About Kyle Gunn-Taylor

A 25 year old Buffalo native with a passion for sports and a knack for arguing about them.

Recently graduated from SUNY Oswego with a bachelors in Creative Writing. I wrote for the student newspaper and played goaltender for the 2010 SUNYAC Champion Lakers.

I began playing hockey at the age of three and my passion for the game has only grown with each passing year. I also contribute weekly at Buffalo Rising. Follow me on Twitter: @PowerHouse46!

Sabres Keeping Hope Alive

With the season on the line and down by one, the Sabres settled in for a faceoff to the left of Toronto Maple Leafs rookie goaltender Ben Scrivens.
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Timing is Everything

Buffalo Sabres (38-29-10) Jason Pominville battled captain on captain for control of the puck in the neutral zone with the Washington Capitals (38-31-8) Alex Ovechkin late in the second period, Tuesday.
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Every Game Counts

The Buffalo Sabres (33-29-8) have battled from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to make their way within 4-points of the 8th and final playoff spot with just 12-games remaining on the regular season schedule.
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Sabres Edge Weary Isles

The Buffalo Sabres have pulled within 6-points of an Eastern Conference playoff spot with their 2-1 win over the New York Islanders, Tuesday.
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Sabres Should be Sellers

Photo courtesy of The Hockey News

To say the Buffalo Sabres have underachieved this season is like pointing out that Peyton Manning’s situation with the Indianapolis Colts is uncomfortable.

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Sabres Spiral to Bottom of the East

The sinking Sabres (19-24-5) are currently tied with the Carolina Hurricanes (17-24-9) at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 43-points, but if the Hurricanes can snag at least a point at home against Winnipeg Monday, the idle Sabres will be dwelling alone in the basement of the East.
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Sabres 2nd Blogger Summit

The Buffalo Sabres opened the doors of the First Niagara Center and extended their hospitality to some of the team’s biggest fans, Wednesday.

Approximately 20-bloggers from across the city were invited down to the arena and allowed a one-on-one question-and-answer session with team President, Ted Black.

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Sabres Squeak Past Oilers

On an icy night in Buffalo, NY the Sabres used a third period spark to surge past the Edmonton Oilers 4-3, Tuesday.

Despite First Niagara Center being sold out, the silence in the building resembled midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

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Ruff’s Refuge

Since 1997, when the Buffalo Sabres first hired Lindy Ruff to be the franchises 15th head coach, there have been; 14 different Stanley Cup Champions, 13 other coaches to win the Jack Adams Award (NHL’s top coach) and 168 different coaching changes.

Of the 14 coaches to win Lord Stanley’s cup over that span only four still stand behind the bench of the team with whom they won; Claude Julien (BOS), Joel Quenneville (CHI), Dan Bylsma (PIT) and Mike Babcock (DET). Not coincidentally the last four coaches to win the cup.

The Sabres struggles this season have beckoned the questioning of Ruff’s stronghold on his place as longest tenured bench master in the NHL.

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All Swedish, No Finnish

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Boston Bruins power forward Milan Lucic mishandled a breakaway pass through the neutral zone and the puck squirted ahead into the Buffalo end.
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller raced out to clear the failed break and Lucic crashed into him at full speed, sending the All-Star goalie and his team into a dizzying tailspin.
Miller would not finish the game and is out indefinitely due to concussion-like symptoms. The Sabres failed to muster up the guts to defend their goaltender physically or on the scoreboard throughout the rest of the game. The 6-2 loss was more disconcerting for the Sabres cowardly retreat rather than the final outcome.
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A Tale of Two Teams

In larger cities there is an excess of distractions for the average citizen to escape the monotony of a daily routine. For the residents of Buffalo, New York as the Bills and Sabres go, so does the demeanor of an entire city.

The idea that the two local professional sports franchises have such an impact on the city’s mood is more a testament to the passion of the fans rather than a knock on the other aspects of entertainment the city has to offer.

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No Place Like Home

Coming off the first official road trip of the season, the Sabres’ brass has to be pleased with the effort and results the team produced over the four game span.

Taking 6-of-8 points on the road is outstanding, but combined with the recent trip to Europe (where the Sabres were technically the home team in Finland) to kickoff the season, the Sabres have taken 10-of-12 possible points all away from the friendly confines of ‘Hockey Heaven.’

Sitting one point behind the division leading Maple Leafs shouldn’t leave Sabres faithful too high, nor too low, especially considering the Leafs played 5-of-7 games in the comfort of the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto.

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Depth Finally a Strength in Buffalo

While the temperature in Western New York gradually cools, the Buffalo Sabres are cranking up the thermostat down at the newly renovated First Niagara Center.

After a flawless trip across the pond that netted the team four points and two gritty wins over tough Western Conference opponents, the Sabres used a week off to prepare for a home contest versus Carolina, Friday, only to hit the road to Pittsburgh, Saturday.

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