Avs Top Sabres 2-1 In Shootout

‘It took five rounds to find the shootout winner, with Ryan Smyth scoring the game winner. Sabres forwards Ales Kotalik and Derek Roy matched goals from Milan Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski to extend the shootout into further rounds. The NHL’s leading scorer Thomas Vanek had an opportunity to win the game but was denied by Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj.’

Fourth consecutive overtime results in second shootout loss

‘Some 2-1 games are entertaining. And while this one wasn’t necessarily a snoozer, it certainly started off as one. But the second, third and overtime periods changed that. Also adding to the lower ranking was a lack of power play time. Each team enjoyed just two man-advantage situations as the referees swallowed their whistles in order to keep the flow of the game at a constant pace.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates win, by one goal again (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates send Penguins marching (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pens fall short in Portland (Scranton Times Tribune)

Pirates Wear Pink, Defeat Penguins (PortlandPirates.com)

Portland pulls out to big lead, holds on (WBSPenguins.com)

Sabres goalies keep smiling

‘“A lot of what I’ve been able to do is reflect on what the team is focusing on,” Miller said. “It’s a situation where we want to be better on defense, we want to be accountable, and we want to make it easy on the goaltenders to play. Patty and I can read plays, we can sit back in our net, and we don’t get caught out of position too often. It’s a lot easier for goalies to play that way."’

Spacek, Sekera become quite a pair

‘“I’m pretty happy with Spach because he’s like my teacher and I’m like his student,” Sekera said Friday. “I’m learning as much as I can from him, and hopefully it will work out.”’

Star lineup to memorialize the Aud

‘From the Buffalo Sabres: Rick Martin, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert, Rob Ray, Mike Robitaille, Grant Ledyard, Darryl Shannon, Larry Playfair, Fred Stanfield, Derek Smith, Craig Muni, Matthew Barnaby, Richie Dunn, Bill Hajt, Ric Seiling and Coach Floyd Smith.’

Buffalo’s Miller presents lanky obstacle in net for Avs

‘Miller, 28, is listed at 6-foot-2 and 166 pounds. He challenges shooters and handles the puck. A steal of a draft pick in 1999 – Buffalo tabbed him in the fifth round – Miller has won all five of his starts for the 6-0-1 Sabres with a 1.74 goals-against average and .935 saves percentage. His career record is a gaudy 117-68-20.’

Saturday’s Colorado Coverage

Buffalo’s Miller presents lanky obstacle in net for Avs (Denver Rocky Mountain News)

Buffalo (6-0-1) at Colorado (4-3-0) (AP)

Sabres hope to keep alive points streak vs. Avalanche (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (6-0-1) at Colorado Avalanche (4-3-0) (The Sports Network)

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Strong finish saves Pirates (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates overcome ugly start for win (Maine Hockey Journal)

Sound Tigers lose lead, game (Connecticut Post)

Pirates Rally Past the Sound Tigers (PortlandPirates.com)

First Look at the Pirates Pink Jerseys (PortlandPirates.com)

Pregame Parties This Weekend (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates 4, Sound Tigers 3 (SoundTigers.com)

Vanek sheds stress of contract and expectations

‘"I have high expectations of myself. I think until I lose those expectations, if I don’t have them anymore, I think I’m taking a step back."’

Sabres claw back again

‘"Coming back from a two-goal deficit in this building with four minutes left is a good accomplishment, and it shows the character of this group," Roy said.’

Enforcers pleased as punch with new stats on fighting

‘"The game changed so much [coming out of the lockout]," Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters said Thursday. "I was the guy here, and I played only 28 games. At the start, the role was kind of being, not weeded out, but the future of that role was uncertain."’

Ex-Minnesota Gopher Thomas Vanek faring well with Sabres

‘”I’m never worried about it,” the former University of Minnesota standout said. “That’s why most players have an agent.”‘

Friday’s Minnesota Coverage

Wild stung by quick Sabre strikes (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Lemaire holds it down at the X better than anyone (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Bouchard, Zidlicky return; Nolan slated for Saturday (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Recap: Buffalo 4, Wild 3 (OT) (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Wild lose in OT to Buffalo, ending Minnesota’s chance of a historic start (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Ex-Minnesota Gopher Thomas Vanek faring well with Sabres (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

There’s a way to solve Minnesota Wild’s impasse with Marian Gaborik (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Wild falls to Sabres, 4-3, in OT (Wild.com)

Photo gallery (Wild.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Roy scores in overtime, Sabres rally to win 4-3

‘On the winner, Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson lost his stick in the corner, allowing Henrik Tallinder to send a pass out front to Roy at the right edge of the crease. During a scramble the puck crossed the line.’