Spezza scores twice in Senators’ win over Buffalo

‘Clarke MacArthur and Derek Roy scored, and Patrick Lalime finished with 23 saves for the Sabres, who have lost two straight, including a 2-1 shootout loss to Colorado on Saturday.’

Ottawa 5, Buffalo 2

‘Buffalo had its best chance of the game on a power play just past the midway point of the second. Auld kicked out a rebound to his right where Jason Pominville was staring at an open net — but he rushed a shot off the outside of the net.’

Spezza Scores Twice As Sens Bury Sabres 5-2

‘The Sabres fall to 6-1-2 on the season and will hit the ice again on Thursday when they play host to Tampa Bay.’

Weber’s season debut

‘“I was getting dressed, getting ready to head to the rink and they told me I had to be on an 11:30 a.m. flight,” Weber said. “It was kind of a quick turnaround.”’

Senators spank Sabres in Buffalo’s first regulation loss

‘It is rare to see HSBC Arena empty midway through the third period. That’s what happened tonight and it wasn’t something I want to see at all. Ottawa scored four goals in the first two periods and that made this game all but over.’

Tuesday’s Portland Coverage

Time Warner Cable to Re-Air Pirates Game (PortlandPirates.com)

Game-worn Pink Jerseys Online Auction (PortlandPirates.com)

On the ice, Gerbe stands tall

‘"I don’t think I have to change my game," he said. "What got you here is what got you here. You have to be strong and prepared and ready for the challenges that will come."’

Numminen’s health no longer a concern

‘“We’ve always known he’s one of the smartest players — smart vision, smart passing, smart positioning,” Patrick said. “As an older defenseman, when you lose that gear, it’s pretty tough. He still skates fast enough. He doesn’t put himself in position to take big hits. He’s great at reading off his partner and moving the puck.”’

Monday’s Ottawa Coverage

Senators Gameday: Senators vs. Sabres (Ottawa Sun)

Ottawa (2-5-1) at Buffalo (6-0-2) (AP)

Sabres host satruggling Senators (Sportsticker)

Ottawa Senators (2-5-1) at Buffalo Sabres (6-0-2)) (The Sports Network)

Avalanche turns the table on Sabres

‘The shootout was a wild one, going to two extra shooters. Smyth beat Miller and Peter Budaj stopped Clarke MacArthur’s last-hope effort.’

Max spreads his wings

‘“That line has given us some timely goals when we’ve needed them,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “Obviously, it’s something we need. We need good defensive play out of that line, but we need production.”’

Rivet loving life that comes with playing for Sabres

‘“The perception, obviously, is that Buffalo is not the most desired place to play, with what it has to offer,” Rivet said. “I talked to a number of players, and they loved it here. When you come here, you’re told that there are a number of players where this is where they reside at the end of their season and the end of their careers.”’

Sunday’s Colorado Coverage

Avs prevail in shootout to win fifth straight (Denver Rocky Mountain News)

Deep scoring (Denver Rocky Mountain News)

Avs remain on hot roll (Denver Post)

Avs open hearts to Ellie, others fighting cancer (Denver Post)

If economy gets worse, players’ wallets take hit (Denver Post)

Budaj Leads Avs to Fifth Straight Win (ColoradoAvalanche.com)

Photo gallery (ColoradoAvalanche.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Avs outscore Sabres 3-2 in shootout for 2-1 win

‘“Everyone knows Ryan Smyth comes through and hits the goalie’s knob,” Miller said. “I told the ref, ‘I don’t want the contact. I don’t need a penalty, I just don’t want the contact.’ He comes by and twists me out of position. That was a slow-moving puck that I could reach if I’m set. I had the ice, I was there first. Don’t touch me.”’

Colorado 2, Buffalo 1 (SO)

‘Buffalo got on the board first in the second period. MacArthur slid a cross- ice pass to Toni Lydman at the top left corner of the zone. Lydman then blasted a shot, which was redirected by Paille at the left circle and trickled under Budaj and across the goal line to make it 1-0 at the 9:18 mark.’