'"It was Jason Woolley. I could tell it was Woolley. I could see his number as he went by me," Niedermayer said after his misplay forced the Devils to settle for a 2-2 tie with the Buffalo Sabres last night at HSBC Arena. "He made a pretty good move, but I shouldn't get beaten by a defenseman."'
'Defenseman Colin White, who was fined $1,000 by the league for cross-checking Sabres forward Vaclav Varada into the boards Sunday night at the Meadowlands, said he considered himself fortunate not to get worse punishment.'
'Pyatt scored with 1:50 left in regulation, lifting Buffalo to a 2-2 tie against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night and giving the Sabres another reason to believe they can still make a run at the playoffs once their season resumes on Feb. 26.'
'After Pyatt tied it late in regulation, the Sabres had the two best chances of overtime. But Brodeur stopped Miroslav Satan and Vaclav Varada on 2-on-1s.'
'Even the most ardent Buffalo Sabres fan must admit the prospects of making the postseason aren't favorable.'
'Slovakia, the team Satan played for on Saturday, had been eliminated from Olympic medal contention after two games.'
'Devils are 4-1-1 since Kevin Constantine took over as coach.'
'The Sabres are eight points behind the Devils in the Eastern Conference.'
In what was the most crucial game so far this season, the Buffalo Sabres came up flat. Being on the verge of being completely eliminated from playoff contention, the Sabres played one of their worst games of the season as the New Jersey Devils beat the Sabres 4-1.
'To date, Rasmussen has four goals and eight assists in 44 games. Ruff knows when Rasmussen is on his game, things go well for the Sabres.'
'Buffalo trails New Jersey and the New York Rangers – each of whom have 61 points – by eight points in the Eastern Conference standings.'
'The Sabres, who are trying to fight their way back into the race for one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots, looked out of sync from the start. Buffalo is a blue-collar team that gets its points by wearing down an opponent, but the Devils came ready to play a hard, physical game.'
'Petr Sykora is hoping that his bruised ribs will not keep him out of the Olympics. Sykora suffered the injury late in Saturday's victory over Pittsburgh, and had to sit out Sunday's game against Buffalo. The Devils are off today, so he won't test it again until Tuesday morning in Buffalo.'
'"It's a nice confidence booster," said Arnott. "But the two points were even bigger."'
'They improved to 4-1-1 under Constantine, and moved to four games over .500 for the first time since Nov. 10.'