'The Sabres, who came in on a five-game unbeaten streak, and the Penguins, whom the Rangers beat yesterday, are on the verge of falling out of the playoff picture.'
'The Devils broke the game open with a pair of goals 49 seconds apart in the second.'
'They looked like a playoff team.'
'Sabres right winger Miroslav Satan arrived in New Jersey at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon to conclude a whirlwind weekend. Satan played in the Sabres' 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators Friday night in Buffalo and then flew on the Sabres owner's private jet to Utah, driving the final leg to Salt Lake City so he could play for Slovakia in an Olympic qualifying game against Germany. Satan left Utah at 5 a.m. mountain time (7 a.m. eastern) and made the trip back to the East Coast to rejoin the Sabres.'
'"Tuesday is a very crucial game for us to know where we're heading,'' Holik added, referring to the rematch with the Sabres, which will be the Devils' final game before the Olympic break.'
'For the first time in 12 games, the Sabres were held to fewer than two goals.'
'Two regulation wins by the Sabres would leave them two points behind the Devils, but two losses would drop them 10 back of the defending Eastern Conference champs.'
'Buffalo Sabres forward Rob Ray teamed with bass competitor Jimmy Ward and put together 13 half-hour Can/Am Outdoors programs that will begin airing at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the Empire Sports Network.'
'Buffalo lost its first two games after LW Slava Kozlov's Dec. 29 injury, but has gone 8-4-2 without him since Jan. 6.'
Buffalo, although riding a five-game unbeaten streak, is six points behind the Devils, Rangers, and Montreal Canadiens, all tied for seventh place, so this home-and-home series goes a long way toward defining the chances of both teams for the stretch run.
'If the Devils show any signs of fatigue playing their third game in four days, the hard-working Sabres are well-equipped to take advantage.'
'The Sabres are six points behind the Devils in the Eastern Conference.'
It was a dramatic ending to a wild and Woolley game. Jason Woolley scored the game winner with only 38.8 ticks left on the clock in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Woolley just happened to be at the right place at the right time as he batted in the rebound of a Stu Barnes shot to give the Sabres a crucial two points in the playoff race.
'They had lost their past five games here and had an overall record of 5-17-2 in Buffalo. They hadn't earned a point here since a tie two seasons ago.'
'He snapped a 10-game scoring slump with an overtime power-play goal to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory in front of an electrified crowd of 18,104.'