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Dahlin on All-Star Weekend: 'It's important that Buffalo is represented'

Defenseman capped off memorable weekend with goal in Atlantic Division win

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

SUNRISE, Fla. - Rasmus Dahlin wanted to leave one last mark on All-Star Weekend as the final minute ticked off the clock in the Atlantic Division's victory.

Dahlin was awarded a penalty shot with his team up 6-3 in the final against the Central Division. It was the perfect opportunity to put his skill on display - which he tried to do with a behind-the-legs attempt that just barely deflected off the blocker of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. 

"Not to jinx it, but we pretty much already won the game, so I tried to do something stupid," he said afterward. "… We were having a lot of fun."

Dahlin scored nonetheless, catching a pass from Aleksandr Barkov in front and beating Hellebuyck with a short-side shot with 36 seconds left in the Atlantic Division's 7-5 win. Dahlin previously tallied an assist in the Atlantic's first game, a 10-6 victory over the Metropolitan.

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Dahlin places 2nd in hardest shot, 'soaking in' All-Star Weekend

Notes from Day 2 of All-Star Weekend

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

SUNRISE, Fla. - Rasmus Dahlin had triple digits on his mind as he wound up for his first attempt of the hardest shot competition. When the speedometer read 97, he became more motivated. 

"I kind of knew I had more in me," Dahlin said. "I got pumped after my first shot."

Dahlin's second shot clocked in at 102.3 mph, good for second place. Vancouver Canucks forward and fellow Swede Elias Pettersson won the event with a speed of 103.2.

"We're strong guys, you know?" Dahlin said when asked about the Swedish connection. "Vikings."

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'He deserved to be here' | NHL All-Stars share thoughts on Rasmus Dahlin

Defenseman will represent Sabres at All-Star Weekend

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Erik Karlsson came into the NHL as a 19-year-old with the Ottawa Senators, carrying the expectations of a first-round draft selection. He knows firsthand what Rasmus Dahlin has experienced through his first five seasons with the Sabres. 

"I think he's done a great job," Karlsson said. "Coming in with the expectations that he had from everybody else and probably from himself as well, it's not easy to live up to those."

Karlsson, a veteran of six All-Star Games prior to his selection to this year's event last month, is the only defenseman in the NHL with more goals and points than Dahlin this season. Dahlin, despite his place on the league leaderboards, had not been selected as an All-Star when he woke up Wednesday morning.

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Expanded Fan Vote for 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend now open

Sabres fans can select 3 players to join Tage Thompson in Florida

by Buffalo Sabres @BuffaloSabres /

Tage Thompson has been named to the 2023 NHL All-Star Game roster and now it's up to hockey fans around the world to decide who will join him on the Atlantic Division squad. 

Thursday night, the NHL announced the initial rosters for All-Star Weekend with a player representing each team. Fans will select the final 12 players - two skaters and a goaltender for each division - at

Which Sabres players are going to get your vote? Rasmus Dahlin? Alex Tuch? Jeff Skinner? Dylan Cozens? There are plenty of Sabres who are having career years and are worthy of representing the Sabres in Florida. 

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Dahlin to compete in Accuracy Shooting at NHL All-Star Skills

Event begins Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Rasmus Dahlin will compete in the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting contest at NHL All-Star Skills in Las Vegas. 

The skills competition will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. The All-Star Game will be played Saturday at 3 p.m. on ABC.

Dahlin, 21, was selected to represent the Sabres for the first time in his career. 

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How to vote for Tage Thompson as Last Man In for the NHL All-Star Game

Forward leads Sabres in goals (12) and points (23)

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Tage Thompson is the Buffalo Sabres' representative on the Last Men In ballot for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game, which will be held at T-Mobile Arena is Las Vegas on Feb. 5. 

Fans can send Thompson to the All-Star Game by voting at between now and Monday, Jan. 17. Winners will be revealed on Jan. 18. 

Thompson, 24, has enjoyed a breakout season following a move from the wing to center during training camp. He leads the Sabres in goals (12), points (23), and shots. 

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'It's a dream' | Dahlin selected to 1st NHL All-Star Game

Defenseman has taken next step with top-pair minutes this season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Don Granato has received texts from Rasmus Dahlin after games in which the defenseman feels he played beneath his standard. 

The question: Can we watch film tomorrow?

"Sometimes other guys have a bad night, they don't want to talk to a coach, they want to hide from a coach," Granato said Wednesday. "This guy, he cannot handle not having success, and he'll look in the mirror and say, 'I need to be better.'" 

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Eichel to make 3rd All-Star appearance this weekend

Sabres captain leads team in all offensive categories heading into All-Star Weekend

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

St. Louis is the site for the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend and Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel is set to make his third All-Star appearance in a row.

The festivities begin Friday night with the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills competition at 8 p.m. on NBCSN and then conclude with the 2020 NHL All-Star Game on Saturday at 8 on NBC. For the fifth straight season, the All-Star Game will feature a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, showcasing teams from each NHL division competing for a $1 million winner-take-all prize pool. Stay tuned for full coverage this weekend on

Eichel is having a career year for the Sabres, leading the team in every offensive category. Through 48 games, he has 28 goals (good for 5th in the NHL), 34 assists (12th) and 62 points (9th). 

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Dahlin on NHL All-Star 'Last Men In' ballot

Fans can cast their votes to add Dahlin to the Atlantic Division's 2020 NHL All-Star roster until Jan. 10

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Want to see Rasmus Dahlin at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game? 

The Buffalo Sabres defenseman is on the ballot for the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In fan vote. 

For the second straight season, the NHL is allowing fans to select four players from a list of 31 players - one from each NHL team as determined by the League's Hockey Operations Department - to be added to the divisional rosters for All-Star Weekend in St. Louis on Jan. 24 and 25. 

The highest vote-getters by division then will be added to their respective All-Star rosters. Voting for the Last Men In runs until Friday, Jan. 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Eichel named to 2020 Atlantic Division All-Star team

Fans can vote for Dahlin on Last Men In ballot starting Jan. 1

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

For the third year in a row, Jack Eichel will represent the Buffalo Sabres at the NHL's All-Star Weekend. 

This year's festivities will take place on Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. The Skills Challenge will take place Friday night and the All-Star Game will be played on Saturday. The NHL announced the rosters for the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific division teams this afternoon.

The Atlantic Divsion roster consists of Eichel, captain David Pastrnak (BOS), forwards Tyler Bertuzzi (DET), Anthony Duclair (OTT), Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) and Auston Matthews (TOR), defensemen Shea Weber (MTL) and Victor Hedman (TBL), and goaltenders Tuukka Rask (BOS) and Frederik Andersen (TOR). 

Eichel, in his second season as Sabres captain, leads Buffalo with 24 goals, 28 assists and 52 points. 

His season has been highlighted by an 18-game personal point streak, which tied the franchise record set by Gilbert Perreault in 1971-72. Eichel recorded 32 points (16+16) in that stretch. 

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