Archives for April 2002

Playoffs only a memory

'The Sabres are out, largely because Martin Biron has failed to live up to Hasek's play until just recently. "Last year was different, definitely," Buffalo right winger Miroslav Satan said. "It was playoffs. This year both teams didn't make it. I really don't know why we're not. There are probably a lot of reasons, but I can't answer them. I am just a player trying to help the team win."'

Sabres, Penguins tie at 4

'"It was maybe a little bit of river hockey at times, up and down the ice, but that's what you might expect from two teams out of the playoffs. Still, I'm sure both teams wanted to win."'

Penguins break out of tailspin with 4-4 tie against Buffalo

'Still, the game was as entertaining as a meaningless contest could be – even if it wasn't exactly well-played. The clubs combined for a whopping 78 shots, as defense and hitting were tossed out the window.'

Returnees boost Amerks' chances

'Returning to the Amerks did not come as a surprise. Within an hour of Montreal's 4-3 win over Ottawa on Tuesday, which eliminated the Sabres from playoff contention, Noronen and Kotalik were summoned by Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff and general manager Darcy Regier.'

Sabres send pair back to minors

'A day after being eliminated from the playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday reassigned goaltender Mika Noronen and right wing Ales Kotalik to the AHL Rochester Americans.'

Penguins tie Buffalo, 4-4, to halt 7-game losing skid

'How riveting was it? A television in the Buffalo TV booth crew was tuned to the Philadelphia-New Jersey game, not the one the crew was broadcasting.'

Penguins Report

'A little less than a year ago, the Penguins and Sabres dueled in a fiercely contested second-round Stanley Cup playoff series that wasn't decided until overtime of Game 7. This year, neither team will participate in the postseason.'

Pens avoid losing 7th straight, tie Sabres

'With the Sabres fresh off mathematical elimination from the playoffs and the Penguins long since resigned to such a fate, this was hockey's equivalent of a "no-hitter."'

Sabres 4, Penguins 4

'In a game that had the feel and pace of an All-Star contest, and just as little hitting, the Sabres and Penguins skated to a 4-4 tie Wednesday night.'

Buffalo 4, Pittsburgh 4 (ot)

'Only 12,724 turned out for a contest that felt like an exhibition game. The Penguins were not whistled for a single penalty, while the Sabres had just one in each of the first two periods.'

Sabres will spend postseason on sidelines

'They went 3-6-1 against the three worst teams in the NHL. They went 1-3 against the Atlanta Thrashers, 0-1-1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets and 2-2 against the Florida Panthers.'

Ruff says Barnes will shut it down

'"We probably won't play him the rest of the year," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We'd be crazy to play him in any of these games now."'

Sabres vs. Penguins

'Sabres have outscored their opponents, 15-7, during seasonlong five-game undefeated streak.'

Penguins Report

'Sabres: Are 4-0-1 in past five games. … Enforcer Rob Ray is eligible to play after completing five-game suspension. … LW Miroslav Satan ranks among league leaders in power-play goals (15), short-handed goals (5).'

Sabres refusing to surrender

'The Sabres could have easily packed their bags, and during a game against St. Louis, it appeared to be their intention. Instead, they pulled together and went 4-0-1, making things tough for the Habs. Montreal responded with six straight victories.'