Sabres prospect Enroth shines in net

‘“We obviously didn’t provide any goal support for [Enroth],” Dineen said. “It was close, but it wasn’t enough. We needed more goals generated to give him the support he needed and deserved.”’

Monday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates going home early (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates, Sabres planning next step

‘"From our standpoint, it was terrific," Regier said during an interview about 30 minutes after the Providence Bruins eliminated the Pirates with a 2-1 win Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. "We couldn’t have been more pleased other than to win a few more games."’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Yes, a four-gone conclusion (Portland Press Herald)

Schaefer’s goal give P-Bruins 2-1 win, eliminates Portland (Providence Journal)

It’s season over for the Pirates (Maine Hockey Journal)

Providence Ends Pirates Season (PortlandPirates.com)

P-Bruins defeat Pirates 2-1, win series (ProvidenceBruins.com)

Rivet still hurting from Sabres season

‘“Right from Day One when I stepped on the ice, I had problems that needed to be addressed in the summer that weren’t with my previous team,” Rivet said while cleaning out his locker. “I pretty much played with an injury all year that I think hindered a bit of my play, but I’m sure there’s a lot of guys that were in the same situation.”’

Friday’s Portland Coverage

It’s win or goodbye for Portland (Portland Press Herald)

Providence holdovers determined to finish the job this time (Portland Press Herald)

All-Stars to bring pucks, and bucks, to Portland (Portland Press Herald)

Providence wins Game Four, takes 3-1 series lead (Providence Journal)

Pirates have their back against the wall (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates to host 2010 AHL All-Star Classic (Maine Hockey Journal)

Bruins Claw Past Pirates, 2-1 (PortlandPirates.com)

P-Bruins defeat Pirates 2-1 (ProvidenceBruins.com)

Portland to host 2010 AHL All-Star Classic (TheAHL.com)

Connolly does number of things

‘“It’s something where I don’t really set goals as far as points,” Connolly said. “Our goal is to win and to make the playoffs and have a chance to make the Stanley Cup. We didn’t achieve that goal this year, obviously.”’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

A virtual must-win for Pirates (Portland Press Herald)

Hockey all-stars coming (Portland Press Herald)

It’s an all-star announcement for the Pirates (Maine Hockey Journal)

Season no joke for Hecht

‘“I had mostly lows,” he said. “I didn’t have too many highs.”’

Ruins of Aud reflect state of our teams

‘The passion for the Bills and Sabres is no weaker, but the landscape has changed. Buffalo fans have lowered their standards and settled for mediocrity. I don’t remember a time quite like this, when fans simultaneously were as disgusted with both teams as they are now. But their dissatisfaction, their misery, doesn’t show up at the gate. Has my hometown grown soft?’

USA thinks the world of Sabres’ Stafford

‘The 23-year-old Stafford is the most prominent restricted free agent on the Buffalo Sabres. He’s coming off a 20-goal, 25-assist season. He had a little stretch in which he was among the team’s most dominant players. He did so in the final year of his entry-level contract, while making $984,200. Where might all those numbers put him? Possibly on an RFA offer sheet.’

Hamilton kid movin’ on up

‘He’s had a bit of a head start on how to be a pro. Last summer, he moved in to Adam Mair’s Buffalo home and worked out with the longtime Hamilton NHLer. It gave the kid a chance to see how things work in the big time. He’s not sure if he’ll be doing it again this year, but he’ll probably spend most of the next few months in Buffalo just to be around the trainers and the team staff.’

Silence deafening for Sabres

‘No one is saying the Sabres need a loudmouth like Sean Avery in the room. But too many quiet players did lessen the Sabres. During a few off-the-record chats, some Sabres said the silence diminished their days.’

Monday’s Portland Coverage

Portland pays for lackluster effort (Portland Press Herald)

P-Bruins beat Portland, 5-1, take 2-1 lead in playoff series (Providence Journal)

Pirates lack of effort prove to be costly (Maine Hockey Journal)

Bruins Take Game 3 and Series Lead (PortlandPirates.com)

P-Bruins defeat Pirates 5-1 (ProvidenceBruins.com)

Darche stabilizing force on young Pirates (NHL.com)

Sabres bringing back Regier, Ruff

‘There was some speculation the Sabres, postseason bystanders two straight seasons and five of the last seven, would fire the duo. Buffalo just finished its second consecutive 10th-place campaign.’