Sunday’s New Jersey Coverage

Devils routed; Kovalchuk sits (New York Post)

Kovalchuk sits as Devils get ripped by Sabres 6-1 (New York Daily News)

Ilya Kovalchuk sits as healthy scratch, Devils pounded by Sabres, 6-1 (Newark Star Ledger)

Devils coach John MacLean: Decision to scratch Ilya Kovalchuk was mine (Newark Star Ledger)

A stand-up Johan Hedberg calls first start for Devils ‘disappointing’ (Newark Star Ledger)

Ilya Kovalchuk, the Devils’ $100M Man, a healthy scratch in 6-1 loss (Bergen Record)

Rough night for Johan Hedberg (Bergen Record)

Devils’ $100 million man, Kovalchuk, scratched (AP)

Kovalchuk scratched in Devils’ loss to Sabres (NewJerseyDevils.com)

Photo gallery (NewJerseyDevils.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Miller has 26 saves as Sabres crush Devils 6-1

‘“You have to be a good road team in this league to get points,” veteran Sabres forward Michael Grier said. “To make the playoffs and get toward the top of your division and the conference, you have to win at home, so we are going to have to figure that out sooner or later.”’

Buffalo 6, New Jersey 1

‘”We worked hard tonight and it paid off,” said Vanek. “We got the puck to the net more and it worked. Today we got a few breaks our way and were able to put the puck in.”‘

Another Road Win For Sabres; 6-1 Over Devils

‘Craig Rivet was a scratch with a shoulder injury. Lindy Ruff said the Sabres captain is day-to-day with the injury. Mike Weber took his spot on the blue line. Ilya Kovalchuk was a healthy scratch for the Devils.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates grab a ‘sloppy’ victory (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates remain unbeaten in unsatisfying win (Maine Hockey Journal)

Sound Tigers nipped by Portland (Connecticut Post)

Pirates Extend Home Winning Streak to Six Games (PortlandPirates.com)

Leggio denies Sound Tigers, Portland wins 2-1 (SoundTigers.com)

Saturday’s New Jersey Coverage

Buffalo (2-5-1) at New Jersey (2-4-1) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (2-5-1) at New Jersey Devils (2-4-1) (The Sports Network)

Hedberg gets first start as Devils face Sabres (NHL.com)

Ottawa makes itself at home

‘"We want to give back to the fans, and we’ve just got to put together a solid effort," right wing Patrick Kaleta said. "We’ve seen what we can do when we play. We can dominate play. We’ve just got to play a solid 60."’

Senators’ Alfredsson has a grand time

‘"It hasn’t really been on my mind at all with the struggles we’ve been going through," said Alfredsson, who is sixth on the active list in points. "It was more to get some wins. I got a little bit lucky: A tip-in, a half-missed shot that goes in and an open-netter. It feels great to be able to get the 1,000 points and win."’

Ruff still fighting to bring Cup to Buffalo

‘"I’m proud to call Buffalo my home," Ruff said after learning about the honor last summer. "When I look at the Western New York area, they have given me tremendous support from a family sense, from a career sense both as a player and a coach. I feel when I stand here and look at all the people who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, that I’m around some tremendous people."’

Saturday’s Ottawa Coverage

A most timely milestone (Ottawa Citizen)

Myers, Karlsson sharing second-year difficulties (Ottawa Citizen)

Senators eye proposals to ease traffic snarl (Ottawa Citizen)

Game file (Ottawa Citizen)

Photo gallery (Ottawa Citizen)

Big win for Senators’ Alfredsson (Ottawa Sun)

Groin flare-up a pain for Spezza, Sens (Ottawa Sun)

Photo gallery (OttawaSenators.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

Alfie enters a club sélect (Le Droit)

Finally, Elliott remains perfect against Buffalo (Le Droit)

Pominville of return the next week? (Le Droit)

Alfredsson has hat trick, milestone point

‘Tim Connolly scored twice for the Sabres, 0-4-1 at home this season. The last time Buffalo didn’t secure a victory in its first five home games was in 1993-94 when the team dropped seven straight.’

Ottawa 4, Buffalo 2

‘”We weren’t as good with the puck, made some poor puck decisions,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “Some of our decisions between the blue lines weren’t very good.”‘

Alfredsson Dominates In Sens Win; Sabres Still Winless At Home

‘Well, another home game and another loss for the Sabres. The team had a rough first period, a few mistakes in the second period and the result is another two points passing them by.’

Sabres’ Regier: The Margin for Error is Slim

‘”The margin from the best to the worst is way smaller than it’s ever been for as long as I’ve been involved in the National Hockey League,” said the Sabres General Manager. “When you come to play, the work ethic has to be there.”‘

Aftermath: Seantors 4, Sabres 2

‘Elliott improved to 9-0-0 against the Sabres, and Alfredsson notched the milestone point with an empty-net goal with 22 seconds left to help the Senators win for the first time in five tries this season on the road.’