Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates continue mastery of Bruins (Portland Press Herald)

Jensen’s success built on hard work (Portland Press Herald)

Little offense for P-Bruins in 2-0 loss to Pirates (Providence Journal)

Lamoureux shuts down P-Bruins (Maine Hockey Journal)

Lamoureux Leads Pirates to Shutout Victory (PortlandPirates.com)

P-Bruins fall to Pirates 2-0 (ProvidenceBruins.com)

Game-tying goal indicates Montador has the message

‘“I had come to a point where I think I was letting some things bother me in my game,” Montador said Thursday after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s contest against the Ottawa Senators. “When you show that energy to your teammates, to your coaches, they’re not going to rely on you, and they shouldn’t if you’re not in the zone.”’

Sabres tired of talking about Senators

‘"It aggravates me," Kaleta said Thursday. "I’m obviously not a fan of Ottawa."’

Injury prolongs rough stretch for Torres

‘”Big-time [frustration],” Torres said Thursday. “I still haven’t had a chance to prove myself here, so I’ve still got a lot of work to do. Hopefully, it’ll just keep getting better on a daily basis.”‘

Friday’s Ottawa Coverage

Senators Game Day (Ottawa Citizen)

Ottawa (39-30-5) at Buffalo (40-22-10) (AP)

Ottawa Senators (39-30-5) at Buffalo Sabres (40-22-10) (The Sports Network)

Northeast-leading Sabres hope to finally solve Sens (NHL.com)

Buffalo hunting in Senators’ sights (OttawaSenators.com)

Game notes (Sabres.com)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

The Senators have the number of the Sabres (Le Droit)

Friday’s Portland Coverage

He’s reaching new heights (Portland Press Herald)

Sabres focus on challenges ahead

‘In order to beat a team that has won seven of the last nine meetings at HSBC Arena, the Sabres ultimately have to conquer themselves. “It’s just a mental block,” Steve Montador said. “We know we’re a good team. We know they’re a good team. But if we play the way we know we can play, starting from our D zone out to the neutral zone through the offensive zone… the result will take care of itself.”’

Kaleta, Tallinder practice

‘“I knew what it was right off the bat,” Kaleta said. “They recognized it early and obviously they took a little precautionary action, which probably is the smartest thing to do. I would rather play no matter what, but they want me to be ready for tomorrow and the next game.”’

It’s Spring o Playoffs Are In The Air

‘The fact is Lindy Ruff’s system is not ideal for creative offensive-minded players. It is a very defensive-minded “structured” system that requires everybody on the ice to think stopping goals, not scoring goals. The coach actually let the team go away from this for the first couple of years out of the lockout because other teams were not ready for it. Now that other teams have caught up, it is best for Ruff to go back to what he knows best. That’s not to say this team cannot win several series playing this system. What has to happen though, is the team has to take better advantage of its power plays than it has this year.’

Sabres find extra gear, stun Canadiens

‘With half the HSBC Arena crowd on the way home, everything finally showed up again.’

Hecht takes family lesson to heart

‘”I was not in a good mood last year,” Hecht said Wednesday morning. “I was miserable and down on myself, hard on myself. I wanted to change that. I knew that I had to change it to play better. Even at home, away from hockey, I was still in a bad mood. So I had to learn to separate those two things.”‘

Blindside hits ruling expected soon

‘Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell, the ex-Sabre, are among five players on the Competition Committee working on the proposal, which has already been approved unanimously by the league’s Board of Governors.’

Goaltending gives Sabres playoff edge

‘And then there’s Myers. The Sabres felt they had a better team than the one that missed the playoffs by two points last season, but Ruff said Myers has been the wild card. “We didn’t know what Tyler Myers was going to bring,” said Ruff. “You’re looking at a guy who has been an impact player. You can’t estimate what that’s going to be before the year starts. But when you get to this part, you know how valuable he’s been.”’

Thursday’s Montreal Coverage

Sabres snatch win in shootout (Montreal Gazette)

‘It’s been that kind of year,’ Price says (Montreal Gazette)

Goaltending gives Sabres playoff edge (Montreal Gazette)

Late collapse buries Habs (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Photo gallery (Canadiens.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

The Tricolour one collapses at the end of the match (Le Journal de Montreal)

“One sat down on our bottom” (Le Journal de Montreal)

Ryan Miller inspires the Sabres (Le Journal de Montreal)

The Sabres haunt Price and the Canadian at the end of the match (La Presse)

Ruff bet, the Sabres gained (La Presse)

Canadian-sabres: analysis of the match (La Presse)

An invaluable lost point (RDS.ca)

Sabres rally to beat Canadiens in shootout

‘Tim Connolly scored a power-play goal with 1:59 left in regulation, and Steve Montador tied it with 47.9 seconds left and goalie Ryan Miller off for an extra attacker. Miller made with 26 saves to help the Sabres win their fourth straight game.’