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Ryan Miller performed poorly in Wednesday's shootout. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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TORONTO – For two straight nights, the Buffalo Sabres stopped playing those drab, low-scoring affairs. Their anemic offense looked first-rate, scoring three goals in consecutive games for only the fourth time this season.

Still, it only translated to a single point they earned in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs before 19,372 fans inside the Air Canada Centre.

To interim coach Ted Nolan, the Sabres fought for a tough road point.

“Third game in four nights, on the road being down …

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Tyler Myers just served a three-game suspension. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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TORONTO – Defenseman Tyler Myers’ absence was glaring during the waning minutes of Tuesday’s 4-3 home loss to Philadelphia. The Buffalo Sabres sorely needed a sturdy presence to calm the game down as the Flyers scored three times.

Myers, who returned from a three-game suspension in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs, had been showcasing a steady, aggressive game prior to his ban.

“I think a lot of that is just bringing a confidence that you’re going to control the …

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Tyler Myers sat three games. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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TORONTO – As promised following Tuesday’s 4-3 home loss to Philadelphia, interim Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan will made lineup moves for tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs inside the Air Canada Centre.

Winger Drew Stafford (upper body) will return from a four-game absence. Tough guy John Scott will play after being a healthy scratch Tuesday.

Nolan said Marcus Foligno was banged up against the Flyers and will sit. The winger’s day-to-day. Winger Linus Omark, who has one point in nine games, …

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John Scott (32) circles the net Friday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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TORONTO – John Scott’s second career goal came early in his 200th NHL game, 1,503 days after the hulking Buffalo Sabres tough guy scored his first one.

At 7:53 of first period in Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs, Matt Ellis’ rebound trickled to Scott in the slot, and – much to the shock of the 19,405 fans watching – he beat Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier.

“I seem to do some special stuff in this building,” joked Scott, who …

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Linus Omark played his second game with the Sabres on Friday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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TORONTO – The highlights have millions of views on Youtube.com. In one clip, Linus Omark does a spin-o-rama before a shootout-winning goal. In another, the slick Buffalo Sabres winger slows down and flips the puck over the goalie, almost comically.

But Omark’s flashy skill set hasn’t translated into NHL success yet. The 26-year-old had only eight goals and 30 points in 67 games entering Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs inside the Air Canada Centre.

“I think I’m a better …

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John Scott wasn't aware he had played so many games. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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TORONTO – What does John Scott’s 200th NHL game mean to the 6-foot-8 tough guy?

“It means I’ve got 200 in seven years,” Scott said this afternoon inside the Air Canada Centre after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s tilt against the Maple Leafs. “I’ve got a lot of healthy scratches.”

True, Scott has never played more than 51 games in a full season. He’s been a healthy scratch 11 times already this season.

Still, Scott, who wasn’t aware he would be hitting the …

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Linus Omark skates this morning. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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TORONTO – Ted Nolan wasn’t too impressed with Linus Omark’s Buffalo Sabres debut in Saturday’s 4-1 loss in Boston.

But the interim coach doesn’t want to judge the flashy winger from one game.

“We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt the first time, jet lagged and getting to a new team and having the flu,” Nolan said this afternoon inside the Air Canada Centre after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs.

Omark, one of four Sabres sidelined by …

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Tyler Ennis won a gold medal with Canada five years ago. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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TORONTO – Five years ago, Buffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis figured he had a good chance to earn a coveted spot on Team Canada’s world junior championship squad.

The 24-year-old was one of his country’s most electrifying junior talents, a first-round draft pick in the midst of a dynamic 43-goal, 85-point season with the Medicine Hat Tigers. He felt he had enjoyed a strong training camp.

But, Ennis said, “Anything can happen.” Canada always has a wealth of elite junior players.

“They said, …

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Matt D'Agostini watches Christian Ehrhoff's game-winning goal go past Toronto goalie James Reimer on Friday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – It wasn’t a normal postgame NHL salute. Then again, the Sabres’ exciting 3-2 overtime triumph against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday wasn’t a normal game.

Leafs fans, who normally comprise at least half the raucous crowd when Toronto visits the First Niagara Center, outnumbered Sabres fans perhaps three to one in the capacity crowd of 19,070.

They ruled the building, chanting loudly all night.

So when the Sabres skated to center ice and raised their sticks after Christian Ehrhoff’s winner …

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Brian Flynn (left) battles Toronto's Trevor Smith on Friday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – These aren’t regular healthy scratches. Interim coach Ted Nolan, who’s been charged with evaluating and developing the Sabres’ young lineup, wants some of his prospects to sit occasionally.

So he scratched center Mikhail Grigorenko and defenseman Brayden McNabb for Friday’s 3-2 overtime win against Toronto Maple Leafs inside the First Niagara Center.

Both should return tonight in New Jersey against the Devils, however.

“I’m not unhappy,” Nolan said Friday morning about Grigorenko’s play. “It’s just when you develop a young guy …

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