Confidence soaring for Sabres’ Connolly

‘"I didn’t really think about it too much as it was happening," Connolly said. "The team was winning, we were playing well and that’s all that really mattered. If it had kept going, maybe I would have been different and I would have [thought about it more]. To be honest with you, I was just going out and playing."’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates make it two for two (Portland Press Herald)

Another tough loss for Sound Tigers (Coonecticut Post)

Pirates win back-to-back, 2-1, over Bridgeport (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Squeak Past Bridgeport (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates 2 Sound Tigers 1 (SoundTigers.com)

Sabres edge reeling Bruins

‘"We’ve done a good job of not trying to put a big show on for the fans," Miller said. "We’ve stuck to the system. Two goals did it tonight. We’ve had those games here and there where we’ve rewarded the fans but for the most part, this league is all about grinding it out, getting to the third period in a tight game and trying to hold on."’

Bruins struggle to remain successful

‘"There can’t be any lulls now," Boston forward Mark Recchi said. "The biggest thing is the competitive thing every night. We just haven’t been consistent in competing every night, and that’s something you can control. If you take care of that, everything else should control itself. I just don’t think we were consistent in that effort."’

Saturday’s Boston Coverage

Bruins missing the net (Boston Globe)

Slow going for Lucic (Boston Globe)

Bruins all out of swords (Boston Herald)

Marc Savard passes test (Boston Herald)

Photo gallery (BostonBruins.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Miller backstops Sabres to win over Bruins

‘“We were better, but unfortunately we’re looking at the end results, and it wasn’t there,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “If we’re going to start winning hockey games, we can’t dig ourselves a hole every night and try to get out of it. But our whole game was much better than it has been.”’

Buffalo 2, Boston 1

‘”We did a great job overall. We played a real smart game from the first goal on,” said Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. “We did have a couple missed chances, to get a two-goal lead, but with the other team well rested we played a real smart game.”‘

Sabres Hang On To Beat Slumping Bruins 2-1

‘The Sabres are still unbeaten, now 20-0, when heading into the third period with a lead and are 9-0-3 in their last 12 games at the HSBC Arena. Buffalo (71 pts.) is back up by seven over Ottawa (64 pts.) in the Northeast Divison. The Bruins, meanwhile, are fading fast. Once pressuring the Sabres for the division lead, Boston has dropped nine of 10 games to fall to fourth place in the division.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Mancari is the hero for Pirates (Portland Press Herald)

Sound Tigers nipped in shoutout (Connecticut Post)

Mancari’s heroics help the Pirates secure the win (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Enroth Stymies S-Tigers in the Shootout (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates 3 Sound Tigers 2 (SoundTigers.com)

Sabres’ Lydman angered by scratch

‘“It wasn’t good enough, for sure,” Lydman said of his own play.’

Scratch has Lydman in a sniff

‘It goes without saying but can we assume you’re unhappy about it? Lydman: “Yes. It does go without saying but I’ll say it anyway.”‘

Lydman hopes to get back into lineup

‘“The last two games on that trip weren’t what we want to play like,” Lydman said of his effort with Montador in losses at San Jose and Vancouver. “But I think it’s not just the last two games of that trip. Our game has been very sub-par for a while, and we can only try to get better. I’ll just try to prepare as any other game. I don’t think I should change anything and I don’t think I could change anything. Having said that, I need to focus on keeping it simple.”’

Friday’s Boston Coverage

Sabres thumbnails (Boston Globe)

Scouting report: Bruins at Sabres (Boston Herald)

Boston (23-20-8) at Buffalo (31-14-7) (AP)

Boston Bruins (23-20-8) at Buffalo Sabres (31-14-7) (The Sports Network)

Bruins will have Savard back as they take on Sabres (NHL.com)

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Portland Pirates Weekend (Portland Press Herald)

Weary Sabres outduel Devils

‘“It was big,” coach Lindy Ruff said of the Sabres’ 31st win, which ties them with New Jersey for second place in the Eastern Conference (69 points). “We talked about the points we’ve given up. To stop (the losing streak) where we stopped it, to get the win tonight, to get it in the shootout … was important for us.”’