Saturday’s New York Coverage

Game notes (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Buffalo (8-1-1) at New York (3-4-5) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (8-1-1) at New York Islanders (3-4-5) (The Sports Network)

Isles host Sabres, seek third straight win (NHL.com)

Sabres halt swirling Leafs

‘The tidal wave of Blue & White roared down the QEW and over the Peace Bridge. What the horde of Leafs fans saw was one of their best performances of the year as they almost stole one from the soaring Buffalo Sabres.’

Sabres grind out win over Maple Leafs

‘The Sabres certainly were not the best team in HSBC Arena on Friday night. The Toronto Maple Leafs swarmed the Buffalo zone for long stretches, dominating everyone in Blue and Gold with one exception — Ryan Miller. The goaltender turned aside 33 shots, including 15 in the third period, giving the Sabres a 3-2 overtime victory.’

In a bumpy road to win, Miller is rock solid

‘Everybody was guilty of something against the Leafs, yet the Sabres left HSBC Arena with a 3-2 victory in overtime. One reason: Ryan Miller.’

Leafs’ Stempniak opens up his wallet

‘The first trip Friday taught him a lesson about the Sabres’ variable pricing plan. Stempniak purchases tickets for his immediate family when he visits HSBC Arena, and his game with the Blues last season was a value game. The appearances by the Leafs fall in the gold or platinum range, which costs the 26-year-old two or three times as much per ducat.’

Leafs keep swinging big o and missing

‘But two years into the Brian Burke regime, the same problems seem prevalent. The Leafs keep snubbing mid-level free agents and hoping that July 1 splashes will make the difference.’

Miller’s minutes inching up

‘Miller made a few huge saves, none bigger than when he stopped Western New York native Lee Stempniak in the second period on a breakaway after a giveaway near center ice. He made another great save on Stempniak nearly six minutes into the third when the West Seneca native took a cross-ice feed from Ian White that Miller slid across and got a pad on.’

Saturday’s Toronto Coverage

Monster’s magic can’t save Leafs (Toronto Sun)

Kessel still waiting but itchin’ to go (Toronto Sun)

Leafs replay (Toronto Sun)

Leafs go unrewarded again (Toronto Star)

Two stars, two stats (Toronto Star)

Leafs fall short against Buffalo (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Winning effort not enough against Miller (National Post)

Photo gallery (MapleLeafs.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Connolly scores OT winner for Sabres

‘Miller improved to 8-0-1, and the Sabres (8-1-1) won their fourth straight game to match their second-best start after 10 games since entering the NHL in 1970.’

Buffalo 3, Toronto 2 (OT)

‘However, with Stajan still in the penalty box to start overtime, Connolly took a feed from Derek Roy at the point, wound up and sent a sizzling shot into the back of the net through a screen.’

Connolly’s OT Blast Lifts Sabres Over Leafs 3-2

‘Based on their play in the final period, the Sabres may not have deserved to come away with two points, but Connolly made sure they did. With Matt Stajan in the box for the Leafs, Connolly buried a power play shot from the blue line just 1:04 into overtime to give Buffalo the 3-2 victory.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates find a way to go 3-0 at home (Portland Press Herald)

Mancari gives Pirates OT satisfaction (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates sign Benson to PTO (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Shade Devils in Overtime (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates Sign Benson (PortlandPirates.com)

Devils Nipped By Pirates in OT, 3-2 (LowellDevilsHockey.com)

Myers Made it Easy For Darcy Regier

‘“I think that as the games moved along, Tyler continued to make the statement that he needed the opportunity to play more than the allotted nine games. I think the thing that stands out with him is that he has a great disposition. He can get on the plane or the bus and you have no indication to how well he played. He is a very even keeled individual.”’

Rookie Myers will stay with Sabres

‘In short, Myers still faces a difficult path to stardom. But the Sabres believe Myers, who’s been arguably their best defenseman this season, can handle a full big-league season.’

Miller exuding confidence, looking Olympic-ready

‘"It goes hand in hand — I have to perform for the Sabres and I have to perform for my own expectations and I expect my game to be at a certain level anyways," Miller told NHL.com. "That level should be good enough to make the U.S. Olympic team because I consider myself the kind of goalie who can challenge to be tops in the League. If that’s not what they’re looking for, then OK."’