Senators surge past Sabres 5-3

‘“I don’t think we even need to focus on goaltending,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think the focus has to fall on our 5-on-5 play. That 4-on-3 that they scored against was just a fact that two of our forwards didn’t get back.”’

Brian Elliot stands tall in relief for Ottawa as Senators beat Sabres 5-3

‘”I think we took a couple penalties that we didn’t need to take,” said Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff. “That gave them a little bit of momentum and they carried it from there.”‘

Ottawa 5, Buffalo 3

‘Patrick Lalime got the start in net with Buffalo appearing in back-to-back games and was blitzed for all five scores on 26 shots.’

Sabres Drop Third Straight; Fall To Senators 5-3

‘Alfredsson’s second goal of the game gave the Sens a commanding 5-1 lead midway through the third. Kuba picked up another assist on the goal. Kuba scored 4 points during the game, with 1 goal and 3 assists.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Defensemen shine for Pirates (Portland Press Herald)

As season-high trip nears end, Admirals lose in Portland (Norfolk Virginian Pilot)

Pirates continue to find their way (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Double Admirals for Third Straight Win (PortlandPirates.com)

Admirals Doubled Up By Pirates (NorfolkAdmirals.com)

Sabres arrive at Scotiabank Place with wary eye on standings

‘“We can’t back off and we have to keep doing it,” said Roy, who had four goals and 10 assists before the Bruins game, second in team scoring behind Tim Connolly. “Obviously, you’re going to have a let down once in awhile, but when it happens (and you lose a game), you have to come the next night and win right away.”’

Saturday’s Ottawa Coverage

Sabres arrive at Scotiabank Place with wary eye on standings (Ottawa Citizen)

Senators Game Day (Ottawa Citizen)

Buffalo (12-5-2) at Ottawa (10-6-3) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (12-5-2) at Ottawa Senators (10-6-3) (The Sports Network)

Game notes (OttawaSenators.com)

Sabres try to hold off another Northeast rival in Sens (NHL.com)

Bergeron’s OT goal tips the balance against Sabres

‘"We can’t just rely on Millsie to save our butts every night," Sabres captain Craig Rivet said. "We have to take some responsibility — all the guys — and put in a better effort. If we can buckle down and be a little stronger in the offensive zone, I think we’re going to have better opportunities to score."’

In tight economy, Sabres don’t give cautious fans their money’s worth

‘Gone are the days when 18,690 was a given downtown for a Friday night game against anybody, let alone a longtime rival and the defending division champ. After all, the Bruins were in town, not the Blue Jackets, yet blocks of seats remained vacant in the 300 level for a silver game.’

Bruins’ Lucic makes presence felt quickly against Sabres

‘Looking as dangerous to the Sabres as he was last season, Lucic scored his first goal this year and again threw his weight around with regularity in the Bruins 2-1 overtime victory.’

Saturday’s Boston Coverage

Bergeron’s tip lifts Bruins in OT (Boston Globe)

Lucic can’t fight, so he pounds one in (Boston Globe)

Patrice Bergeron lifts Bruins in OT (Boston Herald)

Byron Bitz displays star quality (Boston Herald)

Photo gallery (BostonBruins.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Bergeron scores in OT as Bruins beat Sabres 2-1

‘“We got as many shots as we could,” Gaustad said. “Some of them didn’t go in.”’

Boston 2, Buffalo 1 (OT)

‘”Our first period was really good,” Pominville said. “In the first and third we got our legs moving and got our forward deep, but our second (period) just wasn’t good enough.”‘

Bruins Edge Sabres for 2-1 OT Win

‘Patrice scored the game-winner for Boston, after Zdeno Chara took a wrist shot from the point after a Boston faceoff win in the Buffalo zone, and Lucic tipped the puck towards the opposite direction and the puck found the back of the net.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates continue picking up points (Portland Press Herald)

Sharks’ steady slide hits seven (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Pirates get second straight win against Worcester (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Power to Win Over Sharks (PortlandPirates.com)

Torrey Mitchell scores in Sharks 3-1 loss in Portland (SharksAHL.com)