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Die By The Blade Apr 14, 2014

Sabres Links: The season has ended, the playoffs are set, and Robitaille's send off

Well it's hard to say it's been a fun one, but we got through it. The 2013-2014 season has finally come to an end, and now we move on to the off-season. With the current state of the team, this is when things could finally get interesting. Sabres Links The Sabres season came to a poetic end as Ville Leino was unable to save the team in the shootout [Sabres.com, Lighthouse Hockey] It was fight night in Buffalo, as three different tussles broke out. The first was John Scott vs. Justin Johnson, the second was Zenon Konopka vs. Brett Gallant, and the final being Nick Deslauriers vs. Scott...

Sabres vs. Islanders recap: Sabres give their fans something to appreciate despite 4-3 shootout loss

The Sabres gave fans a reminder of what fun hockey looks like in a game that perfectly summed up this crazy season in so many ways. Sometimes after big moments, months, or years, it's important to step back, take a breath, and really reflect on what just happened, rather than get caught up in the moment and rely on knee-jerk reactions to guide your thoughts. The 2013-14 Buffalo Sabres season is not one of those cases; what the team and their fans just went through will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst and weirdest seasons in franchise history. But tonight, in the final game of the...
Dominik / Lighthouse Hockey Apr 13, 2014
New York Islanders 4*, Buffalo Sabres 3 (*SO): Johnson-Scott fight, Lee's pair, 26th place and such

New York Islanders 4*, Buffalo Sabres 3 (*SO): Johnson-Scott fight, Lee's pair, 26th place and such

The Isles and Sabres met to close out the season, and it was everything you thought it would be. The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres, or AHL injury replacement facsmiles thereof, concluded the regrettable 2013-14 season in Buffalo Sunday. Though they didn't display great hockey, they gave fans 65 minutes plus the tie-breaking breakaway drill. And a bunch of fights. They played to 3-3 during regulation -- Anders Lee had two goals, one while fighting off three Sabres in front, one on a backhand that should have been stopped -- before Brock Nelson tied it late in the third to force...

Sabres vs. Islanders: Five questions with Lighthouse Hockey

Before the Sabres and Islanders take the ice for the final time this season, we asked Dominik over at Lighthouse Hockey five Islanders questions on trades, general managers, and the future of the franchise. 1. First, the question everyone in Buffalo is wondering - will Garth Snow give up his first round pick this year, or next? I don't see any way they would hand over this year's pick, given their position. To hand the 2014 pick would be tantamount to planning on another lottery finish next season, which ... they're obviously past that rebuild stage of expecting disaster. 2. The...
Sabres vs. Islanders Complete Coverage: The season finale

Sabres vs. Islanders Complete Coverage: The season finale

Here's our ongoing coverage of the thank-god-it's-finally-here last game of the Buffalo Sabres season. Game #82 Buffalo Sabres (21-51-9) vs. New York Islanders (33-37-11) Puck Drop - 5:00pm EST - First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY TV - MSG, Bell-TV | Radio - WGR 550 - AMSB Nation Islanders Blog - Lighthouse Hockey Three Questions 1. Who the heck is playing today?After suffering FIVE injuries yesterday against Boston, the Sabres are down to an absolute skeleton crew, cobbled together from Buffalo, Rochester, and the ECHL. The team has recalled Nicolas Deslauriers, Mark Pysyk, and...
Dominik / Lighthouse Hockey Apr 13, 2014
New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres: 5 Questions with Die By The Blade

New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres: 5 Questions with Die By The Blade

Chatting with the upstate version of the Islanders ca. 2009. The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres, the state's two worst hockey teams, close the book on quite regrettable (for different reasons) seasons in Buffalo tonight. The Sabres were always expected to be -- even planned to be -- bad this season, but they ended up being historically bad as they enter today with 51 points and 154 goals in 81 games. That cost them their general manager and coach (justifiably), a briefly returning hero (and former Islanders unperson), and two longtime stars who knew they'd be moved heading into this...

