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Buffalo Sabres Seek to End Skid Against Toronto Maple Leafs

March 10th, 2015 at 11:00 PM
By Marc Deschamps

It's been a rough week for the Buffalo Sabres. The trade deadline has left few veteran players remaining on the roster, and a pair of injuries in Saturday's loss to the Washington Capitals has left defensemen Zach Bogosian and Andrej Meszaros questionable for Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Of course the Leafs have had their share of struggles this season, as well. The Leafs have a paltry seven more wins than the Sabres this year. Toronto's latest defeat came Monday night against the New York Islanders and the Sabres' former goaltender Michal Neuvirth.

On paper, the matchup between the two teams looks like a potential snooze-fest. A game between two teams at the bottom of the league typically doesn't make for strong hockey. That said, both groups have a degree of pride to fight for, and it could result in an interesting contest.

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Buffalo Sabres Fall 6-1 to Superior Washington Capitals

March 8th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
By Marc Deschamps

Alexander Ovechkin sat out the Washington Capitals' 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night with a lower body injury. If there was any doubt as to whether or not he had fully recovered, it was nullified in a 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Buffalo took the first lead of the evening, just 2:35 into the opening period. Sabres forward Johan Larsson found the back of the net, beating goaltender Brayden Holtby. Larsson would prove to be one of Buffalo's stronger players of the evening, providing another solid opportunity in the second period. Unfortunately, Larsson's lone goal would be the only tally of the night for Buffalo.

Buffalo's lead evaporated just minutes after Larsson's goal. Curtis Glenross tied the game, beating Matt Hackett, who had recently been recalled from Rochester. Hackett and the rest of the Sabres held on to the tie heading into the second period, but things opened up significantly for Washington after.

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Tyler Ennis Records 200th Career Point in Buffalo Sabres Loss Against Ottawa Senators

March 7th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
By Marc Deschamps

If the Buffalo Sabres are supposed to be tanking this season, no one told Tyler Ennis. The center recorded his 200th career point in last night's 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Ennis recorded the Sabres second goal last night, beating Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond on a beautiful shot from the top of the faceoff circle to Hammond's right. Ennis nearly recorded another goal just before the end of the period, but found himself foiled by a post. The goal would have put the Sabres up 3-0 towards the end of the first period and could have been the night's deciding factor.

"I heard Matty [linemate Matt Moulson] calling on the backside but I decided to shoot it and I wish it would have went in," Ennis told Sabres.com after the loss.

Ennis currently leads the team in goals and points at 16 and 34, respectively. The goal pushed him ahead of injured teammate Zemgus Girgensons, who has 15 goals this season.

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Buffalo Sabres Brace for Another Tough Test Against Ottawa Senators

March 6th, 2015 at 4:07 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The miserable season the Buffalo Sabres have endured will come one game closer to ending tonight as they play the Ottawa Senators.

After Tim Murray's fire sale of Buffalo's unrestricted assets, the Sabres will limp into Ottawa, where an especially tough test is waiting for them. Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond is 6-0-1 in his last seven starts and will look to improve on that record as Ottawa hopes to keep pace in their playoff hunt.

For the Sabres, Chad Johnson will get his first start for the Sabres since the team acquired him at the trade deadline on Monday. Johnson told the media he planned on winning games in Buffalo, despite the ample tank talk. Winning won't come easy for Johnson, as he will have a slew of AHL talent in front of him once again tonight.

The good news for Johnson, and those against the tank, is that Tyler Ennis is expected to be back tonight. Ennis had missed time with an aggravated groin injury, but is apparently well enough to give it a go. How effective he will be, however, remains to be seen.

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Former Buffalo Sabres Goaltender Michal Neuvirth Trashes the Tank

March 3rd, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Marc Deschamps

On trade deadline day, a number of Buffalo Sabres players bid the city farewell as the team seemingly made moves to guarantee a No. 1 overall first round draft pick. While some fans are undoubtedly happy with the decision, Michal Neuvirth clearly was not.

Neuvirth, the team's now-former goaltender, was apparently unaware that he was being traded to the New York Islanders when it was officially announced. Neuvirth's recent successes in net likely made him a target. If the Sabres wanted Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel, they couldn't afford a goaltender that had been playing at Neuvirth's current level. The goalie had to go.

While most of the team has remained quiet on the topic of tanking, Neuvirth no longer had any such qualms about doing so. The disappointed goaltender spoke to the media immediately after the trade was announced, and he didn't mince words on the matter.

"That's crazy if you want to finish last to get a first draft pick," Neuvirth said to reporters. "It just doesn't seem right to me. You always want to win. If you're playing for last place, I don't think that's right."

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