BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' dreadful second-half free-fall left general manager Jason Botterill no choice but to fire coach Phil Housley after his second year on the job.
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...
Reinhart’s shootout winner lifts Sabres over Blues 4-3
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Reinhart came up just short of ending the Buffalo Sabres' seven-game winless streak in overtime.
Sabres acquire defenseman Montour in trade with Ducks
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres coach Phil Housley's blue line received another injection of speed and offense with the acquisition of Brandon Montour in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday...
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’ Okposo feels good as he recovers from 3rd concussion
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo tells The Associated Press he's feeling good while recovering from his third concussion in less than three years.
Sabres’ Okposo sent home 3 days after being punched in face
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has been sent home for further medical evaluation three days after being punched in the face during a fight with the New York Rangers' Tony DeAngelo.
Sabres’ power play, Ullmark spark 3-1 win over Red Wings
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A day after the Sabres clarified several comments made off the ice, coach Phil Housley was impressed watching his team clean up its various mistakes and deficiencies on it.
The power-play got goals from Casey Mittelstadt and Kyle Okposo, goalie Linus Ullmark didn't have to resort to acrobatics in stopping 28 shots behind a tighter-checking defense, and Buffalo beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Saturday.
Reinhart scores to give Sabres 5-4 shootout win over Wild
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres coach Phil Housley could overlook the blown leads and the defensive miscues.
What mattered more was how Buffalo persevered behind goalie Linus Ullmark's 41 saves and forward Sam Reinhart capping a two-point game by scoring the lone shootout goal in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
"We've got to learn to tighten it up, but I'll give the guys credit, we found a way to win," Housley said.
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.
Sabres captain Eichel to miss at least 2 games with injury
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel will miss at least two games with an upper body injury.
Coach Phil Housley didn't reveal the nature of the injury except to list Eichel as day to day ahead of Buffalo's home game against Florida on Thursday. Eichel will miss Buffalo's game at Boston on Saturday before having the injury re-evaluated.
He's been out since aggravating the injury in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday.
Sabres center Eichel ruled out after leaving in 1st period
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres say captain Jack Eichel went to the dressing room in the first period of Monday's game against the New York Islanders and will not return.
It's unclear what caused Eichel to leave the game.
Eichel was designated as a game-time decision by coach Phil Housley following Buffalo's morning skate. But the center started and played four shifts totaling 2:42 in the first period. Eichel also sat out Sunday's practice.
Sabres’ Berglund clears waivers; contract will be terminated
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are set to terminate the remaining three-and-a-half seasons of Patrik Berglund's contract after the forward cleared 24-hour waivers.
The Sabres waived Berglund on Wednesday after suspending him for failing to report to the team for its road game at Washington on Saturday.
Berglund missed five games, including two last week when coach Phil Housley said the player was sidelined by an illness.
Sabres place suspended Berglund on unconditional waivers
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have placed suspended forward Patrik Berglund on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.
The team declined further comment in announcing the move Wednesday. Berglund was suspended by Sabres on Saturday for failing to report to the team for its road game at Washington.
He missed the team's last five games, including two last week when coach Phil Housley said Berglund was sidelined by an illness.
Sabres suspend Berglund for failing to report to team
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have suspended forward Patrick Berglund indefinitely for failing to report to the team.
The Sabres announced the suspension Saturday, hours before facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. Berglund missed the past two games with what coach Phil Housley initially called an illness.
Sabres sending Matt Hunwick to AHL on rehab assignment
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are sending Matt Hunwick to the minors on a rehabilitation assignment in the veteran defenseman's next step in recovering from a neck injury he sustained last summer.
Coach Phil Housley said Hunwick will play at least one and possibly two games for Buffalo's American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, New York. Rochester plays home games on Wednesday and Friday.
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."
Eichel’s OT winner lifts Sabres by reeling Penguins 5-4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres might be for real. The Pittsburgh Penguins might be in real trouble.
The proof came over the final 30 minutes of Buffalo's rousing 5-4 overtime victory on Monday night. The Sabres reeled off the final four goals, the last on a shot from the right circle by Jake Eichel that squirted past Casey DeSmith 45 seconds into the extra period to give Buffalo its sixth straight win.
Pominville’s goal completes comeback as Sabres beat Wild 3-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A year after finishing with the worst record in the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres are making a habit of rallying in their second year under coach Phil Housley.
