'"We like his progress," said Larry Carriere, Sabres assistant to the general manager. "With his mobility and endurance, he's up and down the ice. He's a good, young player for us."'
'A protective boot encased his foot and ankle, and he said it could be another four weeks until that comes off.'
'If the Russians advance, Afinogenov will fly directly to Atlanta, where the Sabres meet the Thrashers on Tuesday.'
'In fact, according to reports circulating throughout Buffalo, it is a good bet that Kozlov is finished for the season and wouldn't even be available if the Sabres made the playoffs.'
'Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has already stated the team is going to have to win at least 16 of those final 25 contests in order to make the playoffs. That seems to be a tall order for a team that has played below .500 hockey all season.'
'There's only one reason to root for Jeanneret's retirement, and that's so he'll take his rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.'
'With 25 games remaining on their schedule once the NHL season resumes, Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff summed up just what the team has to do in order to make the playoffs. "We have to win 15 or 16 of those games," stated Ruff. "It's not going to be easy. We know we have our work cut out for us. Hopefully the team will be ready for the run when the season starts up again in two weeks."'
It could have been worse. The Buffalo Sabres needed 4 points out of the home-and-home series with the New Jersey Devils and they got one. They were lucky to get one point as it took a late goal by Taylor Pyatt to force an overtime and a 2-all draw. Now the Sabres go on a two-week hiatus as the NHL breaks for the Olympic competition.
'"You knew it was coming," said White, who fought Rob Ray just 2:16 into the game. At 2:17, Jim McKenzie and Eric Boulton had dropped the gloves. "Obviously they want to show they stick together as a team. I think that's good for any team."'
'"It was a mental mistake by me," White said of the hit that sent Buffalo's Vaclav Varada into the boards headfirst Sunday night. White was ejected from the game and later fined $1,000 by the NHL. "Whatever the consequences were, I was willing to face them."'
'The Sabres entered the game still upset about their meek effort in Sunday's 4-1 defeat in New Jersey and were seething mad over NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell's refusal to suspend Devils defenseman Colin White for checking Vaclav Varada from behind in the loss.'
'"To watch him play, and make it, is more than a dream come true, more than I could imagine," Joe Gionta said after the Devils' 2-2 tie with the Buffalo Sabres. "I know I couldn't do it, but he definitely makes all of us proud."'
'"We had chances," said Holik. "It's just that they were desperate. When they're that desperate, you know they're going to get something. But the puck barely squeezed through White's pads on that play. What can you do?"'
'Buffalo enforcer Rob Ray picked a fight with White 2:16 into the game, no doubt in retaliation for Sunday, when White slammed Vaclav Varada into the boards from behind.'
'"It's been the story all year," said John Madden, who gave the Devils the lead they squandered in last night's 2-2 tie with the Sabres here.'