‘"We have gone through it before," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. "You have got to work to get your bounces. We’ve got a lot of players struggling and it’s frustrating."’
‘Only Peca, however, has accepted an invitation to play for Canada at the Sweden Hockey Games 2001, a five-team event to be played in Stockholm and Pardubice, Czech Republic, from Feb. 6 to 11. It will feature teams from Canada, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland and Russia.’
‘Campbell replaces Sabres defenseman Richard Smehlik, who was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 16 with a strained groin muscle.’
As an expansion team, the Blue Jackets have shown themselves capable of putting the sting on some teams despite their last place 15-26-4-3 record in the Central Division.
‘The veteran left winger, brought aboard to help stabilize the Buffalo Sabres’ power play, has petered out along with the entire unit.’
‘So much for Lindy Ruff’s softer, gentler approach.’
‘What happens when an unstartable force meets an inconsequential object?’
‘One might think the Buffalo Sabres, currently struggling to score and anemic on the power play, could use a player such as . . . um, say . . . Blue Jackets forward Geoff Sanderson, for instance?’
‘But in all the flapping gums and body blows, Ruff saw the one thing that has been missing during the Sabres’ atrocious 0-for-31 scoreless streak on the man advantage: grit.’
‘Both Corson and Tucker promised revenge for the slur. "It’s something that obviously will be looked after," Tucker said.’
Inside — way inside — the numbers of the Leafs’ 2-0 shutout of the Sabres.
Legendary National Hockey League enforcer Rob Ray was near the top of the left circle in the Buffalo zone when Gary Valk drove Dominik Hasek head-first into the glass. Strike that. When Gary Valk drove five-time Vezina Trophy, two-time Hart Trophy and nine-time Meal Ticket Dominik Hasek head-first into the glass.
‘The Sabres once again left the ACC full of complaints after falling, 2-0, to Toronto Saturday night. And although they may have had a legitimate gripe or two, they’re kidding themselves if they’re holding tight to the belief it was the officiating that did them in.’
Even in losing, Dominik Hasek stole the show with several eye-popping saves that left the Leafs shaking their heads, including a remarkable diving glove save of a slam-dunk attempt.
‘There were 24 penalties, 68 hits, misconducts, a fight and some alleged personal trash talking that led to a near brawl under the stands.’