Monday’s Vancouver Coverage

Canucks-Sabres matchup recalls lockout-era AHL playoff series (Vancouver Province)

Ruff finds wiggle room for small-market Sabres (Vancouver Province)

Canucks Gameday (Vancouver Province)

Three things to watch (Vancouver Province)

Canucks Game Day: It’s a drive for five tonight (Vancouver Sun)

Buffalo (30-13-7) at Vancouver (31-18-2) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (30-13-7) at Vancouver Canucks (31-18-2) (The Sports Network)

Canucks hope to make it five in a row against Sabres (NHL.com)

Game notes (Canucks.com)

Strong third period by Sharks foils Sabres’ effort

‘San Jose scored three times in the third period Saturday, pulling out of a tie and earning a 5-2 victory in HP Pavilion. The Sabres controlled long stretches and kept San Jose quiet. The Sharks, though, didn’t miss when finding the slightest piece of open ice and improved to 35-10-8.’

Connolly’s line points the way for Sabres

‘"Since our old line has been put back together — Hecht, Pominville and myself — I think we’ve found some chemistry and been able to capitalize on it," Connolly said in HP Pavilion. "We’ve just got to continue to work and try and improve in all the little areas, score even more goals and play better defensively."’

Sunday’s San Jose Coverage

Sharks defeat Buffalo, extend win streak to five games (San Jose Mercury News)

McLellan breaks stretch of games into segments (San Jose Mercury News)

Sharks run win streak to five with 5-2 nod over Sabres (Gilroy Dispatch)

San Jose Had A Tough 1st, But Eventually Prevailed (SJSharks.com)

Photo gallery (SJSharks.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Pavelski leads Sharks to 5-2 win over Sabres

‘“We let the time hang around and they didn’t miss on their opportunities,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think we doubled up on our opportunities all night. We were disappointed that we didn’t take advantage of them and we made a couple of mistakes.”’

San Jose 5, Buffalo 2

‘”We knew they were a fast team,” Heatley said. “They came out hard, got a good forecheck going on us. I thought as the game went on we got stronger and got better.”‘

Sharks Dump Sabres 5-2

‘Pominville’s 14th goal of the season was the equalizer just eighteen seconds into the third period to make the score 2-2. The goal came on the power play against the top ranked penalty kill in the NHL. Chris Butler and Tyler Myers were given assists on the power play tally. Pavelski gave the Sharks the 3-2 lead after slapping home a rebound shot in the crease. His second goal of the game was assisted by Devin Setoguchi and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Devils Deal Pirates a Loss (PortlandPirates.com)

Devils Push Past Pirates, 4-1 (LowellDevilsHockey.com)

Sabres’ Grier set to face his old teammates

‘"It’s not a game that I’m overly looking forward to," Grier said Friday. "It’s tough to play against some of your friends, battle and do the things you need to do. It was the same way for me when Buffalo came here a few years back. It wasn’t an easy game. Same thing when I went back to Edmonton. It’s not an easy thing to do."’

Ruff hates to draw blanks during shootout

‘”I think it’s even worse than a regulation loss because you’re staring at an extra point. I’ve said this in the past, you feel like every shooter you’ve picked is the wrong shooter if they don’t score. It’s points you like to get.”‘

Two former Sharks o Grier and Rivet o shining with Sabres

‘”I only played one year here. But it was a great organization and a good bunch of guys, and the fans were terrific,” Rivet said Friday. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”‘

Saturday’s San Jose Coverage

Two former Sharks — Grier and Rivet — shining with Sabres (San Jose Mercury News)

San Jose Sharks vs. Buffalo Sabres preview (San Jose Mercury News)

Buffalo (30-12-7) at San Jose (34-10-8) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (30-12-7) at San Jose Sharks (34-10-8) (The Sports Network)

Elite goalies highlight Sharks-Sabres matchup (NHL.com)

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Portland Pirates Today (Portland Press Herald)

Kennedy returns to Sabres lineup

‘"Sitting out the last couple of games was not where I wanted to be, but my play hasn’t been up to the standards that I want and the coaching staff wants," Kennedy said in Staples Center. "It was good for me to sit out for two games and just watch the game, see what’s going on, take a step back, and hopefully I’ll go in and I’ll go back to where my game’s supposed to be."’

Kings edge Sabres in shootout

‘Buffalo has gone to overtime in four of its past six games. The Sabres have one overtime win and three shootout losses during this run of tight games. They are 6-6 in games decided in the five-minute session and 2-5 in shootouts this season.’