Sabres Shut Out Devils 2-0

‘It wasn’t always pretty, but Miller was up to the task when he needed to be and the offense did just enough to beat Brodeur twice for tallies.’

The aftermath: Sabres 2, Devils 0

‘The Sabres have gone 11-3-3 over their last 17 games dating back to Feb. 23. Tonight’s victory also gives them their second three-game winning streak of the season.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates’ struggles at home continue (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates’ ship developing a steady leak (Maine Hockey Journal)

Power play sizzles for Checkers victory (Charlotte Observer)

Checkers Squeeze By Pirates (PortlandPirates.com)

Checkers score three in third, hang on to win 5-4 (GoCheckers.com)

Saturday’s New Jersey Coverage

New Jersey (34-35-5) at Buffalo (37-28-9) (AP)

New Jersey Devils (34-35-5) at Buffalo Sabres (37-28-9) (The Sports Network)

Sabres look to protect playoff position vs. Devils (NHL.com)

Sabres lock up another triumph

‘"The biggest thing is when we have leads to be better with leads," Sabres right wing Jason Pominville said. "We’ve done a better job and hopefully learned from that tough one we lost the other night."’

Stafford snaps out of scoring slump

‘”It’s huge for me, especially missing a couple games there with another muscle thing,” said Stafford, who leads the team with 28 goals. “It’s frustrating. I’m not going to lie. At the same time, it’s just a matter of sticking with it and doing the other things to help this team contribute to winning. You never know when you’re going to get a bounce. You have to be ready for it and tonight I happened to get a couple.”‘

Saturday’s Florida Coverage

Florida Panthers’ loss sets a futility record (Miami Herald)

Photo gallery (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Panthers Booth OK’ed to travel after hit by puck (AP)

Photo gallery (FloridaPanthers.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Stafford sparks Sabres to 4-2 win over Panthers

‘“Once you get that one goal, the crowd gets into it and the momentum shifts,” Pominville said. “And then we got another one off the bat, and the building kind of exploded. It’s a fun building to play in when it gets like that.”’

Buffalo 4, Florida 2

‘”Every game is going to be real tight,” Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said of the stretch run. “We’re going to have to play real sound defensively.”‘

Sabres Shut Down Panthers 4-2

‘It seems like the more and more you throw at this team, the better they respond.’

The aftermath: Sabres 4, Panthers 2

‘Drew Stafford scored two goals and added an assist to reach 45 points for the season, tying the career-high he set in 2008-09. He now has a team-leading 28 goals on the season. Stafford’s first goal of the game was also his first since March 6 and broke a 1-1 tie in the second period as he was somehow able to get his stick on a pass from Brad Boyes in front of the crease. His second goal came in the third period when he knocked in a Tyler Ennis rebound, and occurred just 13 seconds after Jordan Leopold had scored a power play goal to put Buffalo ahead, 3-1.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Loose, not losers (Portland Press Herald)

Portland division leaders as playoffs near (Brunswick Times Record)

Pirates, Sound Tigers reverse roles (Maine Hockey Journal)

Rakhshani’s hat trick leads Sound Tigers past Pirates (Connecticut Post)

Sound Tigers Roll Against the Pirates (PortlandPirates.com)

Sound Tigers power past Pirates 5-1 (SoundTigers.com)

Rico used Sabres fame to spread joy

‘The autograph signed for the father of a cancer patient proved him a decent man. The subsequent secret hospital visit to meet with the child spoke to the depth of his generosity.’

With Hecht back soon, Ruff will be forward thinking

‘"You’ve got four lines that are producing," Ruff said after practice Thursday morning in the Northtown Center at Amherst. "On different nights you’re getting plays that make a difference in the game."’

Former teammates, son honor Rick Martin in memorial service

‘”There was that renewed sense of optimism from my father,” Corey Martin said. “You could see that little gleam in his eye.”‘