Sabres pay stiff penalty for not staying out of box

‘The Sabres killed five of seven penalties against the Stars and have allowed at least a pair of power-play goals in four of the past five games. Opponents have struck with the man advantage in seven of the last eight outings. Buffalo’s penalty-kill unit entered the game ranked 27th in the 30-team league. By the time the updated stats come out today, they’re sure to be lower.’

Rivet says he’ll find a way to play better

‘”Right now is a very difficult time for this team. We’re trying to grasp the style of play that we want to play, which I don’t think we’ve found yet. We want to try and build some momentum as a team, and individual play comes into effect. He wasn’t happy with the way I’ve been playing, and I’m sure you can probably look around the room and can maybe point out a few guys. But me individually, I think I need to be better, I need to be better for the team to have success. This is going to be a period where I need to sit back and re-evaluate the things I need to do a lot better on the ice.”‘

Finding a scapegoat for Sabres’ slow start is tough

‘See, when it comes to the Sabres, the need for changing the players or the coach doesn’t mean change is coming. Don’t be surprised if the roster remains basically intact and Ruff and Regier survive this season given the extenuating circumstances surrounding the organization.’

Sunday’s Dallas Coverage

Backup Andrew Raycroft gets shutout in first Stars start, 4-0 (Dallas Morning News)

Dallas Stars’ Brenden Morrow proves leadership, steps up game (Dallas Morning News)

Dallas Stars replay: Stars 4, Buffalo 0 (Dallas Morning News)

Photo gallery (Dallas Morning News)

Stars 4, Sabres 0 (DallasStars.com)

Photo gallery (DallasStars.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Raycroft, Neal, Morrow lead Stars past Sabres 4-0

‘“We tried to play a little more aggressive and we got flagged for some calls,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “You’re playing back-to-back games and it takes a lot of players out of the game. You can try to kill four (penalties), but it takes a lot of energy out of your team.”’

Dallas 4, Buffalo 0

‘Patrick Lalime gave up four goals on 41 shots for Buffalo, which has dropped three in a row.’

Stars Shut Out Sabres 4-0

‘Two of the Stars four goals came on the power play, and added a short handed goal as well.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Another wild win for Pirates (Portland Press Herald)

Where’s the defense as Gragnani nets OT winner (Maine Hockey Journal)

Portland rallies to edge Admirals in overtime (Norfolk Virginian Pilot)

Pirates Win a Wild One in Overtime (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates Sink Admirals in Overtime (NorfolkAdmirals.com)

Sabres recall Luke Adam from Portland

‘This is the second recall of the season for Adam (6’2”, 215 lbs., 6/18/1990), who made his NHL debut on Tuesday in Philadelphia. The 20-year-old Adam is currently tied for the Portland team lead in scoring with 13 points (6+7) in nine games. The native of St. John’s, Nfld., recorded his third multi-point game of the season last night with a goal and two assists during Portland’s 6-5 shootout win over Norfolk.’

Saturday’s Dallas Coverage

Buffalo Sabres at Dallas Stars preview (Dallas Morning News)

Buffalo (3-6-2) at Dallas (5-4-0) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (3-6-2) at Dallas Stars (5-4-0) (The Sports Network)

Stars hope to snap home slide at Sabres’ expense (NHL.com)

Rivet takes seat in loss to Atlanta

‘"Obviously, it sends a message that things are not good enough around here for anybody," said center Derek Roy, who scored with 7.3 seconds left to send the game to overtime. "We can’t be happy with the way we’re playing. We can’t be happy with losing."’

Pominville fails make grade in neuro-psych test

‘"There’s been no ill effects from practicing. He’s gone full-go. He’s gone through battle drills. He had no headaches, stuff like that. There have been no side effects to exercise. Normally, what sets a guy back is he will have headaches or he won’t feel right, or he may feel dizzy or lightheaded, but Jason has had none of that, so it’s a little bit of a different area for us."’

Saturday’s Atlanta Coverage

Thrashers win in overtime (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Bogosian returns to Thrashers lineup (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Thrashers 4, Sabres 3, OT (AtlantaThrashers.com)

Photo gallery (AtlantaThrashers.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Byfuglien scores in overtime for Thrashers

‘The Sabres had a two-man advantage for 1:18 early in the second period, but failed to score. Buffalo had only four shots in the period.’

Atlanta 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)

‘Then, in the extra session, Byfuglien skated the length of the ice and stick- handled around Sabres defenseman Steve Montador before firing a wrister that eluded Ryan Miller on the glove side.’