'Hasek was rested after recording two shutouts in seven days and the Penguins took immediate advantage, scoring two goals 12 seconds apart less than a minute into the game against Martin Biron en route to a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.'
'With a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a win or a tie Tuesday night, the Sabres instead were pulled closer to sixth place with a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.'
'The Penguins quick start, followed by a strong defensive performance, resulted in a convincing 4-1 win over the Sabres Tuesday.'
'Though the Thrashers had five power play opportunities, including a double minor on Audette for high sticking Per Svartvadet in the face, the team was unable to get anything by Hasek, only mustering nineteen shots on goal.'
'So as the winger's wife and two children shouted and clapped, the rest of the 13,500 paid visitors took a moment to search their souls. Then, they joined Manon, Katherine and Daniel Audette in a round of applause. In Atlanta, as in Buffalo, Donald Audette is still an old friend.'
'Tonight, the NHL's best defense gets a look at one of the hockey's most potent offenses. The Buffalo Sabres, who have allowed a league-low 169 goals, travel to Pittsburgh for a rendezvous with Mario Lemieux and the high-scoring Penguins.'
'With the win, the Sabres gain a point on the Philadelphia Flyers for fourth place, as Buffalo now trails Philadelphia by three points after the Flyers tied Ottawa 3-3. Buffalo also picked up a pair of points on their sixth-place persuer, as the Sabres lead Pittsburgh by five points going into Tuesday's visit in the Steel City.'
'Audette, traded from the Thrashers to Buffalo March 13, knocked home a rebound with Ferraro on his back in the first period. The goal — his first since the trade — punctuated the right winger's return to Atlanta Monday night and started the Sabres to a 4-0 win at Philips Arena.'
'After the game, Audette was all smiles. He rushed away from interviews to see his wife Manon, daughter Katherine and son Daniel, who sported a Sabres sweater while waiting outside the locker room.'
'The Sabres held a 28-15 advantage in shots after two periods and finished with a 31-19 advantage. The Thrashers showed little zip offensively and could not convert a power play.'
'Satan scored two goals and Donald Audette's first goal for Buffalo came against his former team as the Sabres beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-0 on Monday night.'
'Donald Audette made a triumphant return to Philips Arena and Dominik Hasek recorded his league-leading 10th shutout as the Buffalo Sabres rolled to their sixth win in seven games, a 4-0 blanking of the Atlanta Thrashers.'
'Satan has gotten a handful of prime scoring chances lately, but due to good goaltending, bad bounces and whatever more ethereal forces might be at work, he has put the puck on net just four times in the last three games. Coach Lindy Ruff has expended considerable effort trying to change Satan's luck, juggling lines to put Satan alongside two-way center Curtis Brown and high-scoring newcomer Steve Heinze.'
'With a game in hand, Sabres are four points behind Philadelphia for fourth place in Eastern Conference.'
'"I always wanted to sign with the Thrashers," Audette said. "(Waddell) knew I wanted four years (guaranteed) or three and an option. When he offered me two (guaranteed) plus two (options), it was like offering me nothing. He knew I would turn it down. This wasn't my decision, it was their's. "I understand it's a negotiation. But I don't think I went overboard. I did my job on the ice and I expected them to do their's."'