Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates make one goal stand up (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates rookies out for All-Star game (Portland Press Herald)

Sound Tigers fall 1-0 in Portland (Connecticut Post)

Pirates rewarded for solid team effort (Maine Hockey Journal)

Portland Blanks Bridgeport 1-0 (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates 1, Sound Tigers 0 (SoundTigers.com)

No Sabres on TV means time for other activities

‘Sleep. I’m not kidding. That Anaheim game starts at 10 p.m. That’s really late. Just imagine when it’ll finish.’

Patrick Lalime, the immortal one of the Cataracts

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(Rough English Translation from French Language source)

“Shawinigan is a really special city, the amateurs are fantastic and still this evening, they were very noisy. The new amphitheatre is extraordinary and it is pleasant to see everyone encouraging the team”, it concluded.’

How much will you pay for success?

‘Are fans willing to reach deeper in the quest for improvement while keeping in mind that a bigger payroll and higher paid coaches by no means guarantee success? Or are things fine just the way they are, with both franchises holding to their budgets in order to minimize ticket prices?’

CHS adds Sabres games to in-room TV service

‘“While we obviously cannot control the outcome of the games, we hope that by providing patients access to one of their favorite pastimes we can help to make their hospital stay more pleasant,” Millard joked.’

Hundreds attend Sabres/LHS charity game

‘Hosted by the LHS Football Program and Booster Club, former Sabres enforcer and television broadcaster Rob Ray headlined a group of former players that also included Darryl Shannon, Mike Boland, Richie Dunn, Ric Seiling, Craig Muni and Morris Titanic.’

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Kevin Kaminski Bobblehead Night Friday! (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates Host Salute to Motorsports on Saturday (PortlandPirates.com)

Sabres 2008-09 NCAA Prospects Update

‘Promising 2008 draft picks Justin Jokinen and Corey Fienhage have faced struggles as freshmen, while upperclassmen Alex Biega and Matt Generous have stepped up to be team leaders.’

Lightning strikes Sabres again

‘Henrik Tallinder left the ice with 37.4 seconds left in the second period, bent over with an apparent right shoulder injury after he fell forward while hauling down Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier. "Henrik’s not good," said coach Lindy Ruff. "He’s going to be out for a good period of time."’

Jeanneret taking a vacation

‘The team announced prior to Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning that longtime play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret will not be on the trip and will be replaced by a trio of voices for the radio-only broadcasts. (None of the games will be shown on MSG Network.) Jeanneret’s contract includes some vacation time during the season and he opted to take this trip off on the heels of the NHL All-Star break.’

Thursday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Lightning Defense Makes Points In Win (Tampa Tribune)

Murphy Makes Most Of Chance (Tampa Tribune)

Tampa Bay Lightning defeats Buffalo Sabres 5-3 (St. Petersburg Times)

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Vinny Lecavalier will discuss trade rumors once at NHL All-Star Game (St. Petersburg Times)

Lightning Slice The Sabres, 5-3 (TampaBayLightning.com)

Photo gallery (TampaBayLightning.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Eminger, Downie key Lightning win

‘Lukas Krajicek, Jeff Halpern and Cory Murphy also scored in Tampa Bay’s fifth victory in seven games. Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, who combined for 14 goals and 22 assists over the previous 12 games, did not have a point.’

Tampa Bay 5, Buffalo3

‘”We were going pretty good,” Sabres forward Jason Pominville said. “And unfortunately we wanted to finish off on a good note and we weren’t able to do that, but we’ll take this break and get some rest and regroup, refocus and get ourselves ready to go.”‘

Sabres Fall To Lightning 5-3

‘Henrik Tallinder was injured late in the period when he dove to knock the puck away from Vincent Lecavalier. Tallinder received a tripping penalty on the play. He went to the dressing room with an upper body injury and did not return.’

West coast broadcast schedule

‘“Out of our 82-game schedule, the MSG Network has broadcast rights to 70, and the Versus Network has rights to a maximum of eight,” said Larry Quinn, Buffalo’s minority owner/managing partner. “As such, we needed to select four games to be radio only. We chose these west coast games due to their late starts.”’