Special first period helps Sabres dispose of Islanders

‘Despite scoring two shorthand goals, the Sabres’ penalty killers allowed three power play goals against.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks out slug Marlies (Rochester D&C)

Rochester 5, Toronto 2 (AP)

Amerks KO Marlies (RNews.com)

Ryan, Shantz lift Amerks to 5-2 win over Marlies (Amerks.com)

Rochester’s best ready for Bowman Cup; Charoon & Metcalfe to coach (Amerks.com)

Marlies fall in Rochester (TorontoMarlies.com)

Sabres plan for playoffs

‘All but locked in, Buffalo can bank on playing the No. 8 seed. The big problem is that the opponent can be any of seven clubs.’

Full stable of defensemen expected tonight

‘Through 76 games, at least one Sabres defenseman has been injured for 69 of them.’

A night of warmth on ice

‘“It’s something that you absolutely love to help out with,” said Lindy Ruff, head coach of the Eastern Conference- leading Buffalo Sabres. “Not only has our organization stepped up, the whole community has.”’

A Game of Greater Value

‘”An excellent crowd,” said officer Brian Griffin, who also skated in the game. “They stepped up to the plate just like I knew they would throughout Buffalo and all of Western New York. It’s going to a great cause, because she’s going to need a lot of recovering, and a lot of rehabilitation.”‘

Friday’s New York Coverage (Updated 11:00 a.m.)

DiPietro can’t head to Buffalo (New York Daily News)

Brass finally uses the ‘C’ word (Newsday)

Can’t hide the truth (Newsday)

Injuries force Snow to sign Simpson (Newsday)

Nolan stays true to his roots in NHL coaching return (USA Today)

NY Islanders (36-28-12) at Buffalo (49-20-7) (AP)

Islanders G DiPietro to miss 2nd straight game (AP)

Sabres aim to move closer to division, conference titles (Sportsticker)

New York Islanders (36-28-12) at Buffalo Sabres (49-20-7) (The Sports Network)

Islanders (36-28-12) at Buffalo Sabres (49-20-7) (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Game # 77: NY Islanders @ Buffalo (SabresFans.com)

Desperate Isles come into Buffalo needing win (LetsGoSabres.com)

Paille emerging as playmaker for Sabres

'"Danny is a terrific competitor and a great skater, and some opportunities that he has had, we need him to finish on and that's a great step in the right direction," coach Lindy Ruff said of his goal Wednesday night.'

Ryan back after taking it to next level

'While Ryan was playing a primary scoring role with the Amerks, he found himself in more of a checking role with the Sabres. "I think I showed I could contribute in different situations," said the fourth-year veteran, who made his NHL debut back in November. "Playing with Chris Drury, we were usually against the other team's top line."'

Sabres Alumni Will Play At Arena On Sunday

'The Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena will play host to the Buffalo Sabres Alumni, who will play a benefit hockey game against the Labatt Blue All-Stars on Sunday with the face-off scheduled for 1 p.m.'

Sabres closing in on first conference title since 1980

‘With six games left, the Sabres can clinch top spot in the East with two more wins. Next up would be winning the President’s Trophy for first place in the NHL standings — the Sabres are currently tied with West-leading Nashville.’

Sabres reign their poise with impressive victory over Devils

'“It definitely helps us with a little bit of our confidence,” said Sabres forward Daniel Paille, who broke the tie in his return from a broken finger that shelved him 15 games. “You’ve just got to be patient. Obviously, it took into the third period to get those last three goals. That’s all it has to be – patient and outworking the other team down low.”'

Sabres D Lydman ready to return

‘Lydman’s return would leave the Sabres minus two regulars, right wing Maxim Afinogenov, who’s missed 18 games with a broken wrist, and center Tim Connolly, who’s not played this season while recuperating from post-concussion symptoms. Both players could be back in time for the first round of the playoffs, which start in two weeks.’

Sabres are beasts of East

'“It was a real good win for our team,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We had to tone down our style of play, be a lot more patient. I thought we cleaned up a lot of the careless errors, careless turnovers that had been hurting us.”'

Miller leads with words and actions

'The Sabres have shown a disturbing tendency to get too cute with the puck after winning a few games, a clear sign they’re getting full of themselves. Usually, it’s the simple plays that get them going, reminding them that hockey isn’t all that complicated when they’re not consumed with putting on a show.'