'Defensemen Richard Smehlik and Dmitri Kalinin both left Thursday's practice early with injuries. Smehlik is still trying to get over a pulled groin muscle, and Kalinin took a shot off his lower ankle during a drill.'
'The Sabres are scoreless in their last 15 power-play opportunities.'
A win is a win. And come playoff time, the points the Sabres are getting now may be weightier than they imagined. But with those two points, wouldn't it be nice to have some icing on the cake? A shutout.
A win is a win. And come playoff time, the points the Sabres are getting now may be weightier than they imagined. But with those two points, wouldn't it be nice to have some icing on the cake? A shutout
'"Sure we're pleased," commented Ruff. "We wanted to get off to a good start, and we're off to a good start.'
Everyone took a wait-and-see approach with this year's version of the Sabres, and the discovery process continues. “We're still finding out things about ourselves,” said Lindy Ruff. Here are some of the things — good and bad — we've found out in the first 10 games.
'Warrener's empty-net goal with 21.9 seconds to play marked the first time in his seven-year NHL career he has scored in consecutive seasons.'
'Don Edwards never expected to be enshrined in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The whole concept was surreal to him, until Wednesday night when he arrived early for the induction dinner and watched the other honorees, family and friends filter into the new home of his old team.'
The art of garbage goal collection. That is a true art indeed. Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has been trying for years to teach his players the fine craft of scoring garbage goals. One of the most important facets of collecting such goals is just shooting on net every chance one gets. It may have taken years, but the Sabres players are finally listening to Ruff.
The Buffalo Sabres let a couple of integral parts of their roster leave this past summer, but the local boys temporarily sit atop the Northeast Division.
'The Sabres, searching for a semblance of consistency 10 games into the 2001-02 campaign, finally put together their first two-game winning streak of the season Tuesday.'
'At 6-foot-4, 226 pounds, Gratton does not zip or dart, so he knows better than to meander. While linemates Maxim Afinogenov and Slava Kozlov chase all over the ice like wind-up dolls on caffeine highs, Gratton has to be content to get from Point A to Point B as efficiently as possible – preferably while taking out a few opposing players in the process.'
'"Those were a couple of easy goals," Kiprusoff said. "I can't give those up, especially when the game is close. Those were easy; I should've saved those." Both goals came in the second period, and the Sharks never regained the upper hand in terms of flow.'
'The Sharks have been seeking to ease Suter's workload because the 37-year-old has had arthroscopic knee surgery during the past two seasons. "I certainly don't want to take any games off as long as the knees are doing good," Suter said. "When we discussed it earlier, it's more about getting rest between games."'
'1. Martin Biron: Buffalo goalie made every big save necessary when the outcome was still in question.'