BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Realizing how difficult it is to lure free agents to Buffalo, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has spent the past two-plus years relying on trades to stock his roster...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Forward Jeff Skinner is both grateful and motivated by the new contract he signed to remain a member of the Buffalo Sabres for the next eight seasons.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After first hiring a new coach, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill addressed his next most pressing offseason need by re-signing leading scorer Jeff Skinner.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rather than focus on what's gone wrong in the past, new Sabres coach Ralph Krueger arrived in Buffalo intent on building a better future with the underperforming team he...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill remains confident that 40-goal-scorer Jeff Skinner will re-sign with the team.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — As much as he enjoyed his season with the Sabres, forward Jeff Skinner isn't going to rush into deciding whether to re-sign with Buffalo or pursue free agency following a...
DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres found little satisfaction in closing out their season with a lopsided win.
Jeff Skinner scored twice to reach the 40-goal mark for the first time in his...
Buffalo Sabres (32-39-10, seventh in the Atlantic Division) vs. Detroit Red Wings (32-39-10, sixth in the Atlantic Division)
Sabres face the Senators on 8-game slide
Ottawa Senators (29-45-6, eighth in the Atlantic Division) vs. Buffalo Sabres (31-39-10, seventh in the Atlantic Division)
Sabres face the Predators on 7-game slide
Nashville Predators (44-29-6, third in the Central Division) vs. Buffalo Sabres (31-38-10, seventh in the Atlantic Division)
Sabres take on the Blue Jackets on 6-game skid
Columbus Blue Jackets (44-30-4, fifth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Buffalo Sabres (31-37-10, sixth in the Atlantic Division)
Sabres face the Red Wings on 4-game slide
Detroit Red Wings (28-38-10, seventh in the Atlantic Division) vs. Buffalo Sabres (31-36-9, sixth in the Atlantic Division)
Buffalo faces Ottawa on 3-game slide
Buffalo Sabres (31-35-9, sixth in the Atlantic Division) vs. Ottawa Senators (26-43-6, eighth in the Atlantic Division)
Reinhart’s hat trick lifts Sabres past Capitals 5-2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Reinhart scored three goals and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a four-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
Reinhart’s hat trick leads Sabres to 5-2 win over Capitals
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — No one was referring to the Buffalo Sabres as being soft on Saturday.
Jeff Skinner remarkably returned a period after a hush fell through the crowd at the sight of...
Sabres star Jeff Skinner returns to game after hurting leg
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner has returned for the start of the third period against Washington after the Buffalo Sabres' leading scorer needed help getting off the ice in the second...
Skinner focused on present in Buffalo rather than future
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner knows how much the Sabres and their playoff-starved fans want him to stay in Buffalo beyond this season.
"Ha, ha, I've heard," the forward memorably said with a laugh in December. "I'm having a lot of fun, too."
And yet, two months later, Skinner is nowhere closer to providing anything resembling a definitive answer regarding where he'll be playing once his contract expires after this season.
Aho scores 2, Hurricanes beat Sabres 4-3 in Skinner’s return
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres kept shooting pucks off each other's players — and they kept going in the net.
Sebastian Aho and the Hurricanes simply did it more often.
Aho scored two goals off the skates of Buffalo defensemen, and the Hurricanes held on to beat the Sabres 4-3 on Friday night, spoiling Jeff Skinner's return to Raleigh.
"Sometimes you don't get those bounces, and today, both of my goals were lucky," Aho said. "So that's how it goes, but a good win."
Skinner scores 29th, Sabres get 5 in 2nd to beat Devils 5-1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With star forward Jack Eichel missing his third straight game due to injury, the Buffalo Sabres got the secondary scoring they were searching for.
Jeff Skinner provided his 29th goal of the season and the Sabres scored five times in the second period on their way to a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
C.J. Smith, Casey Mittelstadt, Jake McCabe and Lawrence Pilut also scored for Buffalo, which improved to 23-14-6. Carter Hutton made 20 saves.
Skinner scores 2 goals in Sabres’ 4-3 win over Panthers
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel's absence didn't prevent Buffalo's top line from carrying the load again.
Jeff Skinner scored twice, including his team-leading 28th goal, and Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist for the Sabres in a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
Ullmark makes 36 saves, Sabres shut out Ducks 3-0
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres had tired legs in the second game of a back-to-back set. Linus Ullmark, however, was rested and ready to go.
The backup goaltender made 36 saves in his second NHL shutout and the Sabres got goals from Rasmus Dahlin and Jeff Skinner in beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Saturday night to snap a two-game skid.
3rd-period burst leads Panthers to 5-2 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Florida Panthers got the third-period response they were looking for, and they continued their dominance over the Buffalo Sabres.
