Sabres/Capitals February 20 game time moved up to 12:30 p.m.

‘NBC Sports will broadcast four NHL games that day, featuring eight teams from some of the most avid U.S. hockey markets. The first three games will be broadcast regionally with staggered starts. All viewers will begin the day with the same game before some viewers are taken to their regional game.’

Sabres get the last word

‘"It’s a huge two points," Morrisonn said. "It’s nice to get that first one with the Sabres. It’s taken a little longer than I thought, but I’m just happy to get that one."’

Alfredsson, Senators cope with rebuilding

‘"Memory is always really short," he said Tuesday. "This feels like the toughest stretch I’ve ever been through. I’m pretty sure it’s not, but it’s been a tough year. Things haven’t gone the way we would have liked, and we’re not where we want to be."’

A dream return home for Byron

‘Byron played 14 minutes, 30 seconds in his debut and made a good impression on head coach Lindy Ruff with his skating and effort. Why not? Byron treats every practice, every game, as another chance to prove himself. “Skating is my No. 1 asset,” Byron says. “That’s what I do, get around the ice, harder for guys to hit me, and take me out of plays. I try to use my speed as much as possible.”‘

Wednesday’s Ottawa Coverage

Sabres hand Senators 7th straight loss at home (Ottawa Citizen)

A cold January and the Sens are losing (Ottawa Citizen)

Toughest stretch ever? (Ottawa Citizen)

A dream return home for Byron (Ottawa Citizen)

Game File (Ottawa Citizen)

Photo gallery (Ottawa Citizen)

Sens awful at home, lose in OT (Ottawa Sun)

Sens’ barn has stench to it (Ottawa Sun)

Photo gallery (OttawaSenators.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

Even against Buffalo, Elliott is inclined (Le Droit)

A glimmer of hope for the massive attack of the Directions (Le Droit)

Byron benefits from the heritage of Giroux (Le Droit)

Morrisonn scores in OT as Sabres beat Sens 3-2

‘Buffalo moved within four points of the idle Atlanta Thrashers for the final spot in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand.’

Buffalo 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)

‘Paul Byron and Jochen Hecht also tallied for Buffalo, which has won four of its last five games. Thomas Vanek collected two assists, while Miller finished with 27 saves.’

Morrisonn’s OT Winner Sends Sabres Past Sens 3-2

‘Shaone Morrisonn picked the perfect time to score his first goal of the season. The Sabres defenseman slammed home a rebound about two minutes into overtime in Ottawa on Tuesday to lift Buffalo past the Senators 3-2. Earlier in the game, Sabres forward Paul Byron, playing in his hometown, notched his first career NHL goal.’

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

Too few players, plenty of heart (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates dig deep… Really deep for the win (Maine Hockey Journal)

Practice just as dangerous as the game for the Pirates (Maine Hockey Journal)

Admirals suffer 2nd loss in a row (Norfolk Virginian Pilot)

Pirates Sink Admirals (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates, Enroth Steal One From Admirals (NorfolkAdmirals.com)

Sabres aim to adjourn on winning note

‘"We’ve been going pretty good, and you’d like to keep playing," Ruff said Monday. "We’ve closed the gap and got some games in hand on the eighth-place team, so I look at it that it would be nice to keep rolling."’

Tuesday’s Ottawa Coverage

Buffalo (22-21-5) at Ottawa (17-25-7) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (22-21-5) at Ottawa Senators (17-25-7) (The Sports Network)

Reeling Sens set to host Sabres (NHL.com)

Sabres go all in to finally beat lowly Isles

‘"It was an important step. They had a pretty good second period against us," said goaltender Ryan Miller, who had 15 of his 31 saves in the middle frame. "When they put pressure on you, you have to stop and collect yourself as a group. I thought we did a good job of that in the third."’

Byron gets right to the point in debut

‘”I was pretty excited,” said the 21-year-old Byron, Buffalo’s sixth-round pick in 2007. “It’s always a dream come true to get a call-up. I wasn’t really expecting it.”‘

Monday’s New York Coverage

Isles fall to Sabres at Coliseum, 5-3 (Newsday)

Snow and Nabokov: He said, he said (Newsday)

Sabres 5, Islanders 3 (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Photo gallery (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Gerbe strikes for winner as Sabres top Isles 5-3

‘Nathan Gerbe snapped a tie early in the third period with a power-play goal, and the Buffalo Sabres salvaged a split of the home-and-home series by beating the New York Islanders 5-3 on Sunday.’