Sabres’ Connolly returning, front and center

‘"There were nine fractures in the nose, so they had to kind of piece it back together," Connolly said Thursday. "They used some type of jelly mold to basically reconstruct it."’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates fall on a goal in OT (Portland Press Herald)

Kennedy haunts former team with OT winner (Maine Hockey Journal)

Whale Win In Overtime On Kennedy’s Goal (Hartford Courant)

Pirates Nipped By Whale (PortlandPirates.com)

Kennedy’s Goal Beats Former Team in Whale OT Win (CTWhale.com)

Sabres beat Oilers for Miller’s 200th win

‘Miller made 29 saves, including a great glove grab on Ales Hemsky in the third period as Buffalo was protecting a 3-2 lead. Miller, 30, is the 67th goalie in NHL history to reach 200. He’s 12th on the active list, tied with teammate Patrick Lalime.’

Ennis has little left to prove to critics

‘The five-foot-nine Ennis has spent his whole hockey career charging into traffic and getting out without taking any major body blows.’

Homecoming big for Sabres&#8217 Ennis

‘“It’s exciting, I’ve been waiting for this day to come for a bit,” Ennis said. “I’m pretty excited to play in Edmonton. I grew up watching the Oilers and now it’s pretty cool that I’m going to get a chance to play here against the Oilers.”’

Sabres&#8217 Weber nets first career goal

‘“It’s a bit surreal,” Weber said. “It’s a dream come true to get your first NHL goal. I just kind of threw the puck on net. It’s a little thing, but if you throw the puck on net, you never know what’s going to happen. I’m pretty happy.”’

Wednesday’s Edmonton Coverage

Sabres cut down Oilers, Whitney (Edmonton Journal)

‘Moral victories are great, but they don’t get you points’ (Edmonton Journal)

Petry thrown into fire in NHL debut (Edmonton Journal)

Ennis has little left to prove to critics (Edmonton Journal)

Gilbert’s iron-man streak hits 289 games (Edmonton Journal)

Oilers dig deeper into 15th place (Edmonton Sun)

Oilers growing pains persistent (Edmonton Sun)

Homecoming big for Sabres’ Ennis (Edmonton Sun)

Sabres’ Weber nets first career goal (Edmonton Sun)

Gilbert’s Oilers ironman streak intact (Edmonton Sun)

Oilers speared by Sabres 4-2 (EdmontonOilers.com)

Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Sabres (EdmontonOilers.com)

Photo gallery (EdmontonOilers.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Miller, Weber lead Sabres over Oilers

‘Weber also had an assist for a three-point night after picking up just four assists in his first 39 NHL games through portions of three seasons with the Sabres. “That’s probably the biggest game I have had in hockey, ever,” said the Pittsburgh product. “It was pretty special. I guess every squirrel finds a nut sometimes.”‘

Buffalo 4, Edmonton 2

‘Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff was happy his team was able to get a couple of key goals down the stretch for the win, including Hecht’s wrister 2:45 into the third period that gave the Sabres a 3-1 lead.’

Milestone Nights for Weber, Miller; Sabres Beat Oilers 4-2

‘With the win, Buffalo improves to 15-18-4 and are now eight points behind Montreal for 8th place in the Eastern Conference.’

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

Special teams lift Pirates, 4-3 (Portland Press Herald)

Special teams come through for the Pirates (Maine Hockey Journal)

Providence falters in third period (Providence Journal)

Pirates Squeeze By Bruins (PortlandPirates.com)

P-Bruins fall to Pirates 4-3 (ProvidenceBruins.com)

Sabres owner denies sale of team

‘Quinn said Tuesday that contrary to a report in The Buffalo News, Pegula has not signed such a document to purchase the NHL team from majority owner Tom Golisano. He also refuted a television report that said Golisano would announce the sale when the world junior hockey championship wraps up here next week.’

Buffalo Sabres Sale to Terry Pegula To Be Announced Shortly

‘A source close to the situation tells 2 On Your Side’s Scott Brown that the sale of the Buffalo Sabres to Pennsylvania billionaire Terry Pegula is expected to be announced at some point after the World Juniors Championship wraps up next week.’

Tuesday’s Edmonton Coverage

Game Day: Buffalo Sabres at Edmonton Oilers (Edmonton Journal)

Buffalo (14-18-4) at Edmonton (12-16-6) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (14-18-4) at Edmonton Oilers (12-16-6) (The Sports Network)

Sabres hope to rebound in Edmonton (NHL.com)

Game Notes (EdmontoOilers.com)

Sabres lose Myers, then game

‘Myers did not take the ice for the warmup and it was announced just before faceoff he was a scratch for the first time during his two seasons after playing 117 consecutive games. Ruff said Myers told him after the morning skate he wasn’t feeling well. The coach didn’t know what Myers’ status would be for tonight. "I don’t think it’s likely," Ruff said.’