Buffalo 5, NY Islanders 3

‘Tyler Ennis and Jason Pominville also had a goal and a helper, while Paul Gaustad added a marker for Buffalo, which recovered from a 5-2 loss to the Islanders on Friday and have won three of four overall.’

Third Time Is The Charm, Sabres Top Islanders 5-3

‘Nathan Gerbe, Tyler Myers and Jason Pominville all scored in the third period to propel the Sabres to the victory.’

Monday’s Portland Coverage

Mancari helps Pirates to a shootout win (Portland Press Herald)

Mancari strikes again for Pirates (Maine Hockey Journal)

So far, Sharks defining mediocre (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Sharks brass awaits players’ healing (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Pirates Connect for Shootout Victory (PortlandPirates.com)

Sharks comeback, fall in shootout (SharksAHL.com)

Struggles telling for Myers

‘"He’s a little on the fragile side," coach Lindy Ruff acknowledged after Saturday’s half-hour workout in the Northtown Center of Amherst. "That first goal started with the turnover, an area of the game we’ve talked about … He saw something that wasn’t there and that’s the part that he’s struggling with right now."’

Reinforcements called up from Portland

‘To fill in the gaps, the Sabres announced Saturday night they have called up Matt Ellis and Paul Byron from Portland.’

Finances too often dictate Sabres’ roster moves

‘Almost every move General Manager Darcy Regier has made since the lockout has been based on attrition, not competition, and money, not winning. The Sabres too often this year looked like they were going through the motions, much like Regier did last summer. Their awakening going into the all-star break could be too late.’

Sunday’s New York Coverage

Buffalo (21-21-5) at New York (15-24-7) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (21-21-5) at New York Islanders (15-24-7) (The Sports Network)

Sabres still seek first win against Isles (NHL.com)

Game Preview: Islanders vs. Sabres (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Sabres looking for better start

‘“We didn’t start well last night, we ended up with the highest amount of scoring chances we’ve had in a game but didn’t convert,” said Head Coach Lindy Ruff. “You can’t work that hard in the last 40 minutes and not convert on those opportunities. If you don’t convert on the opportunities, you’re going to find yourself losing games again. It looked a lot like it did earlier in the year.”’

Ellis and Byron recalled from Portland

‘Currently in his second pro season, this is the first NHL recall of Byron’s career. Byron (5’9”, 170 lbs., 4/27/1989) is second on the Pirates in scoring with 31 points (14+17) in 43 games, including a team-leading seven PPG. The Ottawa, Ont.-native has 64 points (26+38) in 100 career AHL games with Portland. Byron was selected by the Sabres in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 Entry Draft, after playing three years with Gatineau of the QMJHL.’

More Youth, Less Size

‘It’s not necessarily a bad thing to have small players on the team as recent NHL success has shown. Gerbe and Ennis, in my opinion, have been the Sabres best forwards for the past week or so. Daniel Briere, Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Kane have all flourished in the past few years and none of them are more than 6 feet tall. The key is to surround these players with productive big men.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Mancari gives Pirates a boost (Portland Press Herald)

Mancari propels Pirates to victory; takes AHL lead in goals (Maine Hockey Journal)

P-Bruins overwhelmed by Portland’s third-period burst (Providence Journal)

Pirates Continue Season Long Success Against Bruins (PortlandPirates.com)

P-Bruins fall to Pirates 5-2 (ProvidenceBruins.com)

Early slumber proves costly

‘The Sabres haven’t won three games in a row this season. With only two games left until the All-Star break, they won’t do it until at least February. If they play like they did Friday, they won’t do it at all.’

Hand injury sends Kaleta to an early exit

‘X-rays revealed no new damage, so as long as Kaleta can deal with the pain he can play. It got to be too much as he didn’t return for the second or third periods.’

Saturday’s New York Coverage

Lawson injured in Islanders’ win over Sabres (Newsday)

Isles’ Jurcina placed on injured reserve (Newsday)

Islanders goalie Lawson injured (AP)

Islanders 5, Sabres 2 (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Photo gallery (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Grabner scores 2 goals, Isles beat Sabres 5-2

‘“I didn’t like the start of the game, not at all,” Ruff said, noting the Sabres were down 2-0 while being outshot 10-3 before the game was 11 minutes old. “I didn’t like our first shift. It wasn’t good enough.”’