Buffalo Sabres demote center Tage Thompson to minors
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have demoted center Tage Thompson to the minors.
Thompson is being sent down to AHL Rochester while in the midst of a 23-game goal drought. The...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues paid a big price to obtain Ryan O'Reilly and it's already looking like a bargain.
O'Reilly, Ivan Barbashev and Zach Sanford scored to help the Blues beat...
Wild captain Koivu to miss rest of season with knee injury
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament and cartilage in his right knee in an on-ice collision, a major setback for a team with a tenuous hold on a playoff spot.
The 35-year-old Koivu tore his ACL and meniscus and will have surgery on Friday, the Wild announced on Wednesday. He was hurt Tuesday night at Buffalo when he collided with Sabres forward Tage Thompson in the first period of Minnesota's 5-4 shootout loss.
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.
Lightning end Sabres’ winning streak at 10 games
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette broke a tie with 5:41 left and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Buffalo Sabres' franchise-record-tying winning streak at 10 games with a 5-4 victory Thursday night.
Paquette beat Carter Hutton from then top of the left circle.
Dan Girardi, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos also scored, and Luis Domingue made saves. Sam Reinhart had two goals for Buffalo, and Zemgus Girgensons and Tage Thompson also scored.
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.
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.
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.
O’Reilly’s hat trick leads St. Louis over Carolina 4-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly saw all the hats flying on the ice and had to think for a moment about what to do.
O'Reilly notched his first NHL hat trick and Robby Fabbri added his first goal in almost two years, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
"It's never happened before, so I didn't know how to act," O'Reilly said. "It's been a really long time. I saw a lot of nice hats out there on the ice."
Blues thinking big after active offseason
ST. LOUIS BLUES
LAST SEASON: 44-32-6, 94 points. Finished fourth in Central Division, one point shy of a playoff spot.
COACH: Mike Yeo (second full season, eighth NHL season).
ADDED: C Ryan O'Reilly, C Tyler Bozak, F David Perron, F Patrick Maroon, G Chad Johnson.
LOST: F Vladimir Sobotka, F Patrik Berglund, F Tage Thompson.
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.
Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs down Sabres 5-3
John Tavares scored his first two goals on home ice with the Maple Leafs and Toronto defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in preseason play on Friday night.
Ron Hainsey, Pierre Engvall and Chris Mueller also scored for the Leafs. Curtis McElhinney stopped all 20 shots he faced after replacing Garret Sparks, who made nine saves, midway through the second period.
Andrew Oglevie, C.J. Smith and Tage Thompson scored for the Sabres. Linus Ullmark made 27 saves in taking the loss.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — As the son of a journeyman hockey player and eventual coach, Buffalo Sabres newly acquired forward Tage Thompson became accustomed to never staying put in one place for too long.
"I'm not sure the amount of states I've lived in," Thompson said Monday, in recalling how he attended nine schools by the time he began his junior year at a high school in Michigan.
"Almost a new school every year," he added. "So, I've moved around quite a bit."
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A person with direct knowledge of the trade tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres acquired two draft picks, including a 2019 first-rounder, and three players in dealing center Ryan O'Reilly to the St. Louis Blues.
Buffalo also acquired veteran centers Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund, and center Tage Thompson, the Blues first-round pick in the 2016 draft.
Buffalo also acquired a second-round selection in 2021.
BRIDGEPORT — Webster Bank Arena has been one of his hockey homes for the past five years as Tage Thompson grew from lanky teenager to NHL first-round draft pick.
Playing a game on that rink, with UConn on Thursday night, was a little different, but in a year that has taken him all over, a little bit of home was nice.
“It was really fun, actually,” Thompson said after the Huskies beat Maine 6-3; Thompson, a sophomore, scored his team’s third and sixth goals.
Sound Tigers coach Thompson proud as son Tage becomes ‘part of history’
BRIDGEPORT — Blood was more important than birthplace for Brent Thompson on Thursday night. His older son, Tage, was playing for the World Junior Championship, and Tage’s team was facing Brent’s native land.
“I’m Canadian,” Brent Thompson said Friday after he’d put his Bridgeport Sound Tigers through a hard practice at the Wonderland of Ice. “But I was cheering for the USA last night.”
“Traitor,” jabbed his assistant coaches from around the room.