres in loss to Penguins

McCabe, Johansson score goals in 4-2 defeat

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Marcus Johansson laid it out plain and simple following a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at KeyBank Center on Thursday. 

The Buffalo Sabres turned in strong stretches, including a second period that coach Ralph Krueger felt was one of their best of the season. The difference between winning and losing, Johansson said, was not being able to finish their chances. 

"We definitely created enough chances to score goals and I think for a lot of that game we were the better team," Johansson said. 

"Second period, we played really well and we pressured them and pushed them back but we come out emptyhanded out of that period and it's frustrating when it's like that but, you know, winning hockey games you've got to score more goals than the other team and we didn't do that."

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Road trip ends with loss in Winnipeg

Ristolainen scores lone goal for Sabres in 3-1 defeat

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

WINNIPEG -- Ralph Krueger said his team is looking the reality of its road trip right in the eyes. 

The Buffalo Sabres will return home with no points to show for their four-game western swing following a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday, a disappointing outcome for a team that left Buffalo last Tuesday having won five of its last six contests. 

Krueger acknowledged that disappointment, as did each player who spoke to the media following the loss. But they also remained focused on how they need to move forward through the final month of the season, beginning with another difficult matchup at home against Pittsburgh in two days. 

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Sabres unable to protect early lead in loss to Coyotes

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Marcus Johansson and Jeff Skinner scored goals to give the Buffalo Sabres an early lead, but a lopsided second period changed momentum in what ended as a 5-2 victory for the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday. 

The Coyotes surged ahead with three goals to open the second period, the last of which was scored at the 7:30 mark. The stretch was compounded by the loss of forward Victor Olofsson, who left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return. 

"It's disappointing," Johansson said. "I mean, they're a skilled team. They scored one and we kind of stopped playing instead of settling things down. It kind of snowballed and they got three. I mean, you're not going to play a perfect game. It's OK for them to score one. We just got to try to settle down and get back to our game."

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Sabres turn attention to Arizona following tight loss in Vegas

Kahun scores early in 4-2 defeat

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

LAS VEGAS - Jake McCabe acknowledged the similarities between two tough-to-swallow losses. 

Just as they had Wednesday in Colorado, the Buffalo Sabres went into T-Mobile Arena on Friday and went toe-to-toe with the Vegas Golden Knights for 40 minutes. And, as was the case two nights prior, the difference came down to a handful of plays in the third.  

This time, it was a pair of goals from William Karlsson and Reilly Smith scored 2:19 apart in the final period that broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Golden Knights to a 4-2 victory. 

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At the Horn: Sabres 2 - Golden Knights 4

Kahun scores in Buffalo debut

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Dominik Kahun got the Buffalo Sabres off to a good start Friday night, but the Vegas Golden Knights rallied back to beat Buffalo 4-2 at T-Mobile Arena.

Kahun, who scored on his second shift of the game, skated 10:37 in his first game with Buffalo, registering that lone shot and two blocks. The Sabres acquired Kahun from Pittsburgh ahead of Monday's NHL Trade Deadline. 

The Sabres took an early lead, but Vegas scored the next four goals, including a pair early in the third period to pull ahead.

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Sabres fall short in back-and-forth affair with Avalanche

Girgensons, Lazar score goals in 3-2 loss

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

DENVER - Ralph Krueger felt proud of the resolve he saw from his hockey club. 

The Buffalo Sabres twice erased one-goal deficits during their 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. They came mere inches from tying the score a third time during the game's final minute. 

It was the sort of loss, Krueger said, that a team might feel OK about early in the season. But at a time when every game feels like a playoff game for the Sabres, the prevailing feeling afterward was pain. 

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Johansson, Okposo lead Sabres to win over Jets

Buffalo has won 5 of last 6 games

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Ralph Krueger has been one to keep the picture small since taking over as coach of the Buffalo Sabres, but he was well aware of what this weekend meant in terms of the grand scheme of the season. 

Following a disappointing loss in Ottawa on Tuesday, Buffalo's back-to-back games against Pittsburgh and Winnipeg - two high-octane offenses in playoff position - would dictate the stakes for the team going into a four-game western road trip. 

"It was a weekend where we needed to decide how we were going to go out west: still reaching, or not," Krueger said. "And we are reaching."

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At the Horn: Jets 1 - Sabres 2

Okposo scores twice and Johansson picks up 1st NHL win

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Kyle Okposo scored both goals for the Buffalo Sabres to extend his point streak to four games and Jonas Johansson earned his first career NHL win as the home team defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 at KeyBank Center on Sunday.

Johansson, making the third start of his career, made 25 saves for the W. The AHL All-Star is now 1-1-1 in four NHL appearances with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.

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