Saturday’s Carolina Coverage

Carolina (5-15-5) at Buffalo (13-7-2) (AP)

Carolina Hurricanes (5-15-5) at Buffalo Sabres (13-7-2) (The Sports Network)

Sabres aim to keep ‘Canes winless on the road (NHL.com)

Game notes (CarolinaHurricanes.com)

Sabres knuckle down, end winless skid

‘Two misconducts. Two fights. Too many scrums to count. Four players helped to the dressing room. Heads banged off glass. Sticks under helmets. Pucks banked off faces. Blood on the ice. Orange-clad fans thirsting for more.’

Leg injuries may keep Rivet, Gaustad out

‘”It looks right now like both players will miss some time. Both have leg injuries, and we’ll get more details when we get back home,” Ruff said in Wachovia Center. “I’m not going to guess [which is worse or how long]. [Today] will be a big day for them.”‘

Saturday’s Philadelphia Coverage

Flyers lick wounds after bruising 4-2 loss (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Laperriere likely to play tonight (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Flyers lose to Sabres in Black Friday game (Philadelphia Daily News)

Ross joins Flyers’ list of walking wounded (Philadelphia Daily News)

Photo gallery (Philadelphia Daily News)

Flyers drop ugly, sloppy battle (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Laperriere: Flyers’ warrior solid on ice (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Sabres deliver in third period over Flyers (Delaware County Daily Times)

Black and Blue Friday: Flyers Fall to Sabres, 4-2 (CSNPhilly.com)

Photo gallery (PhiladelphiaFlyers.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Buffalo beats Flyers to snap 4-game losing streak

‘Connolly lifted a wrist shot from the slot high over Philadelphia goaltender Ray Emery to break a 2-2 tie at 5:27 in the final period. He scored again at 10:18 when his shot bounced off Emery’s mask.’

Buffalo 4, Philadelphia 2

‘Tied, 2-2, entering the third period, the Sabres moved in front on a goal with 14:33 left in the game. Connolly and Clarke MacArthur passed back and forth at the top of the offensive zone, and Connolly fired a perfect shot into the top left corner of the net for a 3-2 lead.’

Connolly Scores Twice As Sabres Top Flyers 4-2

‘Patrick Kaleta was ejected from the game following a major boarding penalty for a hit from behind on Jared Ross. Kaleta received a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct for the hit. Riley Cote was called for a two-minute roughing minor for going after Kaleta following the hit.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Byers Lifts Wolf Pack In OT (Hartford Courant)

Pirates fail on opportunity for fourth-straight win (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Drop Heart Breaker in OT (PortlandPirates.com)

Byers Lifts Wolf Pack in Overtime (HartfordWolfPack.com)

Regier believes Sabres’ slump won’t last

‘"There are going to be ups and downs through the season," Regier said in D.C. before leaving for Philadelphia. "It’s tight, and it’s going to remain tight. It’s what we’ll deal with."’

Ruff is not surprised by Briere’s hit

‘"He snaps. He’ll do something that you wouldn’t expect he’d do. But that’s part of what makes him an effective player, too. You don’t quite know what you’re going to get from Danny when you go up against him. You could get a stick across the chops. You can get a two-hander across the legs, and that’s just part of his makeup. I think that’s what buys him a little bit of time sometimes."’

Buffalo Sabres and former players Drury, Briere struggling

‘The current issue of ESPN The Magazine includes a short article called “Money Players: NHL Teams Need to Get the Most for Their Bucks.” Four players were in the “Fool’s Gold” category, and Drury (making $8.1 million with the New York Rangers this season) and Briere ($8 million with the Philadelphia Flyers) are two of them.’

Friday’s Philadelphia Coverage

Buffalo (12-7-2) at Philadelphia (13-8-1) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (12-7-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (13-8-1) (The Sports Network)

Flyers return home for matinee with Sabres (NHL.com)

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Portland Pirates Weekend (Portland Press Herald)

Sabres fail to cash in on their scoring chances

‘"We missed a lot of chances," Roy said. "Those have got to go in sometime."’

Thursday’s Washintoon Coverage

Ovechkin gets sent off, Caps get win (Washington Post)

Ovechkin scores, ejected in Caps win (Washington Times)

Ovi ejected as Caps fend off Sabres, 2-0 (Washington Examiner)

Postgame Notebook (WashingtonCaps.com)

Photo gallery (WashingtonCaps.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)