Sabres’ Kaleta has thumb surgery

‘Kaleta had arthroscopic surgery to correct an unknown injury, and if the current timeframe holds, he will miss Buffalo’s remaining eight regular-season games, including Monday’s contest at Boston.’

Sabres RW Kaleta has thumb surgery

‘The Sabres announced that Kaleta had surgery on Monday, before Buffalo’s game at Boston. He was hurt during a 4-2 loss to Ottawa on Friday, and missed Buffalo’s 7-1 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday.’

Sabres’ Pominville heats up as season nears end

‘”We all kind of have to elevate our game here toward the last stretch of the season,” Pominville said. “I think that’s how you want to go into it entering the playoffs. In the past I’ve had some OK starts and pretty good finishes. It’s just one of those years where I keep elevating my game.”‘

None better in net than Ryan Miller

‘“I don’t think he’s ever been viewed as an average goaltender. He’s always been viewed as good. What he’s done this year is he has surpassed that and been outstanding. The Olympic team could be happy they had him, because he certainly gave them a chance every game and made them look good.”’

Monday’s Boston Coverage

Sabres thumbnails (Boston Globe)

None better in net than Ryan Miller (Boston Herald)

Scouting report: Sabres at Bruins (Boston Herald)

Buffalo (41-23-10) at Boston (34-28-12) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (41-23-10) at Boston Bruins (34-28-12) (The Sports Network)

Bruins face Sabres, hope to firm up hold on East berth (NHL.com)

Game notes (Sabres.com)

Monday’s Portland Coverage

Short-handed Pirates keep rolling along (Portland Press Herald)

Kyle Wanvig’s Breakaway Lifts Portland Pirates Over Hartford Wolf Pack (Hartford Courant)

Pirates earn 3-2 Win over Hartford despite key call ups (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Collect Fourth Straight Win (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates Outlast Wolf Pack, 3-2 (HartfordWolfPack.com)

Sabres recall Gerbe, Mancari

‘This is the third recall of the season for Mancari, who leads Portland in scoring with 68 points (26+42) in 69 games. Mancari has two points (1+1) in four total games with the Sabres this season. Mancari, 24, was selected by Buffalo in the seventh round (207th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.’

Sabres finally clinch playoff spot as Lalime finally gets 200th win

‘“It’s pretty nice to get there,” said Lalime, who was 0-4-1 with a no-decision in his quest for #200 and endured an excessive amount of booing from fans during a couple of rough starts. “It was a hard one to get. When the team wins, it just adds up and you get to 200. It just means I’m old, probably.”’

Postseason spot secure for Sabres after blowout win

‘"I might even smile," sometimes-surly coach Lindy Ruff said. "It’s a good accomplishment, obviously. To get it with the game we played tonight was real good."’

Ennis perks up Buffalo’s offense

‘"I just came here to work hard, play my game and not do anything different," said the 20- year-old Ennis. "It’s nice to be on the power play. I’m honored to be out there in those situations. It was fun."’

Sabres’ playoff tickets on sale April 5

‘There will be approximately 2,000 tickets available for the four home games in the first round.’

Sunday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Buffalo buries Bolts, 7-1 (Tampa Tribune)

Injuries piling up for Lightning (Tampa Tribune)

St. Louis, Stamkos are top summer priorities for Lightning (Tampa Tribune)

Tampa Bay Lightning loses to Buffalo Sabres 7-1 (St. Petersburg Times)

New Tampa Bay Lightning assistant finding comfort zone with Rick Tocchet (St. Petersburg Times)

Search for Tampa Bay Lightning CEO must be done right, not quickly (St. Petersburg Times)

Sabres 7, Lightning 1 (TampaBayLightning.com)

Photo gallery (TampaBayLightning.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Miller deserves to win Hart

‘The Sabres would have 65 points, not 90, if Miller wasn’t in the lineup.’

Sabres rout Lightning 7-1 to clinch playoff spot

‘“It was a great night,” said Roy, who scored twice during power plays. “We scored two goals right off the bat and could have had a couple more.”’

Buffalo 7, Tampa Bay 1

‘”I’ve been saying this for a while, that the guys in this room are a good group and pretty close together and can’t wait to get started,” said Lalime about his club, which helped him earn his 200th career victory. “You need everyone to be on the same page once the playoffs start.”‘