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Demko makes 36 saves for Canucks in 4-3 win over Sabres

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Thatcher Demko was nervous before stepping on the ice. It sure didn't show. The 23-year-old goalie made 36 saves in his second NHL game, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. "An opportunity for me," Demko ...

Limited role leaves Sabres’ Beaulieu open to being traded

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is concerned with his lack of playing time and would prefer being traded if his role doesn't change in Buffalo, the player's agent told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Kent Hughes said that while he ...

Jack Eichel scores in OT to lift Sabres past Flames, 4-3

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jack Eichel battled through some misfortune before scoring the overtime winner for the Buffalo Sabres in a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Seconds after putting a backhand off the post, Buffalo's captain rifled a low shot past Dave Rittich, on the ...

‘Dinosaur’ defensemen like Orpik survive in NHL by adapting

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer When John Tortorella compares Brooks Orpik to a creature that went extinct 65 million years ago, he means it affectionately. "He's a little bit of a dinosaur because he hits, and there isn't a lot of hitting in this game," Tortorella said. Yet there's ...

Bills re-sign linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to 1-year deal

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have re-signed veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to a one-year contract. The signing Wednesday comes as no surprise after both sides ended the season openly discussing the likelihood of the 35-year-old returning for ...

Bills offer special teams job to Heath Farwell

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with discussions confirms the Buffalo Bills have offered their special teams coordinator's job to Carolina Panthers assistant Heath Farwell. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on the condition of ...

Lucic, Kassian combine for 4 goals as Oilers top Sabres 7-2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Two players mired in major scoring slumps provided plenty of offense for the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each scored a pair of goals as the Oilers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-2. "It feels good as an individual to pop a couple tonight, ...

Stamkos breaks late tie, Lightning beat Sabres 5-3

By The Associated Press 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 ...

Buffalo QB Jackson declares himself eligible for NFL draft

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson is forgoing his senior season by declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft. Jackson calls it a "once in a lifetime opportunity" in a posting Sunday on Instagram . He has been ...

Buffalo Bills sign CFL-leading receiver Duke Williams

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed D'haquille "Duke" Williams to a reserve-future contract after he led the Canadian Football League with 1,579 yards receiving. The 25-year-old Williams spent the past two seasons with Edmonton before being released by the Eskimos last ...

Skinner scores 2 goals in Sabres’ 4-3 win over Panthers

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer 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 ...

Bills fire 2 offensive assistants: Robiskie, Castillo

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills shook up their coaching staff by firing offensive line coach Juan Castillo and receivers coach Terry Robiskie following a 6-10 finish. A person familiar with the decision confirmed to The Associated Press of ...

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 ...

Buffalo Bills fire special teams coach Crossman

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision has told The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have fired special teams coordinator Danny Crossman. The person spoke to The AP on Thursday on the condition of anonymity because the team has ...

AP Source confirms Bills fire offensive line coach Castillo

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills' decision confirms the team has fired offensive line coach Juan Castillo. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not ...

Isles beat Sabres; Trotz moves into 4th on all-time win list

By JONAH BRONSTEIN, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Robin Lehner made an emotional return to Buffalo and led the Islanders to a milestone victory for New York coach Barry Trotz. Lehner made 39 saves against his former team as the Islanders beat the Sabres 3-1 on Monday night. New ...

Kuraly scores in OT to give Bruins 3-2 win over Sabres

By MARK LUDWICZAK, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Looking for a rare comeback victory, the Boston Bruins swarmed the Buffalo Sabres in the third period on Saturday night. In overtime, an unlikely source did it all by himself. Sean Kuraly scored 3:44 into the extra session to give ...

Bills rout Dolphins 42-17 in Kyle Williams’ final game

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — As they bid farewell to their unquestioned leader, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, the Buffalo Bills also enjoyed a glimpse into an encouraging future. Rookie first-round draft picks Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds played a ...

Kyle Williams bids farewell with tears, high-fives and a win

By MARK LUDWICZAK, Associated Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Williams thought he had experienced close to every emotion before wrapping up his 13th and final NFL season. Turns out, there was room for one more before the Buffalo Bills defensive tackle entered retirement. With his ...

Buffalo Bills re-sign QB Derek Anderson to 1-year contract

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have re-signed veteran quarterback Derek Anderson to a one-year contract in a move reflecting the role he played in mentoring rookie Josh Allen through the final two-plus months of the season. The signing on ...