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Video- Robin Lehner With The Save Of The Night

Possibly the save of the year too.  The save was in OT and the video also contains the game winning OT goal by Buffalo.



Below, Carey Price made two key saves near the end of regulation to force OT.

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Comparing The Toronto Maple Leafs And Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Leafs are already in a playoff spot -- and with so many games in hand they're likely the second-best team in the Atlantic Division. The Sabres hit town off a solid win over Dallas but still last in the division.

Asking Babcock how surprised he was to have accelerated past the Sabres made him recoil after the morning skate.

"I never said that, you just said that right?" Babcock said. "Sometimes when you ask those questions then the next thing that comes out in the media is like I said that. Just so we know, I did not say that."

The room broke up because Babcock made sure to emphasize each of the last four words. He then proceeded to explain himself further.

"To tell you the truth, I don't spend a whole lot of time concerning myself on the other teams. We're building our own product here. We have a lot of work to do. I tried to say that yesterday. I told our players the same thing. We're 41 games in. Let's just try to get better every day. We do that, we have a chance to be a good team moving ahead. That's what we're trying to do."

Now obviously, the biggest thing in the Leafs favor is they tanked for half a season (Garrett Sparks in goal, anyone?) and were lucky enough to win the draft lottery to take Auston Matthews. The Sabres put together two of the worst seasons back-to-back in recent NHL history and didn't get the little ping pong ball bounce either time.

Jack Eichel is a terrific young player. But he's no Matthews. No shame in that. But it's the reality.


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Video- Robin Lehner Get Pulled

Gave up 3 goals in a little over 9 minutes in the 2nd period.


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The New York Rangers With An Unacceptable Loss To The Buffalo Sabres

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Maybe in their minds, the Rangers were partying the night away shirtless in Miami at the Bieber Bash.

Yeah, that must be it.

Because, honestly, there is no acceptable explanation for the Blueshirts’ collective forfeiture of Tuesday’s match against the 28th-overall club from Buffalo at the Garden by the afterthought score of 4-1.

They stayed on the stool, threw in the towel, pleaded nolo contendre. They couldn’t make a play, wouldn’t or couldn’t move their feet, couldn’t complete a pass, couldn’t construct more than a shift or two of coherence.

And the thing is, a game like this just a couple of weeks removed from separate yet almost equally odious performances in drubbings by the Penguins and Wild is enough to make you question the underpinnings, if not the validity, of this 26-13-1 enterprise.


The game highlights are below...

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It’s Getting Bad In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Jack Eichel, all of 20 years old, has clearly had enough with the morose brand of hockey this team is playing almost every game.

After a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in TD Garden that wasn't nearly as close as the score might say, a red-faced Eichel went berserk. He fired some pieces of equipment into his duffel bag, pounded others on his locker seat and drove the bag hard into the rubberized floor at one point.

There were also some choice four-letter words spliced into the outburst of Eichel, who stormed out of the room without speaking to reporters even as a team PR official inquired if he would do so. Normal media practice in such spots might be to skewer a player -- especially such a young one -- for forsaking his league-mandated obligations, win or lose.

But this case is an exception. This is the face of the franchise clearly reaching his breaking point after a loss to his hometown team. And his actions spoke louder than any quote he could give reporters on this day.

Told about Eichel's tantrum, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma nodded over the anger described.

"I think every one of us should be," Bylsma said. "We know the situation we're in and we know how desperate we are at this point in the season to win hockey games. We should all find that desperation, that urgency and that anger."


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Video- Break It Up

Jack Edwards not happy with the linesmen.

McQuaid/Carrier fight.


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Ryan O’Reilly Out After Undergoing An Appendectomy

via Mike Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

You think the holiday break gave the Sabres a respite from all their bad news? Think again. Center Ryan O'Reilly had an appendectomy on Christmas Day in Buffalo General Hospital and will be out for an indefinite period, the Buffalo News has learned.

O'Reilly, 25, has seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 27 games this season. He had previously missed six games earlier this season with an oblique injury and has just one goal in his last 11 games.

added 11:37am,


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Dan Bylsma Sends A Message To Jack Eichel

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Matt Moulson, whose seven power-play goals entered the night one off the NHL lead, was moved from the second unit on to Eichel's spot at the point of the first. Marcus Foligno went on the second unit. Eichel stayed on the bench for the first opportunity against the NHL's top penalty-killing team.

Eichel takes losing worse than any Sabres player of recent years, along the lines of Ryan Miller and Chris Drury. He was furious in the dressing room after this one, slamming equipment into his duffel bag before a brief meeting with reporters. It's the kind of fire a team needs more of when times are tough.

Eichel has no points and is minus-5 in his last four games. Bylsma admitted to sending both team and star player a message.

"It's not my decision. It's the coach's," Eichel said. "They have a really good PK and we had a lot of good opportunities on the power play. We just need to finish them....

Eichel words were politically correct but he was clearly seething. Asked if he was surprised to not be on the ice, the 20-year-old said the time to discuss the topic was over.

"I think I just answered that. I'm not the coach," he said. "Like I said, we had a lot of opportunities on the first power play. ... I was on the second power play. I'm out there working hard. I think that's all I really have to say about that."


Below, watch Eichel post-game...

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Video- Jack Eichel Playing Through Ankle Issue

Jacke Eichel is trying to play through an ankle injury...




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Afternoon Line- Jack Eichel

"I'm looking forward to it. I've been waiting for a while, so it will be nice to play a game, it feels like it's been a while. What has it been, 21, 22 games? It's been a while. Just excited to get back into the game action and play instead of watch."

-Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres on returning to the Buffalo lineup tonight.  NHL.com has more.

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