'Buffalo's power-play unit, impotent on 16 straight chances heading into the game, seemed rejuvenated by Jason Woolley's return to the lineup and scored on its first opportunity.'
'Are the Senators worried? You're darned right they are and with plenty of reason. Teams want to go into the playoffs on a roll and if the losing continues, they'll find themselves in sixth place in the East before they know it.'
'The slick-skating 22-year-old has played well in the 11 games since his latest callup from Randy Cunneyworth's Rochester Amerks. So well, in fact, that he has made a healthy scratch of Jason Woolley — the highest-scoring playoff defenceman in Sabres history — who finally dressed for the first time in 11 games last night.'
'It would seem that unless a better NHL financial structure emerges from what is certain to be a bloody labour battle two years hence, the Sabres are as likely as any Canadian team — perhaps more likely — to move or fold.'
'"We looked like we were in good shape," Lalime said. "We made a few mistakes and they scored. There's no way we should have lost that game."'
'In desperate need of a win to keep alive their slim playoff hopes, the Buffalo Sabres turned to a local hero.'
Have the Buffalo Sabres thrown in the towel? Comments from ESPN analysts after the Sabres lackluster performance against the Boston Bruins Thursday that they apparently have given up on the season held true to form Saturday night in Toronto. The Sabres looked like they were just going through the motions and not having any desire to even be on the ice as they were blanked by the Maple Leafs 2-0.
'Buffalo failed to record a single shot on its four lethargic power plays and lost to Toronto, 2-0. Maple Leafs brawler Tie Domi and former Sabre Alexander Mogilny scored the goals.'
'Unless you shelled out upward of $200 to take someone to last night's snoozer at the Air Canada Centre, there was much to like about the Maple Leafs' effort.'
'Toronto allowed the trapping Sabres 20 shots on Corey Schwab but only a handful could have been considered challenging. In the event, Schwab came away with his first NHL shutout since Dec. 17, 1997 – back when Bill Clinton was still the president and Monica Lewinsky was on everybody's lips (or other body parts, as the case may be).'
'"It was a pretty boring game," McCabe said. "We played a simple road game. I don't think they had any real quality scoring chances. From that aspect, it was a picture of art for us. And we loved to get Schwab a shutout."'
'The Leafs have outshot their opponents in 70% of their 71 games. They have lost three consecutive games only once this season.'
'The Sabres didn't look like a team fighting for their playoff lives, with a middling effort that cost them a chance to gain on the eighth-place Montreal Canadiens.'
'Buffalo remains in 11th place and squandered a chance to gain ground on the Montreal Canadiens.'
'Despite fighting for their playoff lives, the Sabres played an uninspired game, going 0-for-4 and failing to register a shot on the power play. Buffalo is scoreless in its last 16 chances with the extra attacker.'