Archives for February 2001


'The Sabres swept the season series against NJ, outscoring them 15-3 in the four games.'

Casualties continue to build for Devils

'The only exciting moment for the Devils came in the final second when Brian Rafalski's shot got through Dominik Hasek. As the Devils celebrated what they wished was a game-tying goal, the officials reviewed the play. When the replay was stopped as the clock hit zero, the puck was clearly not in the goal and the Sabres won on a goal by ex-Devil Dave Andreychuk.'

Sabres finish sweep of Devils

'The announced attendance at the Continental Airlines Arena was 6,203, as most Devils fans apparently stayed home to wait out a snowstorm.'

Devils mystified once more by Sabres

'Dominik Hasek's goaltending is the biggest reason the Devils want to avoid playing the Sabres in the playoffs. But Buffalo's speed and defense have become huge factors as well.'

Facing Dominator snow fun for Devs

'"(Hasek) always seems to save his best for us," Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko said. "I've seen him on other nights looking human. Against us he can't be beat."'

Hasek sure has Dev's number

'The Devils can only hope they've seen the last of Dominik Hasek. If the playoffs started today, they'd be seeing him first.'

Hasek stops them in the nick of time

'The Devils knew they were in trouble last night when the snowstorm that snarled much of New Jersey didn't prevent Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek from getting to the Meadowlands.'

Devils easy pickings

'Hasek may have pitched a shutout — his league-high eighth of the season — but you could count the Devils' quality scoring chances on one hand and have a finger or two to spare.'

Sabres 1, Devils 0

'Missing from the lineup in the 1-0 loss to the Sabres on a snowy Thursday night were forwards Petr Sykora and Alexander Mogilny and centers Scott Gomez and Jason Arnott. That's four of New Jersey's top seven scorers. They have combined for 75 goals. It's little wonder Hasek had a relatively easy night.'

Buffalo 1, New Jersey 0

'It took the New Jersey Devils 25 shots to put one past Dominik Hasek on Thursday and when they did, it was a few tenths of a second too late.'

Barnes anchors hot line

'Since Afinogenov's arrival on the top line in a Feb. 15 game against Atlanta, the three players have notched 15 points in three games. Only three of those points – all assists – belonged to Barnes.'

Sabres tops in short game

'Buffalo, despite its yo-yo trip through the Eastern Conference standings, has enjoyed a steady effort from its quietest and most effective unit. The Sabres have killed 87.6 percent of opponents' power plays this season, making them the best penalty-killing squad in the NHL.'

Sabres freshen up


Happy birthday, Michael!

Give him a look at the Senators, and “The Dominator” kicks it up a notch. Make it his son's 11th birthday, and he'll give Emeril Lagasse a run for his money.

Hasek in top form in shutout

'He's getting into that groove again. Hockey is fun, he's piling up shutouts, and the Sabres are winning.'