Jason Pominville scored with 1:30 remaining and Buffalo extended its winning streak to five games with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Sheary scores in 7th round of shootout, Sabres beat Jets 2-1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Conor Sheary and Carter Hutton gave the surging Buffalo Sabres another full two points in the standings.
Sheary scored in the seventh round of a shootout, Hutton stopped 25 shots and the Sabres beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Sheary beat Laurent Brossoit with a shot over the goalie's glove.
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.
Okposo: Players need to buy in for Sabres fortunes to change
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An offseason of soul-searching led forward Kyle Okposo to realize a roster overhaul alone wasn't going to improve the Buffalo Sabres' fortunes.
Okposo figured out that he and other team leaders would also have to change their approach. They had to buy in mentally and physically if Buffalo stood a chance of climbing out of a rut after finishing last in for the third time in five years.
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.
Sabres list Sheary week to week with upper body injury
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Conor Sheary is in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season with what the team calls an upper body injury.
Coach Phil Housley didn't go into much detail Tuesday, saying Sheary was injured while being checked during the first day of training camp on Friday. Sheary is listed week to week.
New Housley campaign ad features NHL Hall of Fame husband
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Karin Housley launched a campaign ad Friday that invokes her husband's hockey celebrity as she tries to close the gap in her race with Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith.
The ad, which is set in a hockey rink, features Housley speaking to the camera about learning the values of "work hard, play fair and do the right thing."
Sabres hire Steve Smith to coaching staff
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley has hired Steve Smith to his staff.
Smith was a three-time Stanley Cup winner in Edmonton during a 16-year career, also playing for the Blackhawks and Flames. He has nine years of experience as an NHL assistant, including the past four in Carolina.
Smith will oversee the Sabres defensemen, a group expected to include Rasmus Dahlin, the first player selected in the draft last month.
Sabres clinch 31st following 4-2 loss to Senators
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Three years after bottoming out, the Buffalo Sabres found a way to achieve a new low.
A 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night assured Buffalo of becoming the NHL's first team to finish 31st following this season's addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Buffalo coach Phil Housley says Victor Antipin is doing good but the Sabres will know more Sunday about the defenseman who was taken off the ice on a stretcher to a local hospital.
"As far as I know, he's doing well right now," Housley said Saturday night after Buffalo's 7-4 win over Nashville. "He went to the hospital, that's all I know right now. I haven't talked to our doctors or trainers."
The Sabres later tweeted that Antipin was released from the hospital.
TORONTO (AP) — Looking to extend one franchise mark and set another, the Toronto Maple Leafs entered Monday 25 spots ahead of the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL standings.
That didn't matter to Jack Eichel.
The Sabres star scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to lift last-place Buffalo over the Maple Leafs 3-2 and end Toronto's club-record home winning streak at 13 games.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with his second concussion in less than a year.
Okposo was hurt when he and Senators forward Bobby Ryan didn't see each other and collided early in the second period of Buffalo's 4-3 shootout win at Ottawa on Thursday.
Coach Phil Housley on Friday said he was encouraged by how Okposo looked on the team's flight home.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Robin Lehner always enjoys playing against his former team. Picking up a 4-3 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday made it that much more enjoyable.
Lehner stopped two of three shooters in the shootout to improve to 6-0-3 against the Senators since being traded to the Sabres in 2015.
"We needed this win and it was a pretty fun game," said Lehner, who made 37 saves.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres long ago fell out of playoff contention. They still might be a factor in the postseason.
Jason Pominville scored on a power play at 1:26 of overtime to give the Sabres a 2-1 victory over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
Pominville beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a one-timer from the left circle off a feed from Rasmus Ristolainen.
Evan Rodrigues tied it for Buffalo in the third, and Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots.
Sabres sit Evander Kane with NHL trade deadline looming
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres held out forward Evander Kane from Saturday night's matchup against the Washington Capitals.
Kane acknowledged this past week he expects to be dealt before the NHL trade deadline on Monday.
Kane is second on Buffalo with 20 goals behind the injured Jack Eichel and is third in points (44) behind Eichel and Ryan O'Reilly.
The productive left wing has scored at least 20 goals in all three seasons with the Sabres.
Sabres’ Eichel out 4 to 6 weeks with sprained right ankle
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres forward Jack Eichel has a sprained right ankle and coach Phil Housley says it's premature to rule out Buffalo's leading scorer for the remainder of the season.
