No Red Wings playing for gold at Worlds as Canada, Finland meet again
Canada and Finland will clash for the gold medal for the third consecutive time at the World Championship Sunday in Helsinki, Finland. No Detroit Red Wings will participate in the gold medal game as Canada defeated Czechia 6-1 and Finland edged the United States 4-3 Saturday in the semifinals. Canada and Finland will meet at 1:20 p.m. The U.S. and Czechia, with Red Wings Jakub Vrana and Filip Hronek, will play for the bronze medal at 8:20 a.m. (NHL Network). It defeated Finland for gold last year, after Finland topped Canada in 2019 for the title.mlive.com
Offseason of dysfunction has Sabres seeking a fresh start
Jack Eichel, now stripped of his captaincy, has likely played his final game for the Sabres because of a rift with the team over how to treat a herniated disk. Forward Sam Reinhart and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen got their wish to escape Buffalo after being traded in July. Despite another offseason of headaches and negative headlines, veteran forward Kyle Okposo chose his words carefully in assessing why he believes the Sabres might be finally pointed in the right direction after spending the past decade dwelling mostly in dysfunction.news.yahoo.com
Sabres end 18-game skid with 6-1 win over Flyers
Buffalo Sabres celebrate a goal by center Curtis Lazar (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)BUFFALO, N.Y. – Linus Ullmark stopped 31 shots and the Buffalo Sabres snapped an 18-game skid — the NHL’s longest in 17 years — with a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. It was the first win for Buffalo since a 4-1 victory at New Jersey on Feb. 23, and ended an 0-15-3 streak. The Sabres also snapped a 0-9-2 home skid, one short of matching a franchise record set during the 1990-91 season. After Philadelphia’s Ivan Provorov scored 3:50 into the second period, Buffalo responded by closing the period with goals from Fogarty and Casey Mittelstadt.
Shorthanded Capitals beat Sabres 4-3 in home opener shootout
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON – Jakub Vrana had a goal and an assist, Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves through overtime and the short-handed Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout Friday night in their home opener. Vanecek was perfect in the shootout to pick up his second victory of the season as defenseman John Carlson scored the shootout winner. Buffalo rookie Dylan Cozens scored his first NHL goal on a top-shelf snipe past Vanecek in the second period. Eric Staal and Riley Sheahan each scored his first goal since joining the Sabres. Linus Ullmark made 29 saves and was spotless in the shootout until Carlson beat him.
US upsets Canada 2-0 to win world junior hockey championship
EDMONTON, AB - JANUARY 05: The United States team celebrates its victory over Canada during the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal game at Rogers Place on January 5, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. Knight made 34 saves in yet another shutout and Team USA upset Canada 2-0 on Tuesday night to win the world junior hockey championship. The tournament was played with no fans in the stands to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Coming into the game, Canada had outscored its opponents 41-4 and never trailed. Canada captain Bowen Byram had tears in his eyes as he handed out the silver medals to his teammates.