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Video- The Winning Streak For The Buffalo Sabres Hits Five

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

Word has circulated around the NHL about what Phil Housley is building in Buffalo. In only six weeks, the Sabres have developed a reputation of hanging around in games before their skill eventually takes over.

After completing a morning skate Saturday morning at Xcel Energy Center, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau cautioned reporters of that change. Buffalo is no longer a pushover, no matter the odds, he said. To his credit, and at his own team's expense, Boudreau was correct.

The Sabres, less than 24 hours after a victory over the Winnipeg Jets, roared back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Wild, 3-2, Saturday night, giving Buffalo its first five-game winning streak since 2012 and improving its record to 12-6-2.

Housley's players went into two of the most difficult road arenas in the league and escaped with two wins. Although there are question marks and red flags surrounding this team, the Sabres have finally established an identity.

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No Excuses From Carey Price

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Carey Price was a man of few words Thursday night, but he didn’t need many words to sum up the Canadiens’ 6-5 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres. “Let’s cut the chase, I wasn’t very good,” Price said to kick off a post-game scrum that lasted 56 seconds. Price, who is trying to bounce back from the worst season of his career, has given up at least four goals in each of his last four starts and his numbers aren’t very good.

After Thursday’s debacle, he has a 3.07 goals-against average and an .892 save percentage. Price wasn’t looking for any excuses. When asked about defensive breakdowns in front of him, he replied: “I’m not playing as well as I did earlier.” And when he was asked whether changes in the equipment contributed to the fall-off in his play, he said: “No. it’s all upstairs. I’ll figure it out.” 

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The Los Angeles Kings Have Issues

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The doors to the Kings’ locker room at Staples Center stayed closed for more than 20 minutes while general manager Rob Blake talked to them after their latest debacle, a 5-1 surrender Saturday afternoon to the perpetually rebuilding Buffalo Sabres. That’s four losses in a row for the Kings by a cumulative 21-5, shocking for a team that last season allowed the fewest goals in the NHL. Twenty minutes of venting couldn’t begin to cover the depths of the problems they face.

The worst part about their latest loss — and there was a lot of competition for that distinction — is they didn’t push back. Not when Jason Pominville, who lived at the net all game, scored from near the left post at 10:24 of the first period, not when they lost board battles and lost track of Jeff Skinner when the veteran forward scored the first of his three goals, at 3:31 of the second period, to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead, not when Skinner scored on a wraparound to make it 3-0 before the middle period ended. They sagged and lagged and deserved every boo that was launched from the announced sellout crowd.

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Morning Line- Evander Kane

"There was always a lot of potential with our teams in Buffalo and we had a lot of young talent that, for some reason, just couldn't put it all together. We didn't get off to good starts and we kind of took the wind out of our own sails early in the year and it made for some long seasons.

"It was tough to be a part of those losing seasons, but I did have a lot of fun with the group of guys we had."

-Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks.  Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com has more.  The Sabres face the Sharks in San Jose tonight.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Have A Few Issues

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Granted, it’s a small sample size. But three games into the Golden Knights’ season, two disturbing trends continue to play out.

1. They’re making costly lapses in the defensive zone.

2. They’re struggling to score despite generating plenty of shots.

“I didn’t like anything again today,” a clearly frustrated Gerard Gallant said Monday after his team’s 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres before an announced Columbus Day crowd of 16,004 at KeyBank Center.

“We didn’t play good enough to win the hockey game. I’d like to say just because we had lots of shots and that, but they were the better team. They were more committed to winning today, and we didn’t show up good enough.”

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A Bad Opening Night In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Did the calendar really flip to a new season? Did the Buffalo Sabres really change out nearly half their roster for the second straight year? Did the NHL standings really reset to zero and not still show the Blue and Gold in 31st place?

Hard to tell by watching — and listening — Thursday night in KeyBank Center.

The Sabres were drubbed, 4-0, in their season opener by the Boston Bruins, who got four assists from star winger Brad Marchand and 32 saves from backup goaltender Jaroslav Halák to bounce back from Wednesday's 7-0 disaster in Washington.

The Sabres got a whole lot of nothing. Not even the debut of No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin could make any difference.

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Gary Bettman On The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrnington of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres have not been in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2011, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is like most observers from around the league: He's expecting that cycle to finally change.

"By all appearances, the team is on an upward spiral," Bettman said when asked by The Buffalo News during the first intermission of Tuesday night's Kraft Hockeyville exhibition against Columbus in Clinton Arena. "All of these things happen in cycles. You look at the young talent they have and the moves they made over the summer — among those acquiring Jeff Skinner — I think the team is being rebuilt in the right way."

Bettman praised owners Terry and Kim Pegula for their continued commitment to finding the right solution for their team.

"I assure you nobody wants to win more than they do," he said. "And they want to win for the fans in Buffalo. It's something I remember Terry saying from the very first time I met him.

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A Very Tough Period Of Time For Kyle Okposo

from Tim Grahan of The Athletic,

Just over 18 months ago, Kyle suffered a concussion in a Buffalo Sabres workout, but the hit felt so ordinary he wouldn’t be diagnosed for days.

Even with that knowledge, medical experts from Buffalo General Hospital’s neurosurgical department, from the Sabres and from the NHL were unable to explain why Kyle had gone through a manic phase, why the lifelong introvert spent three days calling people from his past to tell them off, why he stayed awake for four days straight, why he stopped eating and dwindled to a teenage weight, why he told Danielle he was willing to harm himself simply so he could sleep again.

“Kyle Okposo could have jumped off a frigging building,” his agent, Pat Brisson, said. “He could have ended it.”

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Scotty Bowman On Rasmus Dahlin

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Rasmus Dahlin will be a complete and dynamic NHL player for many years, Scotty Bowman told NHL.com on Saturday.

"His skating is so complete; he can go forwards, backwards and sideways so well and he has a good core," Bowman said of the Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman after watching him at the Prospects Challenge. "He's got good size and strength and you can see he really likes to go.

"It's a different game now from when I was coaching. There are some defensemen who just move the puck up, and there's a sprinkling of guys who can lug it, and he's one of those guys. It's like (Ottawa Senators defenseman) Erik Karlsson and (Boston Bruins defenseman) Charlie McAvoy; those are special players."...

"Lidstrom was a different kind of player because Nick wasn't a puck-carrier, he moved the puck," said Bowman, who coached Lidstrom for nine seasons with the Detroit Red Wings (1993-2002). "The similarities are they have no difficulty making passes when they're in tight and it's always on the stick. So when [Dahlin] gets the puck, there's a good chance Buffalo is going to keep it. That's the way we used to track Lidstrom; whenever he got the puck, very seldom did he make a play where the other team got it, so it was all about possession. [Dahlin] likes to go and join the rush.

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Video- He Shoots And Dominik Hasek Makes The Save

Six minutes of saves by The Dominator.

 

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