Thursday’s Carolina Coverage

Cup appears half full for Canes (Raleigh News and Observer)

Staal benefits from long arms (Raleigh News and Observer)

Turning point (Raleigh News and Observer)

Photo gallery (Raleigh News and Observer)

Canes rattle Sabres with four-goal stampede (Durham Herald Sun)

Staal helps Hurricanes beat up on Sabres (Burlington Times News)

Hurricanes score four in third, light up Sabres (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Hurricanes 6, Sabres 2 (CarolinaHurricanes.com)

Photo gallery (CarolinaHurricanes.com)

Canes Take Over In Third For 6-2 Win

'Jason Pominville scored both goals in Buffalo's third straight loss.'

Carolina routs Buffalo with four-goal third period

'Just Frightening – Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman: The Sabres alleged "best defensive pair" combined for a -8 rating tonight. Too bad Lindy didn't stick with his original, preseason plan to split this pair up. It seems like they need to be apart.'

Hurricanes keep Sabres reeling in wrong direction

‘Lydman was on the ice for all five Carolina goals while Tallinder was spared one of those goals as he was in the penalty box for the delay of game penalty that led to Carolina’s fourth goal.’

Carolina 6, Buffalo 2

‘It was Buffalo’s third straight loss, and they have been held to just four goals over their last three games after scoring 18 during a three-game win streak.’

Carolina 6, Buffalo 2

‘Buffalo has lost all three of its road games so far this season, scoring only six goals. Jason Pominville scored twice for the Sabres, who suffered two injuries in the defeat. Defenseman Dmitri Kalinin left the game with a leg injury in the second period and did not return. Center Paul Gaustad was helped off the ice in the second period after Carolina’s Mike Commodore clipped him in the face with the followthrough of his shot. He didn’t return, either.’

Campbell knows that eit&#8217 is in him

‘“The leaders on your team need to be your best players in a lot of cases,” Campbell said. “For myself, I want more. I want to get more done. I want to help out. I want to play more physical. And I think I can. I’m going to [start with] myself first and try to get everybody going as well.”’

Looks like rough skating ahead for the Sabres

‘This season has already been full of highs and lows, and it might go on like this for some time. Still, when the Sabres have played best, they have shown that the heart of last year’s dominating team is still there. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, we will see that spark make a full-time return. For now, fans can take solace knowing that this is a very solid hockey team and definitely a contender in the Eastern Conference.’

Wednesday’s Carolina Coverage

Eye on the Hurricanes (Raleigh News and Observer)

Hot start carrying Canes against Sabres (Durham Herald Sun)

Buffalo (3-4-0) at Carolina (5-1-3) (AP)

Ward looks to extend Hurricanes scintillating start (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (3-4-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-1-3) (The Sports Network)

Sabres-Hurricanes Preview (CarolinaHurricanes.com)

Slumping Sabres look to rebound against red-hot Hurricanes (LetsGoSabres.com)

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks get goalie Shantz back (Rochester D&C)

Amerks recall Meyer and Kreps (Amerks.com)

Amerks Amerks look ahead to three-game weekend (Amerks.com)

Losing streak hits five for the Amerks (LetsGoSabres.com)

Jaroslav spacek's return could be in sight

'"They asked me about Wednesday, but I haven't had any contact yet," said Spacek. "We just have to wait and do some more stuff one-on-one."'

Ice Bowl means big bucks for Bills

'But the NHL’s payment — around $250,000 plus expenses, according to a source involved in the arrangements — will go to the Buffalo Bills, not the taxpayers.'

Frustration building in Sabres&#8217 room

‘“Right now we’re finding ways to lose games, and it’s the difference from last year. We found ways to win these games,” goaltender Ryan Miller said Saturday in Montreal, shortly after his teammates had departed to make the air free of projectiles. “I don’t have any problem with us learning a few lessons, but we better learn them quick and start getting on the right path.”’

Blue Sunday

‘A season version of our Postgame Power Play Burning Question is taking shape: Have the Sabres bought into the idea this is going to be a down season? I puked a little in my mouth (love that expression) when I heard Ruff say his team might need another 15-20 games to find itself. That’s a full quarter-season, and by then the Sabres could be well out of a playoff spot.’

Sabres get bounced in Montreal

'“I think the league should look into the trampolines they installed here,” Miller said. “It’s unbelievable. They’re both pretty standard shots. One’s a wrist shot that comes out like a shot. “I thought every goal on their part was lucky. . . . I’m not saying they didn’t work hard, but I’m saying those were two really big bounces for them.”'