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HIT: To the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, which has its fan base enthused with a surprisingly strong showing so far this year.

With a win Sunday over Boston, Buffalo finds itself solidly in second place in the National Hockey League's Atlantic Division. Sabres fans haven't had much to be happy about in recent years, so their excitement about the current club is palpable.

A year ago, Buffalo sports celebrated the end of the National Football League's Bills ending a long playoff drought. The Sabres are looking to break another pro franchise futility streak in the city this year and make the postseason for the first time since 2010-11.

MISS: To the false Auburn school violence rumors that spread Monday on social media platforms.

Auburn school and police officials had to take the extraordinary step of communicating to the public to quash rumors because of the panic they were causing for many parents.

HIT: To another successful season for the Cayuga County Christmas Elf program.

Organized through the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, the Elf on Monday distributed Christmas gifts for hundreds of children in local families facing financial hardships this holiday season.

The gifts come from the generosity of community members, who donates presents and money for presents. And then an army of caring volunteers brings it all together for the yearly distribution day.

The Citizen Editorial Board includes publisher Rob Forcey, managing editor Mike Dowd and executive editor Jeremy Boyer.

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