Archives for January 2001

Columbus 2, Buffalo 1

‘"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."’

Peca to play in tourney but Lindros declines

‘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.’

Amerks’ Campbell gets call from Sabres

‘Campbell replaces Sabres defenseman Richard Smehlik, who was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 16 with a strained groin muscle.’

Heads up! Columbus can sting like a bee

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.

Andreychuk, power play both quiet

‘The veteran left winger, brought aboard to help stabilize the Buffalo Sabres’ power play, has petered out along with the entire unit.’

Lindy gets rough with his players

‘So much for Lindy Ruff’s softer, gentler approach.’

‘Special teams’ will face off

‘What happens when an unstartable force meets an inconsequential object?’

Sanderson is Jackets’ gain, punchless Sabres’ loss

‘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?’

Ruff sees power play on way to emotional rescue

‘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.’

Slur sparks vow of revenge

‘Both Corson and Tucker promised revenge for the slur. "It’s something that obviously will be looked after," Tucker said.’

Sabres-Leafs Crunching the Numbers

Inside — way inside — the numbers of the Leafs’ 2-0 shutout of the Sabres.

Razor, Sabres lose their edge on Leafs

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.

Punchless Sabres blanked by Maple Leafs

‘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.’

Dom, Cujo produce their own highlight film

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.

Leafs’ Cujo top dog

‘There were 24 penalties, 68 hits, misconducts, a fight and some alleged personal trash talking that led to a near brawl under the stands.’