Stamkos breaks late tie, Lightning beat Sabres 5-3
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Steven Stamkos broke a tie with 5:16 remaining in the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan also scored, and Louis Domingue stopped 30 shots. The Lightning have won 18 of their last 20.
Sam Reinhart, Tage Thompson and Marco Scandella scored for Buffalo.
Eichel scores 2 in Sabres’ 4-2 win over Golden Knights
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel helped the Buffalo Sabres end a long drought without a winning record.
Eichel, the Sabres' 21-year-old captain, scored two goals in a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.
With its second straight victory, Buffalo (2-1-0) has more wins than losses for the first time since the third game of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Sabres spoil Nash’s debut with retooled Bruins
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Benoit Pouliot and Kyle Okposo scored on consecutive shots in the first period and the Buffalo Sabres beat retooled Boston 4-1 on Sunday in forward Rick Nash's Bruins debut.
Evan Rodrigues and Marco Scandella also scored, and Chad Johnson stopped 34 shots. The Sabres snapped an 0-5-2 home skid against the Bruins.
Sabres beat Bruins 4-1 in Rick Nash’s debut for Boston
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Okposo and the Eastern Conference's last-place Buffalo Sabres head into the uncertainty of the NHL's trade deadline sure of one thing.
They were better than the retooled Bruins by beating them 4-1 to spoil forward Rick Nash's Boston debut.
What happens before the trade deadline hits Monday is anyone's guess with the Sabres anticipated to make several deals, including one involving forward Evander Kane.
Scandella scores in OT to give Sabres 3-2 win over Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — Evander Kane showed his skill, scoring a wraparound goal under the watchful eye of many NHL teams evaluating him in person.
Kane had a go-ahead goal late in the second period and Marco Scandella scored with a second left in overtime, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
Detroit — The Red Wings have talked the past few days about not quitting on the season and playing desperate hockey while getting into the playoff chase.
Wild’s talent stream has dried up in recent seasons
An influx of youth and veteran talent came to the Wild during the labor-shortened 2012-13 season. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signed identical 13-year deals over the July 4th holiday. Jason Pominville was acquired during the season in a trade.
Former Wild player Jason Pominville, back with Sabres, sees better days ahead for Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. It was Jan. 15, 2015.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk made his Wild debut after a red-eye journey from Arizona to Buffalo to join the team on the heels of a trade with the Coyotes.
Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella fined $5,000 for slash
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Wednesday for a two-handed slash on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist.
The slash occurred during the second period of Pittsburgh's 5-4 overtime win Tuesday night. The two were battling for position in front of the Sabres' net, when Scandella nearly lost his balance after being shoved by Hornqvist. Scandella turned and, with two hands on his stick, chopped down on Hornqvist's right ankle.
The Wild are loaded again, starting Boudreau’s 2nd season
LAST SEASON: 49-25-8, 106 points. Won Metropolitan Division. Lost 4-1 to St. Louis Blues in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (second season, 11th NHL season).
ADDED: C Matt Cullen, LW Marcus Foligno, RW Tyler Ennis, D Kyle Quincey.
LOST: D Marco Scandella, RW Jason Pominville, C Erik Haula, C Martin Hanzal, D Christian Folin, D Nate Prosser, C Ryan White, G Darcy Kuemper.
Sabres’ fresh start features motivated Jack Eichel
LAST SEASON: 33-37-12, 78 points. Finished last in Atlantic Division and 15th in Eastern Conference, extending playoff drought to sixth consecutive season.
COACH: Phil Housley (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: GM Jason Botterill, Ds Marco Scandella, Nathan Beaulieu and Victor Antipin, RW Jason Pominville, LW Benoit Pouliot, G Chad Johnson.
LOST: RW Brian Gionta, LWs Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis and William Carrier, Ds Cody Franson and Dmitry Kulikov, G Anders Nilsson.
Housley back in Buffalo, eager for up-tempo stamp on Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Sabres' new-look blue-line is already making a good impression on rookie coach Phil Housley even before Buffalo opens training camp.
"I thought I hit a long drive on the long-drive hole, and I was 10 yards behind Ryan O'Reilly," Housley said Thursday, a day after the team's annual golf tournament. "But I found out that Marco Scandella blew one past him. That was good to see a D-man hit a long drive."
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Zach Palmquist to a one-year, two-way contract.
Palmquist will make $726,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL. The deal was done Wednesday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — As pleased as Jason Pominville was upon hearing he was returning to the Buffalo Sabres, it was nothing compared to the excitement of his son, Jayden.
"My little guy already has his (Sabres) jersey on right now," Pominville said Friday, shortly after the former Sabres captain and defenseman Marco Scandella were acquired in a trade with Minnesota. "My little kid said, 'You're going to have a chance to play with Jack Eichel.' So he's pumped."
Wild lose center Haula, trade prospect Tuch to Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have traded prospect Alex Tuch to Vegas, as compensation for the Golden Knights agreeing to pick center Erik Haula instead of another player in the expansion draft.
The Wild received a third-round draft pick, either this year or next, in the deal finalized Wednesday.
Haula had a career-high 15 goals in 72 games this season. His playing time decreased after the acquisition of veteran Eric Staal, who was also left unprotected.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There were many years in Minnesota Wild history when assembling a list of their top 10 players would have been a breeze.
That was the biggest challenge this offseason.
The downside to the roster depth the Wild have built has arrived this week in the form of the NHL expansion draft, which will rob them of a valuable player on Wednesday night when the Vegas Golden Knights construct their inaugural team with one player from each of the other 30 clubs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have exposed defensemen Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella and forwards Erik Haula and Eric Staal for the NHL expansion draft.
The league announced Sunday protected players from the 30 existing teams for the Vegas Golden Knights, who join the NHL this season. The expansion draft takes place Wednesday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left hip.
The Wild announced that Scandella's surgery Tuesday went as planned, performed by Dr. Chris Larson. Scandella is expected to be ready for action by the start of next season.
Nikita Kucherov scores twice, Lightning beat Wild 4-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up two big points in the standings, but may have lost three centers to injuries Thursday night.
Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, the first on a power play less than seven minutes into the game, and the Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1.
Nikita Kucherov scores twice, Lightning beat Wild 4-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, the first on a power play less than seven minutes into the game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Thursday night.
Kucherov assisted a goal by Andrej Sustr, giving him nine goals and eight assists in his last eight games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy had 32 saves for the Lightning. He's 4-0-1 since the trade of Ben Bishop to Los Angeles, and the Lightning are 9-2-3 in their last 14 games.
Wild chase Lundqvist, beat Rangers 7-4 for 10th straight win
NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Wild are red hot.
So, too, is New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. For a completely different reason.
Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter and Marco Scandella scored in a 5-minute span early in the second period, and the Wild beat the Rangers 7-4 on Friday night for their franchise-record 10th straight win.
Parise week to week for Wild with lower body injury
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Zach Parise will miss the Minnesota Wild's game Saturday night against the Dallas Stars and is week to week with a lower body injury.
The Wild say Parise was injured during a 4-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday night. The seven-time All-Star is second on Minnesota in scoring with two goals and four assists, and he got his 300th career goal last Sunday. He missed last season's playoffs with a back injury.