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Postgame Report | Sabres remain confident after loss to Bruins

Buffalo is now 3-1-0 on the season

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres experienced their first real bump in the road Friday night, but the team isn't panicking by any stretch of the imagination.

The Sabres fell to the Boston Bruins 4-1 at KeyBank Center, marking their first loss of the season. They're now 3-1-0 with a road game on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils up next.

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At the Final Horn | Olofsson scores Sabres' lone goal in loss to Bruins

Loss snaps Buffalo's 3-game winning streak

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Victor Olofsson scored a late goal to prevent a shutout, but the Buffalo Sabres fell 4-1 to the Boston Bruins at KeyBank Center on Friday. 

The loss snapped Buffalo's three-game winning streak to begin the season. 

David Pastrnak, Tomas Nosek, Charlie Coyle, and Taylor Hall scored goals for the Bruins. Brad Marchand tallied two assists. Linus Ullmark made 34 saves. 

Craig Anderson made 22 saves for the Sabres. 

Buffalo outshot Boston, 36-26. 

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Sabres continue 'good vibes,' improve to 3-0 with win over Canucks

Buffalo overcomes early deficit to earn 5-2 victory

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Kyle Okposo recognized the importance of a win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, another brick in the foundation the Buffalo Sabres are trying to build under coach Don Granato. 

The talented Canucks came out strong and controlled play long enough to score the game's first goal. The Sabres weathered the storm, asserted their own game plan as the contest wore on and finished off a 5-2 victory at KeyBank Center to the tune of fans chanting, "3-and-0!"  

Indeed, the Sabres are 3-0-0 for the first time since 2008. The vibes are good. Okposo acknowledged all of this while still directing the focus to the larger picture.

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At The Final Horn | Third-period surge propels Sabres to 3-0-0 start

Five different goal scorers help Sabres defeat Vancouver

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres scored a pair of goals 23 seconds apart early in the third period to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Tuesday at KeyBank Center and propel the team to a 3-0-0 start.

Kyle Okposo scored the 200th goal of his NHL career and added an assist. Zemgus Girgensons also had a two-point night. Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson scored the third-period goals that put Buffalo ahead. Rasmus Asplund scored an empty netter to seal the victory.

Craig Anderson made 32 saves to earn his second win of the season.

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'Annoying' Sabres improve to 2-0-0 with shootout win over Coyotes

Takeaways from Saturday's game at KeyBank Center

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Cody Eakin offered up a new adjective to describe the 2-0-0 Buffalo Sabres after their shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. 

Several descriptors have been thrown around since the team convened for training camp three weeks ago. Some players have used "relentless" to describe their preferred style under coach Don Granato. Veteran goalie Craig Anderson described the team as being young and naïve in its tireless approach. 

Eakin's choice? 

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At The Final Horn | Sabres defeat Coyotes in shootout

Eakin scores, Tokarski makes 20 saves as Buffalo moves to 2-0-0

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres improved to 2-0-0 on the season with a 2-1 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon at KeyBank Center.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 20 shots in regulation and overtime plus two more in the shootout to earn his first win of the season. 

Cody Eakin scored for the Sabres. Tage Thompson and Arttu Ruotsalainen tallied in the shootout. 

Andrew Ladd potted Arizona's lone goal. Karel Vejmelka made 32 saves in his NHL debut between the pipes for the Coyotes. 

The Sabres power play went 1-for-2 and were 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. This season, Buffalo is 4-for-8 with the man advantage and 6-for-6 while down a man. 


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Postgame Report | Sabres feed off fans in season-opening win over Habs

Players, crowd fed off each other during 5-1 victory.

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Kyle Okposo drifted toward the boards after scoring the Buffalo Sabres' first goal of the season on Thursday. The smiling fans on the other side of the glass were a welcome sight after a season spent playing in front of tarps and cardboard cutouts. 

The moment sparked a memorable night inside KeyBank Center. The Sabres lived up to the aggressive, hardworking mindset coach Don Granato has preached since the start of training camp and stormed to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. 

The fans noticed. Blocked shots and net-front skirmishes earned standing ovations. Fans cycled through a greatest hits of chants during the third period, from singing "Sweet Caroline" to chanting the chorus from "Seven Nation Army" to pleading for a sixth goal from the Sabres. 

"We were just talking about it in the locker room, how fun it was to play in front of the fans," Okposo said afterward. "So, more to come."

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At The Final Horn | Sabres pick up victory on opening night

Buffalo scores 3 power-play goals to defeat Montreal

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Alternate captains Kyle Okposo and Zemgus Girgensons led the way for the Buffalo Sabres in their 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday on opening night at KeyBank Center. 

The forwards opened the scoring for the team in the first period. Victor Olofsson and Anders Bjork scored in the second and Tage Thompson added another in the third.

Craig Anderson made 30 saves in his Sabres debut. 

Buffalo's power play finished 3-for-6 and the penalty kill was a perfect 4-for-4. 

Chris Wideman scored for Montreal while Sam Montembeault stopped 31 shots in his first game of the season. 

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Peterka nets 3rd preseason goal in win over Red Wings

Takeaways from Saturday's 3-1 win at KeyBank Center

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

JJ Peterka spent his first NHL training camp enticing fans with his offensive skill and impressing coaches with his aptitude for adjustments. The performance was enough to keep the 19-year-old around until the very end, with the regular-season opener just five days away. 

What happens next will be an organizational decision, Sabres coach Don Granato said. Peterka continued to make his case for a spot on the NHL roster, deflecting a Tage Thompson shot for his third goal in five preseason games during Buffalo's 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

"I just tried to play the best I can and tried to have fun out there," Peterka said. "It's out of my hands, but I tried to do my best out there."

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Cozens tallies 2 assists in SO loss to Penguins

Takeaways from Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Brett Murray and Vinnie Hinostroza scored early goals to build a first-period lead, but the Sabres were unable to hold it during a 5-4 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. 

Pittsburgh erased a 3-1 deficit during the third period. Anders Bjork scored for Buffalo to regain a 4-3 lead, but Kasperi Kapanen buried the tying goal with an extra attacker on the ice for Pittsburgh with 52.6 seconds remaining in regulation. 

Jason Zucker scored the deciding goal in a nine-round shootout. 

Victor Olofsson also scored for the Sabres. Dylan Cozens tallied a pair of assists.

Dustin Tokarski and Aaron Dell split the night in net for Buffalo. Tokarski stopped 15 of 16 shots faced in 30:15 of ice time. Dell made 19 saves on 22 shots in 34:45. 

Here are three takeaways. 

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