Maple Leafs lose final pre-season game 7-6; Stalberg makes team

‘Tomas Vanek scored twice for the Sabres (4-1-1), who trailed twice in the game. Clarke MacArthur, Nathan Gerbe, Jochen Hecht, Tim Kennedy and Matt Ellis also had goals.’

Buffalo 7, Toronto 6

‘Patrick Lalime’s subpar effort was bailed out by the offense as he let in all six scores on 27 shots.’

Sabres Top Leafs 7-6 In Preseason Finale

‘Several Sabres notched multi-point nights, including Thomas Vanek.’

Monday’s Portland Coverage

Monarchs drop exhibition opener (Manchester Union Leader)

Pirates topple Monarchs in Berlin (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Post First Pre-Season Victory (PortlandPirates.com)

Canadiens rally past Sabres

‘"A lot of self-inflicted pain where big turnovers led to big chances," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "But I think there was a lot of good character building in the game, you get into those scrums and you start sticking up for each other it’s a lot of good stuff. … There was a lot of good [Saturday night]."’

Sunday’s Montreal Coverage

Habs end preseason with win (Montreal Gazette)

New team working well together (Montreal Gazette)

Photo gallery (Montreal Gazette)

The Numbers Game – September 26, 2009 (Canadiens.com)

Photo gallery (Canadiens.com)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

“I feel ready for the season” – Maxim Lapierre (Le Journal de Montreal)

Gionta has fun remarks of Embroiderer (Le Journal de Montreal)

A profit without glare of the Canadian to close the camp (La Presse)

The Canadian erases a delay of two goals and beats the Sabres 3-2 (CP)

CH gains its last preparatory match (24 Hours Montreal)

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Giving potential call-ups a serious look (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates feel the heat from the Devils (Maine Hockey Journal)

Mancari back in the Pirates fold (Maine Hockey Journal)

Devils Deal Pirates Exhibition Set Back (PortlandPirates.com)

Devils Double Up Pirates, 6-3 (LowellDevilsHockey.com)

Sabres sign Mancari to 1-year contract

‘Mancari led the Pirates in scoring last season with 29 goals and 38 assists in 73 games. The Sabres’ seventh-round choice, 207th overall, in the 2004 entry draft, had a goal and an assist in seven NHL games last season.’

Kaleta scores a winner with HITS Foundation

‘"I believe we can help a lot of people in the area," Patrick Kaleta said last week. "If I’m in a position where I can do that, I’m going to."’

Stewart goal gives Canadiens comeback 3-2 pre-season victory over Sabres

‘Both teams used mainly NHL players, although Mike Cammalleri (lower body), Andrei Markov and Sergei Kostitsyn didn’t play for Montreal and Jochen Hecht, Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder sat out for Buffalo.’

Montreal 3, Buffalo 2

‘Carey Price made 29 saves in the win.’

Bad Blood Shown as Habs Top Sabres 3-2

‘A big hit delivered by Patrick Kaleta flared up the rivalry, even in an exhibition setting. Kaleta then dropped the gloves with Montreal’s Ryan O’Byrne. Both were awarded a five minute fighting penalty, a ten minute game misconduct penalty, and Kaleta garnered a five minute boarding major, effectively ending his night prematurely.’

Canadiens score three in a row for comeback win

‘Clarke MacArthur and Nathan Gerbe scored in the first for Buffalo, which fell to 3-1-1.’

Sabres sign Mark Mancari

‘Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed forward Mark Mancari to a one-year deal. The forward has been assigned to the Portland Pirates, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, pending waivers.’

Work ethic of Sabres’ Ellis earns Ruff’s praise

‘"He works extremely hard, if not the hardest on the team," center Paul Gaustad said. "He’s just a good team guy. It’s the epitome of what you want on your team."’