Byfuglien Scores In OT To Give Thrashers 4-3 Win

‘Roy scored with just 8 seconds to go in regulation to draw the Sabres even with Atlanta 3-3 and send the game to overtime. Miller was pulled in favor of an extra attacker and the move paid off for Buffalo.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Portland rallies to earn shootout victory (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates out duel Admirals for first road win of the season (Maine Hockey Journal)

Admirals suffer first home loss 6-5 to Portland in shootout (Norfolk Virginian Pilot)

Pirates Outlast Admirals for Shootout Victory (PortlandPirates.com)

Admirals Drop Seesaw Battle with Pirates in Shootout (NorfolkAdmirals.com)

Sabres’ penalty killers are frustrated

‘"Our penalty killing is near the bottom of the league, and now we’ve got to race to the top," coach Lindy Ruff said. "Structure-wise, we’ve been OK. We’ve made some big mistakes. Shot lanes are so important, and we’ve missed some shot lanes. Pucks aren’t hitting us. When they don’t hit you, the result is usually the shot goes in or somebody’s allowed to tip the puck in front of the net."’

Flat play puts target on Ruff

‘There’s little to the mystery of why this franchise has missed the playoffs five of the last eight years. Either the personnel isn’t what the GM fancies it or the coaching fails to extract optimum performance from the players at hand. What prevents the organization from pinpointing the problem is the absence of a team president with the knowledge to discern the difference.’

Kelley and Mogilny picked for Sabres’ Hall

‘The Sabres’ Hall of Fame Committee elected Kelley and Mogilny as the two members of their 2011 induction class. Mogilny, one of the Sabres’ most talented players on the ice, and Kelley, one of the area’s most respected voices off it, will be enshrined on New Year’s Day prior to the Sabres’ home game against Boston in HSBC Arena.’

Friday’s Atlanta Coverage

Thrashers preview (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Buffalo (3-6-1) at Atlanta (4-4-1) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (3-6-1) at Atlanta Thrashers (4-4-1) (The Sports Network)

Buffalo makes second trip to Atlanta this month (NHL.com)

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates eye first road win with a trip south of the Mason-Dixon (Maine Hockey Journal)

Regier Needs To eC’ The Truth About Roster

‘The skilled Sabres players lack consistency, and the tenacity needed to win in this league. A very talented youngster like Tyler Ennis is in his rookie season, and naturally will be looking up to players who have his same skill sets. Roy, Vanek and Connolly are not two-way players, not in the least. Ennis will see that it is acceptable to slack in the defensive zone, as long as he is producing offensively.’

Sabres prospect Kassian has assault charge dropped

‘He was charged with assault after punching a man, chipping the man’s tooth, at a bar in Windsor in May. Ducharme told the newspaper that his client also agreed to pay for the victim’s dental work.’

Adam makes NHL debut

‘“I never played more than 10 minutes in the pre-season, so that was a bit of a surprise,” he said of his ice time Tuesday night.’

Regier makes play for passion

‘"We’ve got to get the focus up, the energy level up again, and certainly we’re focusing on the things that we’re capable of, which is a lot more I think than where we are now," Regier said. "It’s important that we get our own attention and each other’s attention and we respond."’

Court drops assault charge against Kassian

‘A court in Windsor, Ont., dismissed the case against Kassian after negotiating a deal, the Windsor Star reported. In exchange for dropping the charges, Kassian reportedly had to perform 25 hours of community service, make a $500 donation to charity and pay for the dental work of the victim, who suffered a chipped tooth during the early morning altercation May 30.’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates’ trip a chance to bond (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates talk with proposed racino developers (Portland Press Herald)

Adam rejoins Pirates after NHL debut (Maine Hockey Journal)

Ellis arrives as Pirates release roster; Civic Center one step closer to renovation (Maine Hockey Journal)

Kassian avoids assault record

‘Ducharme said a criminal record would have had “serious” implications on Kassian’s career. He was the Buffalo Sabres’ first-round draft pick and a criminal record would have made it difficult for the LaSalle native to cross the border.’

Sabres lack anger management

‘"It’s a tough one to take, but we have to figure out how to play a full game like we did the last 10 minutes of that game," Myers said. "Until we do that, we’re going to end up on the losing end of games."’