Upside to down season o Kaleta&#8217s emergence

‘Bias aside, Kaleta is becoming a legitimate National Hockey League player right before our eyes. Once known as just an agitator, the local kid now fills a variety of roles for a team that’s cast is pretty vanilla. Penalty killer, energy guy, defensive forward — Kaleta has clearly gained the confidence of Lindy Ruff.’

Saturday’s Toronto Coverage

Cujo’s chain rattled (Toronto Sun)

Cujo yanked as Leafs cut down (Toronto Star)

Leafs fail to do Habs any favours (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Comeback bid fails for Leafs (National Post)

Photo gallery (MapleLeafs.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Gaustad stems Leafs&#8217 comeback bid in Sabres&#8217 win

‘“They smelled blood and wanted to get back on the attack,” Miller said. “We did a good job not panicking and getting pucks to the net. We were definitely rewarded with (Gaustad’s) goal.”’

Buffalo 5, Toronto 3

‘The Sabres remained in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, five points behind Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot but moved five points ahead of 11th-seeded Toronto.’

Sabres Gain Two More Points In 5 to 3 Win Over Toronto

‘Gaustad scored after a mad scramble in front of the Toronto net. Pogge stopped the initialm shot, but on a clearing attempt hit the forward and went past the Leafs’ netminder to give Buffalo the 5 to 3 lead. The lead would hold, the team surviving a late surge by the Leafs, including an extra attacker for the final two minutes with the net empty.’

Quick hits

‘Paul Gaustad recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in the win; registering a goal, assist and a fight in the contest. Gaustad earned an assist 37 seconds into the game on Jochen Hecht’s goal, net Buffalo’s fifth score of the night midway through the third period and earned two fighting majors- taking on both Jamal Mayers and Pavel Kubina.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

A record, a celebration, and a crucial victory (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates prevail past Lowell to keep pace in playoff race (Maine Hockey Journal)

Dineen surpasses Trotz as all-time wins leader (Maine Hockey Journal)

Former owner honored with entrance into Hall of Fame (Maine Hockey Journal)

Dineen Tops Pirates Career Win List With 190 (PortlandPirates.com)

Dineen Stands Alone in Pirates History (PortlandPirates.com)

Devils Drop 3-2 Decision To Pirates (LowellDevilsHockey.com)

Will Miller&#8217s return boost Sabres

‘“He’s got the best record and the best numbers,” Ruff said. “There’s no reason that our guys shouldn’t even play harder in front of Ryan now, getting him back and saying, ‘We’re going to buy you a little time to get into these games and get ready to play.’”’

Friday’s Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs Game Day (National Post)

Toronto (31-30-13) at Buffalo (35-30-8) (AP)

Sabres expect G Miller back for Maple Leafs (Sportsticker)

Toronto Maple Leafs (31-30-13) at Buffalo Sabres (35-30-8) (The Sports Network)

Friday’s Portland Coverage

A worthy inductee to the Hall (Portland Press Herald)

Portland! Persson has landed (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Donate Teddy Bears to Local Hospital (PortlandPirates.com)

Miller returns for Sabres’ stretch drive

‘"No one’s made me into a savior," he said after practice. "I’m a goalie. I go out, and I try and stop the puck. If I can help make a difference, I want to do it. I’m by no means a guarantee, and I’m by no means a savior. I can only go out there and give my honest effort and get in the way to stop the puck."’

Moore downplays clash with old mates

‘”That’s the way this league works,” Moore said after practice in HSBC Arena. “Players change teams a lot. You have to face your old teams. Again, it’s an important game because it’s an important game for us in our drive to make something happen here. That’s why it’s important.”‘

Tellqvist move sure looks peculiar

‘For example, the idea that the Sabres — a team notorious for hoarding draft choices — would ship a fourth-round pick to the desert for a goalie who got exactly two starts simply doesn’t make sense.’

Sabres alumni, CLCS staff square off

‘The Alumni Team included Rob Ray, Craig Muni, Mike Boland, Derek Smith and Morris Titanic, along with Kevyn Adams, who won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes and now lives in Bemus Point during summer, and Ruben Brown, formerly an offensive lineman with the Buffalo Bills.’

Sabres desperate for playoffs

‘”It is extremely important we make the playoffs,” Ruff said during a phone interview last night. “We are sometimes the heartbeat of the city and have been, given that the Bills haven’t made the playoffs (since Jan. 8, 2000). “We NEED to make it.”‘