Wilson helps Sabres cool off Rask, Bruins in 4-2 victory
BOSTON (AP) — Buffalo star Jack Eichel went down with an injury and his teammates responded with one of their best performances of the season.
Scott Wilson had a goal and an assist during Buffalo's big second period, helping the Sabres cool off Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night.
"I thought the guys made a terrific effort tonight," Buffalo coach Phil Housley said. "One of the best games I've seen us check."
Leadership, accountability still issues with slumping Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A lack of player leadership and accountability were among the criticisms which led to the Buffalo Sabres cleaning house in April.
Very little has changed 10 months into the Sabres' new regime of general manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley in overseeing a team that ranks last in the Eastern Conference and 30th overall.
Lehner earns 2nd straight shutout, Sabres beat Canucks 4-0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Robin Lehner and the Buffalo Sabres have gotten pretty stingy lately.
Lehner made 30 saves for his second straight shutout and the Sabres blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Thursday night.
"We didn't give them too much defensively," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "We were really tight to our net and we tried to protect Robin as best we could," said Sabres coach Phil Housley. "And when we needed a save, Robin was big tonight.
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian to miss 4-6 weeks
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss between four and six weeks with an injury to his lower left leg.
Coach Phil Housley provided the update Thursday morning before the Sabres' home game against Columbus.
Bogosian was hurt in practice a day earlier while battling for the puck along the boards with forward Evander Kane. Bogosian fell awkwardly in the corner and had difficulty placing any weight on his left leg while being helped off the ice.
Tempers flare between Sabres’ Kane, Falk during practice
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley is OK with tempers flaring on his struggling team after forward Evander Kane and defenseman Justin Falk had to be separated following a brief shoving match during practice.
Housley says it was "good to see some emotion" when asked about the skirmish on Wednesday.
Rasmus Ristolainen scores in OT, Sabres beat Devils 4-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A coach's challenge by Phil Housley saved the game for the Buffalo Sabres.
Rasmus Ristolainen scored 2:37 into overtime to give the Sabres a 4-3 victory over New Jersey on Friday night, snapping the Devils' winning streak at five games.
The game probably wouldn't have gotten that far, if not for Housley's challenge that nullified a potential go-ahead goal by New Jersey's Taylor Hall.
Kane has goal, assist in Sabres’ 4-2 win over Flyers
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo coach Phil Housley spent the past few days urging the Sabres to shoot from any angle in a bid to spark the team's slow-starting offense.
Ryan O'Reilly validated Housley's message by scoring on a bad-angle shot Friday night, sparking a four-goal third period for Buffalo in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
1st Republican enters race to complete Franken’s Senate term
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state lawmaker launched a special election bid for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's seat on Tuesday, the first Republican to enter a 10-month sprint to Election Day that could still attract bigger GOP names.
Pouliot scores twice, Sabres beat Coyotes 5-4
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres had what appeared to be a comfortable lead, up 5-1 headed into the game's final 10 minutes.
Then Arizona scored a goal to turn up the pressure. Another tightened it even more. By the time the Coyotes scored with under a minute left, the Sabres were just hanging on.
Benoit Pouliot had two goals and an assist, and Buffalo held off Arizona's furious late charge to beat the Coyotes 5-4 on Thursday night.
O’Reilly scores in OT to rally Sabres past Bruins, 5-4
BOSTON (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres hope their exciting victory can turn around what's been a slow start so far.
Ryan O'Reilly scored 2:59 into overtime to give the Sabres a 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, capping a comeback from a pair of three-goal deficits.
Johnson makes 25 saves, Sabres beat Ducks 3-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Phil Housley finally got win No. 1 with the Buffalo Sabres.
Chad Johnson made 25 saves, Benoit Pouliot scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Sabres beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Sunday night for Housley's first victory as an NHL coach.
"It feels great, obviously," Housley said. "But I have to tip my hat to the guys in that locker room."
Meier breaks tie as Sharks top Sabres 3-2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks felt some urgency going into Thursday night, and they responded.
Timo Meier scored late in the second period, lifting the Sharks over Jason Pominville and the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.
The Sharks were winless after two lackluster home games to start the season.
Drouin scores to seal Canadiens 3-2 shootout win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jonathan Drouin scored the lone shootout goal in rallying the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Phillip Danault forced overtime by scoring a short-handed goal on a wraparound with 11:59 left. Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal. Carey Price stopped 43 shots through overtime and all three shootout attempts following an offseason in which he signed an eight-year, $84 million contract.