Sabres vs. Islanders preview: The season finale, fan appreciation night

We've finally reached the last game of the season, and isn't it just so fitting that the Sabres are facing the New York Islanders. Game #82 Buffalo Sabres (21-51-9) vs. New York Islanders (33-37-11) Puck Drop - 5:00pm EST - First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY TV - MSG, Bell-TV | Radio - WGR 550 - AMSB Nation Islanders Blog - Lighthouse Hockey Three Questions 1. Who the heck is playing today?After suffering FIVE injuries yesterday against Boston, the Sabres are down to an absolute skeleton crew, cobbled together from Buffalo, Rochester, and Gwinnett. The team has recalled Nicolas...
Die By The Blade Apr 13, 2014

Sabres Links: Fan appreciation night, Union wins NCAA Championship

It's the final day of the regular season in the NHL, college hockey just wrapped up last night, emotional retirement videos are starting to pop up. Sabres Links It's Fan Appreciation Night today at the First Niagara Center, and here's the lowdown on everything that's happening, including a contest for those of you watching on TV. [Sabres.com] Christian Ehrhoff, Matt D'Agostini, Brian Flynn, and Chris Stewart were injured, Jake McCabe and John Scott were tossed, and Connor Knapp got his first NHL action in the Sabres 4-1 loss to the Bruins. It was an interesting day....

Sabres at Bruins recap: Buffalo devastated by injuries, questionable calls in 4-1 loss

Is this season over yet? Just when you think it can't get any worse... It's one of the oldest cliches in the book, but I think it applies to this season, and in particular, today's Sabres game. It was bad enough pitting the 30th place team against the first place team to begin with, but by the end of the game, that 30th place team was down to almost half a team as injuries and ejections took an astonishing seven players off the ice en route to a 4-1 loss. The Sabres lost a number of players to injury, including Chris Stewart (ankle) Christian Ehrhoff (concussion) Matt D'Agostini (lower...
Die By The Blade Apr 12, 2014

Sabres Links: Assistant coaches likely gone, Quintal new head of safety, Malone arrested for DUI, cocaine

According to Paul Hamilton the Sabres will likely be replacing all of their assistant coaches next season. Is it the right move for Nolan and the team? Sabres Links Ted Nolan will likely let go of all of his coaching staff at the end of the season [WGR 550] The latest edition of Beyond Blue & Gold features Dominik Hasek and his Sabres Hall of Fame induction [Sabres TV] The Americans won their fourth in a row, a 3-1 victory over Toronto [Amerks.com] Around The League Brendan Quintal will take over as head of Department of Player safety after Brendan Shanahan's departure [NHL.com] Tampa...
Sabres at Rangers recap: Buffalo takes New York to the limit, lose 2-1

Sabres at Rangers recap: Buffalo takes New York to the limit, lose 2-1

A goal in the final two minutes and a god-awful second period did the Sabres in against the Rangers. The Buffalo Sabres are only playing for pride at this point, but you wouldn't know it by the way they took the playoff-bound New York Rangers all the way to the 58th minute before finally falling 2-1. The teams would alternate strong periods, with the Sabres (!) winning both the first and third in terms of shots and chances. However, the team that "lost" the second and third period in the regard would go on to be the team score in those periods. After a strong first period that saw the Corsi...

Sabres at Rangers Complete Coverage: Sabres lose 2-1 on late goal

They played well, but the result was the same for Buffalo. Game #80 Buffalo Sabres (21-49-9) at New York Rangers (44-31-5) Puck Drop - 7:00pm EST - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY TV - MSG, Bell-TV | Radio - WGR 550 - AMSB Nation Rangers Blog - Blueshirt Banter Three Questions 1. Can Drew Stafford pick up where he left off?Stafford has been Buffalo's best scorer over the second half of the season. With his return from injury, can he net a few more goals in the last three games to make us all feel a little better about next year? 2. Just how many shots will the Rangers have...
Blueshirt Banter Apr 10, 2014
Rangers Vs. Sabres Recap: Rangers Clinch Home Ice With 2-1 Win Over Sabres

Rangers Vs. Sabres Recap: Rangers Clinch Home Ice With 2-1 Win Over Sabres

The New York Rangers clinched home ice in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 win over Buffalo Sabres. The New York Rangers picked up two huge points tonight, and with a little help from the Tampa Bay Lightning, they have officially locked up the #2 seed in the Metro Division. This game started off very, very sluggish for the Rangers, as they basically let the Sabres roam free for a majority of the period. Henrik Lundqvist deserves a lot of praise as he once again kept the Rangers in that game in the early going. However, when you let the Sabres hang around for as long as they did...
Sabres at Rangers preview: Stafford returns, Hackett in net

Sabres at Rangers preview: Stafford returns, Hackett in net

The Sabres are slowly getting healthier as their year comes down to the final three games. Game #80 Buffalo Sabres (21-49-9) at New York Rangers (44-31-5) Puck Drop - 7:00pm EST - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY TV - MSG, Bell-TV | Radio - WGR 550 - AMSB Nation Rangers Blog - Blueshirt Banter Three Questions 1. Can Drew Stafford pick up where he left off?Stafford has been Buffalo's best scorer over the second half of the season. With his return from injury, can he net a few more goals in the last three games to make us all feel a little better about next year? 2. Just how many...

