Sunday’s Ottawa Coverage

Sens make own luck (Ottawa Citizen)

More bad luck for Senators (Ottawa Citizen)

Game file (Ottawa Citizen)

Photo gallery (Ottawa Citizen)

Sens shoulder load for Alfie (Ottawa Sun)

Sens won’t use injuries as an excuse (Ottawa Sun)

Photo gallery (OttawaSenators.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Kovalev, Fisher score in shootout for Ottawa

‘“We’re just doing things too slow,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “Our puck movement hasn’t been good enough. We just didn’t make enough good plays.”’

Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)

‘”We had some opportunities to put pucks on net but we didn’t do it,” lamented Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. “We’re just doing things too slowly. The speed of the team is puck movement and it hasn’t been good enough.”‘

Senators Prevail 3-2 Over Sabres In Shootout

‘Buffalo answered back later in the period with two goals of their own. Thomas Vanek got the Sabres on the board with his 11th goal of the season to cut into the Senators’ lead 2-1 late in the middle period. Mike Grier and Steve Montador were given assists on the goal. Jason Pominville tied the game 2-2 with a power play marker a little over two-minutes later. Tim Connolly and Derek Roy assisted on the score.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Monarchs rule with overtime goal (Portland Press Herald)

Monarchs Crown Pirates With OT Win (PortlandPirates.com)

Monarchs Return With Overtime Win (MonarchsHockey.com)

Vanek back in the lineup

‘The winger missed the last three contests with an abdominal injury after being hit by a puck, experiencing severe bruising that affected his ability to skate. “I can still feel it,” Vanek said. “But this is as good as I’ve felt in a week, so it’s a good sign for me.”’

Sabres’ nemesis, the Senators, have had whirlwind week

‘"It’s like TMZ in here," forward Shean Donovan told the Ottawa Sun. "It’s awesome."’

Saturday’s Ottawa Coverage

Ottawa (18-15-4) at Buffalo (22-11-3) (AP)

Ottawa Senators (18-15-4) at Buffalo Sabres (22-11-3) (The Sports Network)

Sabres hope to rebound against struggling Senators (NHL.com)

Imposing Buffalo Rookie Tops High Expectations

‘“He’s earned the right to play against them, as well as he’s played,” Buffalo Coach Lindy Ruff said about pairing a rookie with the seven-year veteran Henrik Tallinder against the league’s offensive wizards. “You look at stats, you look at chances, you look at plus-minus, you look at everything. He’s done a nice job with that.”’

Sabres set sights on first

‘"It’s a good start but no one ever won the Stanley Cup in December and January," goaltender Ryan Miller pointed out after Wednesday’s 5-2 loss in Washington. "We’re still going to have to make big improvement in some areas."’

Sabres take a long winter’s nap in D.C.

‘"You can’t spot a team a period," said Miller, who could not be faulted on any of the Washington goals. "We didn’t come out the way we need to. We want to run with the big dogs, we’re going to have to show a lot more composure and a lot more attention to detail. Just call it like it is."’

Grier soldiers on in face of heartache

‘It has been two weeks since Wendy Grier died at age 67 after a 10-year battle with diabetes and kidney disease. The veteran winger left the Sabres to be with his mother when she became gravely ill and was by her side when she died.’

Thursday’s Washington Coverage

Washington Capitals beat Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, as Nicklas Backstrom scores twice (Washington Post)

Photo gallery (Washington Post)

Backstrom finds his touch in Caps win (Washington Times)

Capitals give fans early Christmas gift in 5-2 win over Buffalo (Washington Examiner)

Postgame Notebook: Capitals 5, Sabres 2 (WashingtonCaps.com)

Photo gallery (WashingtonCaps.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Backstrom scores 2 goals, Capitals beat Sabres 5-2

Washington pressured Sabres goalie Ryan Miller with a 15-4 edge in shots in the opening period, taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Backstrom and Green. The Capitals have scored an NHL-high 47 first-period goals.’

Washington 5, Buffalo 2

‘Tim Connolly and Paul Gaustad each had a goal for the Sabres, who had won six of eight coming into the game. Ryan Miller was touched for all five goals on 38 shots.”