Lightning building with early picks

‘"You don’t want to compare yourself to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They’ve got some world- class players," Stamkos said Saturday before hosting the Buffalo Sabres. "But when you’re struggling, the advantage is you get some early picks in the first round, and you can build off that."’

NHL game: A pricey night out

‘Still, for the record, the survey shows that for a family of four — the cost of tickets, drinks, food, programs and parking — a game at the HSBC would cost an estimated $223.72, up 05. percent from a year ago.’

Sunday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Bolts fire blanks in shootout loss to Sabres (Tampa Tribune)

Extra time gives Bolts learning opportunity (Tampa tribune)

Tampa Bay Lightning loses to Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in shootout (St. Petersburg Times)

Defenseman David Hale pushes into Tampa Bay Lightning’s top six (St. Petersburg Times)

Tampa Bay Lightning forwards need motivational tool (St. Petersburg Times)

Lightning Fall To Buffalo In Shootout, 3-2 (TampaBayLightning.com)

Photo gallery (TampaBayLightning.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Sabres win on Myers sixth-round shootout goal

‘“I guess the coaches felt something,” the 6-foot-8 rookie defenseman said. “I’m happy I backed them up on it.”’

Buffalo 3, Tampa Bay 2 (SO)

‘The 19-year-old, 6-foot-8 Myers skated in and held the puck as he glided to the left side of the slot. Lightning goaltender Mike Smith bit, and at the last moment Myers shifted the puck around Smith and pushed it into the open net to give Buffalo the victory.’

Myers Lifts Sabres In Shootout

‘The Sabres are now 6-1-1 on the season.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates break through on road (Portland Press Herald)

Admirals lose early lead, fall to Portland (Norfolk Virginian Pilot)

Offense lifts Pirates to first road win of the season (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Out Last Admirals (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates Slip Away From Admirals (NorfolkAdmirals.com)

Miller brothers will battle it out on the ice

‘"I think it’s definitely a situation that’s pretty rare," Ryan Miller said of playing against his brother. "It’s something that when you’re growing up, you dream about playing at the highest possible level. To realize your dream and play against each other is great."’

Brothers Drew Miller of Tampa Bay Lightning and Ryan Miller of Buffalo Sabres face off Saturday

‘But this story is about two brothers who grew up friends despite fierce competitive streaks and different personalities.’

Saturday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Miller brothers will battle it out on the ice (Tampa Tribune)

Brothers Drew Miller of Tampa Bay Lightning and Ryan Miller of Buffalo Sabres face off Saturday (St. Petersburg Times)

Game preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres (St. Petersburg Times)

Buffalo (5-1-1) at Tampa Bay (3-3-2) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (5-1-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (3-3-2) (The Sports Network)

Tampa Bay Riding a Three-Game Home Win Streak (TampaBayLighning.com)

Facing the Sabres Tonight (TampaBayLighning.com)

Gameday Events – Lightning v. Sabres (TampaBayLighning.com)

Sabres’ road swing continues against Lightning (NHL.com)

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

No relief in sight for road misery (Portland Press Herald)

Admirals notch 2nd straight win (Norfolk Virginian Pilot)

Pirates still searching for first road win (Maine Hockey Journal)

Admirals Double Pirates (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates Sign McCutcheon (PortlandPirates.com)

Admirals Sink Pirates 4-2 (NorfolkAdmirals.com)

Sabres’ Miller has his opponents’ number

‘"I’m not going to be disillusioned into thinking I’m on some sort of a huge roll here," the Buffalo Sabres goalie said Friday. "It’s just me playing the way I need to play with these guys to be a top team."’

Going back to Buffalo

‘Having gone to a couple Sabres games when they were good three seasons ago, I was used to a certain level of raucousness from the crowd that didn’t quite seem to be there this time. There were still empty seats in the lower bowl well into the first period on a Saturday night and the elan of the good ol’ days just didn’t seem to be there.’

600 original Aud orange seats now for sale online at $299 each

‘They are for sale for $299 each, with shipping to Erie or Niagara counties an additional $25. The shipping cost for farther distances is $75.’

Ex-Sabres are given the business

‘"Middle of July you’re starting to think that you’re basically no good anymore, and that’s a tough part," Biron said. "In a month you go from thinking you’re going to be one of the top free agents to thinking, "Man, what’s going on?’"’