Buffalo 4, Tampa Bay 2

'"We got us a good start, got our lines going pretty early and our goalie made some big saves at the start of the game, kept us in there," said Pominville. "I thought overall, coming off a break we played pretty well, and that's the way we've got to play if we want to win games."'

Sabres ride big lead to 4-2 win in Tampa

'Buffalo took the early lead with Jason Pominville setting up Clarke MacArthur less than five minutes into the game. Then later in the first MacArthur fed Pominville to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead.'

Two in a row!

'The Sabres used two goals in each the first and second periods and then held off a potent attack by the Lightning to score a win in their first game back from the All-Star break. With the win, the Sabres also climbed back over .500 for the season.'

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks could be profitable, ex-CFO says (Rochester D&C)

Fast-ferry future for city’s teams? (Rochester D&C)

Kaleta, MacArthur recalled by Buffalo (Amerks.com)

Mancari, Canadian All-Stars win 9-8 (Amerks.com)

Amerks feature quality over quantity at AHL All-Star Classic (Amerks.com)

Sabres longing to break out of swoon

‘”I don’t want to be cliche and start talking about all that hippie stuff where, ‘It’s all positive energy, man,’” he said. “But it’s a team sport; we’ve got to get everyone on the same page.”‘

Vanek can’t escape his numbers

‘“I look at myself and I blame myself,” Vanek said after the team’s 85-minute practice Monday afternoon in the Amherst Pepsi Center. “I’ve got to be a lot better. I’m trying to be every day in practice, believe me. I’m not trying to slack off. There’s certain areas I need to work on. I’m trying to get better.”’

Ruff gives new injury details on forwards

‘Afinogenov skated with the team prior to its practice in the Amherst Pepsi Center while Connolly skated afterward. Both traveled to Tampa for tonight’s game with the Lightning but there’s no definitive timetable for either to return. Ruff, however, sounded particularly optimistic about Afinogenov.’

Tuesday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Buffalo (21-21-6) at Tampa Bay (20-25-5) (AP)

Lightning continue homestand vs. Sabres (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (21-21-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (20-25-5) (The Sports Network)

Bolts Return From All-Star Break To Host Sabres (TampaBayLightning.com)

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

AHL boss says woes won’t freeze out Amerks next season (Rochester D&C)

Two More Amerks Inductees (RNews.com)

New Lawsuit Filed Against Amerks (RNews.com)

Amerks faceoff in weekend pair with Toronto (Amerks.com)

More bad news for Connolly

'"Tim's was diagnosed with a bone spur and it's not really related to the groin," said head coach Lindy Ruff. "It's going to be something that he's going to battle through for the rest of the year."'

Slumping Sabres still without injured Connolly, Afinogenov

‘Afinogenov, who’s missed 10 games, has begun skating on his own and could be back by the end of this week after tests revealed he has a slight groin tear, Ruff said.’

Sabres’ Connolly dealing with bone spur

‘”Tim was diagnosed with a bone spur and it’s not really related to the groin,” Ruff told the team’s official website. “It’s going to be something that he’s going to battle through for the rest of the year.”‘

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Mancari sets record (Rochester D&C)

Amerks defending tradition, too (Rochester D&C)

Hear Rochester Amerks’ stories (Rochester D&C)

Mark Marncari breaks ”Hardest Shot” record at AHL All-Star Skills Competition (CP)

Mancari sets record at AHL All-Star skills event (Amerks.com)

Henry reassigned to Florida (ECHL) (Amerks.com)

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks suffer 8th straight loss (Rochester D&C)

Five Monsters score in second (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Amerks Lose Again (RNews.com)

Amerks fall to Monsters (Amerks.com)

Scoring Outburst Leads to Monsters Win (LakeErieMonsters.com)

Photo gallery (LakeErieMonsters.com)

Ruff keeps Sabres ready in tough times

'"He's done a very good job there," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "He's a steady, calm guy there who always seems to steer that team the right way. He's had some teams that have had some huge distractions, and he keeps them on a very even keel."'