Evgenii Dadonov had two goals and an assist, including the go-ahead tally on a penalty shot, as the Panthers scored three quick goals to open the final period and picked up their seventh straight win over the Sabres, 5-2 on Tuesday night. Florida had previously been outscored 42-23 in the third period, the worst margin in the NHL.
Skinner, Eichel score twice as Sabres top Bruins 4-2
BOSTON (AP) — Jack Eichel fondly remembers sitting with his dad in the TD Garden stands, watching his favorite hockey players.
The 22-year-old from nearby North Chelmsford was the star attraction Sunday night, and he didn't disappoint.
Eichel had two goals and two assists, including the primary helper on Jeff Skinner's winning goal with 3:13 remaining, to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Boston Bruins 4-2.
Skinner scores 22nd goal, Sabres beat Coyotes 3-1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres didn't need overtime, for a change.
Jeff Skinner got his 22nd goal of the season, Casey Mittelstadt and Evan Rodrigues also scored and the Sabres beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Thursday night for their second consecutive victory.
Skinner seals Sabres comeback in 4-3 OT win over Kings
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rather than lament another sloppy performance after being booed off the ice at the end of the second period, Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres decided to do something about it.
Eichel scored and had a hand in setting up Jeff Skinner's power-play goal 1:49 into overtime, and the Sabres overcame a two-goal deficit in the third to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Sabres top Sharks 3-2 in OT, winning streak reaches 10 games
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres had to go to overtime after squandering a two-goal lead in the third period, but they still made it a perfect 10.
Jeff Skinner scored his team-leading 19th goal 1:19 into overtime, and the Sabres won their 10th straight by beating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Rasmus Ristolainen scored off a deke around Brent Burns, and Nathan Beaulieu also scored for Buffalo, which hasn't lost since Nov. 4.
Sabres win 10th straight by beating Sharks 3-2 in OT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Perfect it wasn't. The Buffalo Sabres still made it to 10.
After squandering a 2-0 lead in the final 8½ minutes of the third period, Jeff Skinner scored 1:41 into overtime to seal a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
"Well, you can count the gray hairs on the back of my head," coach Phil Housley said with a chuckle. "But the guys dug in."
Sabres beat Red Wings 3-2 in shootout for 9th straight win
DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres continue to find ways to win.
Sam Reinhart and Tage Thompson scored in a seven-round shootout to give the Sabres their ninth consecutive victory, 3-2 over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Buffalo (16-6-2) is one win away from its franchise record of 10.
Skinner leads Sabres past Canadiens 3-2, winning streak at 8
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner scored 3:06 into overtime after getting the tying goal late in regulation, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Friday for their eighth straight victory.
Buffalo's win streak is the longest in the NHL and the team's best stretch since winning 10 in a row to start the 2006-07 season. Casey Mittelstadt also scored for the Sabres, and Carter Hutton made 31 saves.
Sabres beat Canadiens 3-2 for 8th straight win
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner's second effort extended the NHL's longest win streak.
Skinner scored 3:06 into overtime after getting the tying goal late in regulation, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Friday for their eighth straight win.
It's the longest streak for Buffalo since winning 10 games in a row to start the 2006-07 season. That also was the last season the Sabres (15-6-2) had this many victories after 23 games.
Sabres score 4 in 1st, beat Flyers 5-2 for 7th straight
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tired of coming from behind during their NHL-best winning streak, the Buffalo Sabres went out and did something about it.
Jeff Skinner and the Sabres got off to a fast start Wednesday night as Buffalo scored four first-period goals on its way to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
It was a dynamic outburst from the league's hottest team, which has won seven in a row.
Hutton stops 29 shots in Sabres’ 2-1 win over Lightning
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Frantic as the final minute appeared, Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton reveled in the challenge of staring down Nikita Kucherov and the high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning.
"It was mayhem," Hutton said after stopping 29 shots to preserve a 2-1 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Lightning on Tuesday night.
"Truthfully, you embrace the battle," he added. "You get to show what you're made of and it was fun."
Sabres rally late to beat Canucks 4-3 in shootout
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Reinhart returned after getting his lip stitched up to lead the Buffalo Sabres in a comeback victory.
Reinhart tied it with 1:47 left in regulation, 40 seconds after he set up Jeff Skinner's goal, and Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt scored in the shootout to lift the Sabres over the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Saturday.
Ristolainen goal in OT gives Sabres 6-5 win over Canadiens
MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price put all the blame on himself for Montreal's latest loss.
Rasmus Ristolainen scored at 1:38 of overtime to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-5 victory over the Canadiens on Thursday night.
Vladimir Sobotka and Jeff Skinner each scored twice and Conor Sheary added a goal for the Sabres.
