'So what did the Sabres do Saturday afternoon minus the character of their captain, enforcer and one of their top defensemen? They dominated the Philadelphia Flyers for much of the game and posted a 3-1 victory in front of 19,705 disgruntled First Union Center fans.'
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'Under Regier's watch, the Sabres have become Buffalo's most fragile team in years while committing the mother of sports crimes in Western New York: losing with soft underachievers.'
'"He's still not right, and we're very concerned about him," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "He'll be looked at again (today). I don't even see him playing Monday."'
'The Sabres badly outworked the Flyers in the defensive end in the opening period, forcing goalie Brian Boucher to come up with eight saves. Several were quality scoring chances by Tim Connolly, Chris Gratton and Miroslav Satan, who seems to play his best hockey against the Flyers and who finished with a goal and an assist.'
'The line of Chris Gratton, Jean-Pierre Dumont and Miroslav Satan did all the damage for the Sabres. The trio connected for two of the three Buffalo goals and totaled seven points.'
'Brian Boucher said: "We didn't have our legs. We weren't strong on the puck, and they were hungry. It cost us."'
'After being outshot 11-1 in the first period in a loss at Carolina Thursday, the Flyers came out on fire against the Sabres and managed two shots on goal in the first period. That seems indicative of hesitation. Tends to fire a key player up, too.'
'Question: What's it say that with centers Jeremy Roenick, Jiri Dopita, Marty Murray and Tibbetts out of the lineup, that the Flyers recall two players from the Phantoms, and neither one of them are centers?'
'The Flyers' loss touched off a nice little debate over who should claim responsibility for the squandered two points. Coach Bill Barber pointed a finger at his players. The players weren't sure whether to point back.'
'But the damage was done in the first 40 minutes and 12 seconds, when the Flyers played like a team heading toward another first-round playoff exit.'
'There was a bright spot in the Flyers' ugly 3-1 loss Saturday afternoon to the Buffalo Sabres. His name is Guillaume Lefebvre, a 20-year-old rookie who made his NHL debut.'
'It was only Smehlik's second goal in 54 games.'
'The Buffalo Sabres may not make the playoffs, but it won't be because of the Philadelphia Flyers.'
'Warrener received a mandatory two-game suspension for accumulating his third instigator penalty of the season.'
'Ruff acknowledged Noronen probably would have started again today had the young goalie won in St. Louis.'