Sabres injury update: Myers done for season, Hackett to start the rest of the way

The Sabres are finally getting some bodies back, but for a few players, their summer starts early. With the season winding down, the Buffalo Sabres injury list is mercifully getting shorter thanks to the recent return of Chris Stewart, Torrey Mitchell, Marcus Foligno, Zenon Konopka, and tonight, Drew Stafford. However, a few nuggets came out of yesterday's practice regarding the fates of some other injured players and injury call-ups. Tyler Myers is done for the season. Myers was injured on March 25 after having a collision with the goal post, but Ted Nolan would prefer him to rest now...
Die By The Blade Apr 10, 2014

Sabres Links: Amerks get reinforcements, Detroit and Columbus clinch, league front office moves

The Sabres may be out of the playoffs, but the Rochester Americans are still in the hunt. They will get some much needed help in their quest from Deslauriers and Larsson in addition to Mike Zigomanis returning from injury. Sabres Links Drew Stafford and Henrik Tallinder close to returning, Johan Larsson and Nicolas Deslauriers sent down to Rochester [Buffalo News] Schopp: The Sabres keyword is optimism [WGR 550] Gleason: Pegula has desire, but a lousy plan [Buffalo News] Prospects Report: William Carrier returns, Zadorov has an assist [Sabres Prospects] Around The League The Canucks...
Die By The Blade Apr 9, 2014

2014 NHL Draft: The case against drafting Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad has had an impressive OHL campaign, but it would be in the Sabres best interest to pass on the young defenseman. Yesterday the final Central Scouting rankings were released, with Sam Bennett finishing on top. However, who the best overall player in this year's draft isn't certain and can vary depending who you ask. It tends to come down to three names, Bennett, Aaron Ekblad, and Sam Reinhart. Ekblad has had a very impressive season with the Barrie Colts, scoring 23 goals and 30 assists in 58 games. A real two-way defenseman, he was voted the OHL's top defensive and offensive...
Die By The Blade Apr 9, 2014

Red Wings vs Sabres Recap: Sabres Falter In 4-2 Loss To Detroit

The Buffalo Sabres drop another game on the 2013-14 season, this time a 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings The Detroit Red Wings came into Buffalo with a chance to get closer to their 23rd straight playoff appearance. The Buffalo Sabres are just trying to survive until the end of the season as 11 players were scratches heading into the game due to various injuries. This game has the making of most of the 78 other games we have seen the Sabres play this season and for the most part didn't disappoint with a 4-2 Red Wings victory. The first period played out as methodical as a period of hockey...
Winging It In Motown Apr 9, 2014

CSSI Analysis: Red Wings 4 - Sabres 2

With their magic number sitting at three points (earned or lose by their chasers), the Wings took on a very injured Buffalo Sabres team looking to build a bit of pride going into next season. The game was closer than it should have been, but ended in the good guys' favor by a score of 4-2. The refs let a bunch of stuff go. I thought for sure that a few Red Wings' hooks were going to draw penalties, but they didn't. I also thought that two plays which very well could have earned misconducts for the Sabres were called too leniently (one was only called a minor and the other wasn't called at...
Die By The Blade Apr 8, 2014
Sabres Links: Rinaldo suspended, Lieuwen and Ruhwedel both concussed, Foligno to play

Sabres Links: Rinaldo suspended, Lieuwen and Ruhwedel both concussed, Foligno to play

Despite some thinking that Foligno would be out for the long term, he's already ready to play again. Lieuwen and Ruhwedel aren't so lucky, due to both suffering concussions. Sabres Links Nathan Lieuwen and Chad Ruhwedel both have concussions, so the Sabres will likely call-up another goalie and defenseman. Marcus Foligno will be back tonight, and Torrey Mitchell, Christian Ehrhoff, and Chris Stewart will be gametime decisions [Sabres.com] The NHL suspended Zac Rinaldo four games for his hit on Ruhwedel [NHL.com] Hudson Fasching prepares for the Frozen Four, Nikita Zadorov scores a goal...

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