Linus Ullmark gave up five goals on 32 shots through two periods. Carter Hutton came in and made five saves in the third.
Okposo’s late goal lifts Sabres to 4-3 win over Canadiens
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Pominville acknowledged this was a game the Buffalo Sabres would have lost last season.
Kyle Okposo scored on a power play with 1:01 left in the third period, and the Sabres rallied from three one-goal deficits to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Thursday night.
Resilient Sabres rally past Ducks, end trip with 4-2 win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' West Coast trip was in danger of slipping off the rails before they got right back on track with a Southern California sweep.
Rasmus Ristolainen scored a tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, and the Sabres rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.
Skinner’s hat trick leads Sabres over struggling Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Skinner scored three goals for his fifth career hat trick and the Buffalo Sabres' reconfigured top line keyed a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists for his 700th career point, and Jack Eichel added three assists after Sabres coach Phil Housley shuffled his lines in an effort to revive an offense that was held to one goal in three of the past four games.
Skinner scores 3 to lead Sabres to 5-1 win over Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley had to shake things up, shuffling his lines against the Los Angeles Kings an effort to revive an offense that was held to one goal in three of the past four games.
The moves paid off, especially the new first line of Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Jack Eichel.
Skinner scored three goals for his fifth career hat trick and the Sabres' reconfigured top line keyed a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Top pick Dahlin scores first goal, Sabres beat Coyotes 3-0
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Five games into his first NHL season, rookie Rasmus Dahlin has his first career goal.
The 18-year-old defenseman, the first overall pick in this year's NHL draft, put in a rebound 2:45 into the game. It proved to be all the Buffalo Sabres needed in a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.
Rasmus Dahlin scores 1st goal, Sabres beat Islanders
OSHAWA, Ontario (AP) — No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin scored his first goal for Buffalo, Jeff Skinner connected twice and the Sabres beat the New York Islanders 5-4 in exhibition play Friday night at Tribute Communities Centre.
Brendan Guhle also Casey Nelson scored for Buffalo, and Carter Hutton made 27 saves.
Anders Lee scored twice, and Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock added goals for the Islanders.
All eyes are on Sabres rookie Rasmus Dahlin in Buffalo
LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
Hurricanes hope new faces lead to end of playoff drought
LAST SEASON: 36-35-11, 83 points. Sixth in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: Rod Brind'Amour (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: F Andrei Svechnikov, D Dougie Hamilton, D Calvin de Haan, G Petr Mrazek.
LOST: G Cam Ward, F Jeff Skinner, F Elias Lindholm, D Noah Hanifin.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The trade to the Buffalo Sabres happened so suddenly, forward Jeff Skinner hasn't had time to think about his contract status.
For now, Skinner is focused on becoming acclimated to Buffalo and his new teammates, rather than what might be in store for the three-time 30-goal-scorer once the final year of his contract expires next summer and he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Sabres acquire Jeff Skinner in trade with Hurricanes
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres general manager Jason Botterill continued fulfilling an offseason objective to shake up a team that finished last for the third time in five years, acquiring playmaking forward Jeff Skinner in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The New York Rangers have known for a while they won't make the playoffs. They made it official that the Carolina Hurricanes won't, either.
Ryan Sproul scored and Kevin Hayes added a short-handed goal, and the Rangers beat the Hurricanes 2-1 on Saturday night to eliminate them from the playoff race.
Hurricanes spoil Karlsson’s return, beat Senators 5-2
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes keep trying to do their part to preserve their slim playoff hopes.
Phillip Di Giusseppe and Jordan Staal each had a goal and assist to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Brock McGinn, Noah Hanifin and Jeff Skinner also scored, and Cam Ward stopped 34 shots as Carolina remained nine points behind New Jersey, which also won, for the last wild card in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining.
Carolina beats Coyotes 6-5 after giving up weird goal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Cam Ward allowed an early goal when the puck stuck in his skate. With Arizona trying to force overtime, the Carolina goalie used his glove to prevent another one.
Jeff Skinner scored his second goal with 1:58 left, and the Hurricanes beat the Coyotes 6-5 on Thursday night despite giving up a weird goal with a puck lodged in Ward's skate.
"That first one was probably one of the weirdest goals I've ever seen," Skinner said. "You stick with it, though, and it paid off for us."
Faulk’s hat trick helps Hurricanes rout Kings 7-3
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Even as an offensive-minded defenseman, earning a hat trick never really entered Justin Faulk's mind.
That changed Tuesday night.
Faulk had his first career hat trick, Jeff Skinner scored twice, and the Carolina Hurricanes routed the short-handed Los Angeles Kings 7-3.
Faulk's three goals came in a span of 12:21 as Carolina raced out to a 5-0 lead. He became the 10th defenseman in NHL history to score a natural hat trick.