'Why Habs Lost: It's always a good idea to show up if a team hopes to win.'
Archives for April 2002
'"Right now it's a disappointment we're not in," Biron said. "But two or three years down the road maybe we'll look at this and feel that it was a necessity, that we learned from it and never want to be in that position again."'
'"In the second half of the season, we were five games over .500. If we had a first half like that, we would have made the playoffs. We've been on a roller coaster ride all season."'
'G Jose Theodore was the NHL's latest player of the week, going 4-0 with a 0.75 GAA and .972 save percentage.'
'The Sabres have won three of the the four games in their often fierce rivalry this season, but the Canadiens are headed to the playoffs and Buffalo isn't.'
It was a story of two players. One was probably making his last start in a Sabres uniform. Another was trying to make a miracle comeback from a crippling disease and make a notch for himself in the NHL. Rob Ray could possibly have played his last game in Buffalo as a Sabre. Sebastien Charpentier stood on his head to thwart the Buffalo Sabres as the Washington Capitals beat the Sabres 3-1 Friday night in HSBC Arena.
'He stood for strength in the dressing room and brute force on the ice. Friday night, Rob Ray sat alone in his locker stall and cried.'
'The game resembled a preseason exhibition. The Sabres, who were also already eliminated from postseason contention, recalled four players from their top minor league affiliate today and rested key veterans.'
'"That was pretty cool," Ray said. "When that happened it kind of hit home, and that's when you start feeling it…I think the older you get, the more you start thinking about it. You understand, it doesn't last forever."'
'Buffalo fan favorite Rob Ray skated a two-minute shift at the end of the game and received a standing ovation. The franchise leader in penalty minutes, he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season and may have played his last home game as a Sabre. "They accepted me very early here and I think if they didn't, I probably wouldn't have stayed as long as I have," Ray said. "They are a very, very big part of what I was able to do here."'
'"For a lot of years here he's epitomized the Buffalo Sabres," defenseman Rhett Warrener said. "There's nothing else that he wants or nothing else that he does but be a Buffalo Sabre. He loves Buffalo."'
'"I thought (Wednesday) was a sloppily contested game. It was an exciting game to watch, but we owe our fans more than that. We realize the team we're playing has got some exciting offensive talent. If we play that type of game (like Wednesday night) I think we're going to have worse results."'
'C Tim Connolly hasn't scored a goal in 22 games.'
'"We know that we let ourselves down and a lot of people down early in the year. But in the last part of the season, we battled hard. Hopefully, it's a sign of things to come. Hopefully, it's a sign we're learning and next year will be a better year."'
'Blowing a pair of two-goal leads certainly doesn't hurt as much as it used to.'