Sabres give up shots, but find ways to win

‘“You look at the defense we’ve got, and we’ve got to play a certain way,” Ruff said Friday. “Giving up the types of shots we’ve given up doesn’t bother me. It’s the quality opportunities, and we’ve tried to stay away from that. We’re just trying to protect our defense a little bit, and I think we’ve done a good job of that. We’re going to give up a few more shots playing that way, but at the same time it’s still an effective way to win games.”’

Saturday’s Phoenix Coverage

Buffalo (25-19-5) at Phoenix (24-21-5) (AP)

Without Reinprecht, Coyotes face Sabres (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (25-19-5) at Phoenix Coyotes (24-21-5) (The Sports Network)

Sabres at Coyotes-Preview (PhoenixCoyotes.com)

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Sports Digest (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates move back to first place with 4-2 win over P-Bruins (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Come From Behind for 4-2 Win Over Bruins (PortlandPirates.com)

P-Bruins fall to Pirates 4-2 (ProvidenceBruins.com)

Growing Pains

‘What is more troubling than Gragnani’s little ice time is the comparable playing time for Nathan Paetsch. Buffalo’s seventh defenseman for the entire season, Paetsch was supposed to be cracking the top-6 at this point in his career. A season or two ago, Paetsch seemed like the only defenseman other than Brian Campbell able to play positive minutes on the power play. Now the 2001 second-round pick is likely on his way out with Mike Weber ready to play for the big-league club and the time also approaching for Mike Card and Mike Funk to make their way west from Portland into HSBC Arena.’

Sabres’ Kaleta returns to practice

‘Kaleta skated with the fourth line during the Buffalo Sabres’ practice at the Peoria Sports Complex today. He may be available to play Saturday when the Sabres visit the Phoenix Coyotes.’

Sabres’ ‘Staff’ meshes with Connolly

‘Connolly and Stafford, who became linemates three games ago, have become Buffalo’s most productive duo. They have combined for seven goals and two assists in the past two games.’

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates still short-handed on defense (Portland Press Herald)

Sabres’ Miller has grounds for dismay

‘"It was my best impression of Roger Dorn from ‘Major League.’ Just ground balls going through," Miller said. "Not very like me, but I definitely have to be better, especially on the road and especially for a team that needs some points."’

Sabres put Gragnani in position to succeed

‘"He’s going to be an offensive defenseman," the coach said. "He’s going to have to work a little bit on his play on the defensive side, but it’s no different than a Brian Campbell when he first came up his first few years."’

Miller takes blame for loss

‘”No matter the shots, it’s my job to keep us in the game. I didn’t do a good job of that tonight.”‘

Thursday’s Calgary Coverage

‘Cammi’ & Co. halt Buffalo stampede (Calgary Herald)

Bert’s basic ‘instinct’ nets another big goal (Calgary Herald)

Flames’ No. 13 is very hot property (Calgary Herald)

Game Story (Calgary Herald)

Knockout performance (Calgary Sun)

Cammy’s triple whammy (Calgary Sun)

Miller takes blame for loss (Calgary Sun)

Flames Game Review (Calgary Sun)

The Cammalleri trick (CalgaryFlames.com)

Photo gallery (CalgaryFlames.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Cammalleri hat trick lifts Flames past Sabres 5-2

‘Miller was peppered for 43 shots, including 19 in the third period, and was frustrated by that goal. “Not very like me. I definitely have to be better, especially on the road and especially for a team that needs some points,” Miller said. “It doesn’t matter what the shots on goal are. It’s my job to keep the boys in the game and give them a chance to win and unfortunately I didn’t really feel like I did a very good job of that.”’

Cammalleri scores three times in Flames&#8217 5-2 triumph over Sabres

‘Tied 2-2 entering the third, Todd Bertuzzi scored the go-ahead goal at 7:08 ,stepping around Sabres defenceman Toni Lydman at the Buffalo blue-line and roofing a perfect shot under the crossbar.’

Calgary 5, Buffalo 2

‘”I thought we battled hard,” said Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. “Things were going pretty good. We had the first couple real good scoring chances in the third. It seemed like once (the Flames) got the go-ahead goal, we got sloppy.”‘

Turnovers Costly; Sabres Drop 5-2 to Calgary

‘With the loss, the Sabres are 2-2 on their road trip, and remain in 7th place in the Eastern Conference with 55 points. They trail the 6th place Philadelphia Flyers by four points.’