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Maple Leafs shut out Sabres

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Rielly's PPG opens scoring

BUF@TOR: Rielly lights the lamp with a nifty PPG

Morgan Rielly glides into the Sabres' zone and scores a quick wrister, giving the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead on the power play

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Morgan Rielly scored an unassisted power-play goal 3:23 into the second period, and the Toronto Maple Leafs scored two empty-net goals in a 3-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

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Season Preview

Sabres need more offense, better defense to return to playoffs

New coach Housley, healthy Eichel could produce first trip to postseason since 2011

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

If the Buffalo Sabres are going to get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011, they're going to need to score more at even strength and improve on defense, including the penalty kill.

They had the best power play in the NHL last season (24.3 percent), scoring 57 of their 199 goals (tied for 24th) with the man-advantage. They were 25th in the League on the penalty kill (77.6 percent) and allowed the most shots per game (34.3). That kind of inconsistency plagued Buffalo and led to changes at coach and general manager in the offseason.

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NHL Insider

Housley wants Sabres to be aggressive, creative

New coach envisions pushing pace, getting defensemen more involved in offense

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- When Phil Housley was named coach of the Buffalo Sabres on June 15, he finally got the chance to have a team play the way he did as a Hall of Fame defenseman, with speed, skill and offensive creativity.

Housley took over the team he starred for as a player after spending the past four seasons as an assistant with the Nashville Predators. With Buffalo, Housley has a team with young players such as forwards Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart, and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, as well as veteran forwards Ryan O'Reilly, Evander Kane, and Kyle Okposo.

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Short Shifts

O'Reilly rocks skate guards with wheels between locker room, practice

Forward brings back unique equipment for Sabres session Wednesday

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Ryan O'Reilly found the coolest way to get from the locker room to the ice for practice.

The Buffalo Sabres forward reintroduced his skate guards with wheels that allow him to skate to the ice.

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preseason

5 things learned from Sept. 19 preseason games

Golden Knights still perfect, Eichel finding chemistry with new linemates for Sabres

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Now that the 16-day, 109-game preseason schedule has begun, it's time to take a closer look at the players, teams and stories that are making headlines in the weeks leading up to the start of the regular season on Oct. 4.

Here are five things we learned from the preseason games Tuesday:

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game recap

Eichel scores in OT to give Sabres win against Penguins

Pominville adds pair of goals for Buffalo; Tennyson, Maatta score for Pittsburgh

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Jack Eichel scored less than a minute into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Pegula Ice Arena on the Penn State campus in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Defenseman Matt Tennyson tied it 3-3 with 2:39 remaining after defenseman Olli Maatta scored a power-play goal at 8:12 of the third period to put the Penguins ahead 3-2 in their preseason opener.

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Hurricanes defeat Sabres in OT in preseason opener

Ryan's second goal lifts Carolina

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Derek Ryan scored his second goal of the game 2:19 into overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, at KeyBank Center.

It was the first preseason game for each team.

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How eight Eastern Conference teams can get back into playoffs

Islanders, Lightning, Flyers among those who didn't qualify last season

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For the eight Eastern Conference teams that missed the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their goal since the second week of April has been figuring out how to extend their season into May, or even June, like the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL.com examines how those eight teams can take the next step and qualify for the playoffs this season:

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Short Shifts

Reinhart, Eichel ride tandem bike to first day of Sabres training camp

Forwards wheel to work for initial appearance ahead of 2017-18 season

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Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel sure looked sweet upon the seats of a bicycle built for two.

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Training Camp

Eichel: 'I think I've proven nothing'

Center determined to produce this season, end Sabres playoff drought

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel has established himself as one of the top young players in the NHL, but according to him, he hasn't proven anything yet.

The 20-year-old had 57 points (24 goals, 33 assists) in 61 games last season, his second in the League, when he missed the first 21 games of the season with a high ankle sprain.

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