Pegula not subtle about expectations

‘”I think when a new owner steps in and says that, that’s a very strong message,” said Lindy Ruff, the Sabres’ head coach since 1997. “Terry has an incredible passion for the game, he has an incredible passion for the Sabres, and that has given us that little extra push.”‘

Tuesday’s Toronto Coverage

Leafs’ MacArthur staying positive (Toronto Sun)

Leafs’ Reimer knows Miller well (Toronto Sun)

MacArthur laments recent goal drought (Toronto Sun)

Leafs still hold on to playoff hope (Toronto Star)

Same old story: Leafs’ late push doesn’t equal playoffs (Toronto Star)

Leafs’ youth leads way in second half (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Sabres relish chance to ‘bury’ the Leafs (National Post)

Destiny beckons (National Post)

Pegula not subtle about expectations (National Post)

Leafs vs. Sabres: season in review (National Post)

Leafs float hope: to win six you have to win one (Hamilton Spectator)

Time running out on Maple Leafs season (CP)

Buffalo (38-28-9) at Toronto (34-32-10) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (38-28-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (34-32-10) (The Sports Network)

Last gasp for Leafs, who play host to Sabres (NHL.com)

Final Chapter Of Season Not Yet Written (MapleLeafs.com)

Tuesday’s Portland Coverage

Portland Pirates today (Portland Press Herald)

Gragnani recalled to Buffalo (Maine Hockey Journal)

Gragnani Recalled by Sabres (PortlandPirates.com)

Miller honored for big week

‘“It’s nice this time of year to have a little stretch where you’re recognized like that, but I guess it kind of depends on the way we’ve been playing as a team, too. Really paying attention to detail, I think we have good emotion in the game and I think that’s exactly what we need this time of year,” Miller said.’

Sources: NHL downsizes ‘Premiere’

‘The NHL’s original plan to have six of its teams open the regular season overseas next season has been downsized to four, sources told ESPN.com on Saturday. The Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals, part of the original six teams asked to participate, are no longer in the mix for the Premiere Games, the sources said. The New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres remain slated to open next season in Europe.

Sabres generating plenty of offense

‘The Sabres are eighth in the NHL and third in the Eastern Conference with 217 goals (not counting shootout winners). That’s 16 more than the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals, eight more than Pittsburgh and even with Steven Stamkos-led Tampa Bay.’

Miller time again for Leafs

‘The recipe for success against Miller is simple: Get traffic in front of him. It was on the board prior to the previous meeting between the teams two weeks ago, a message the players obviously took to heart.’

Sabres’ desperation turns into ambitious quest

‘"If we play the right kind of game, we can play with anybody and we can win hockey games," said Miller, who made 30 stops. "It’s a matter of keeping that attention to detail and keeping that work ethic up there. We’ve been seeing the rewards for playing solid hockey, and by reward I mean we’re getting the wins."’

Simple philosophy led to Sabres’ resurgence

‘Buffalo’s win was hardly keeper for the postseason DVD. The Sabres didn’t score any fancy goals with tick-tack-toe passing. Ryan Miller was solid in making 30 saves, but he wasn’t required to stand on his head. The Sabres were disciplined defensively and controlled the game from nearly start to finish. In that sense, it was a masterpiece.’

Hand injury will keep Leopold sidelined

‘"It’s not day to day. It will be weeks," Regier said in a brief meeting with reporters in the press box.’

Sunday’s New Jersey Coverage

Little left for Devils but to fall on pitchforks (New York Post)

Devils continue to slide out of playoff picture with 2-0 loss to Sabres (Newark Star Ledger)

Jacques Lemaire wonders if Devils played like their season was over (Newark Star Ledger)

Devils look like they’re out of gas in 2-0 loss to Sabres (Bergen Record)

Patient Zach Parise (Bergen Record)

Photo gallery (NewJerseyDevils.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Miller stops 30 shots, Sabres beat Devils 2-0

‘“I’m happy with our progress. We’re on the right path,” Miller said. “But I’m not going to be happy so to speak until the job’s done.”’

Sabres&#8217 Leopold out indefinitely with broken hand

‘General manager Darcy Regier says the team will know more about the extent of the injury–and whether surgery is required–after the player meets with a specialist Monday. Regier says it’s not clear when Leopold could return if the eighth-place Sabres qualify for the playoffs.’

Buffalo 2, New Jersey 0

‘Buffalo now has 85 points and sits five points ahead of Carolina, which lost to Tampa Bay on Saturday, for the final playoff spot. Also, the Sabres are two points back of both the Rangers and Canadiens.’

Sabres D Leopold out with hand injury

‘Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said the team will know more on Monday when Leopold sees a hand specialist, adding the nature of the injury will put the blueliner out for weeks.’