'Rookie Ales Kotalik scored with 2:39 remaining in regulation Tuesday night and nearly won it in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres rallied for a 1-1 tie with the Vancouver Canucks, who have just one victory in their last eight games and continue to struggle on the power play and in the third period.'
'"It's amazing," said Dorian Andrewes, the Sabres Canadian sales and marketing manager. "In spite of all the blue jackets — that's what we call the empty seats — we're making more money this year than we were last year."'
Both Maxim Afinogenov and the Buffalo Sabres suffered yet another setback on Monday as a result of more headaches for Afinogenov. The right winger has suffered for nearly two months as a result of a puck hitting his forehead in Russia, and it could very well be another two months before he plays.
'The Sabres have won only once in their past six games. They totaled just five goals in their past three outings.'
'"The fans don't question the coaching, management or the players," Ray continued. "They're more or less saying why should they come out and support something they feel has screwed them over? They were promised a lot of things for the town itself, not just hockey, but things like jobs and the price of cable. They're more or less saying: 'Hey, it's not you guys but if we support the team, it's going to look like we're overlooking everything else.'"'
'The Buffalo Sabres Alumni team visited the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena for a good, old-fashioned hockey game with the Jamestown Lakers Coaches on Saturday afternoon.'
'Interestingly, the day before suffering the injury, Afinogenov had signed a two-year, $2.4 million US contract with Buffalo. But he hasn't been paid any of the money yet because he has not passed his physical with the team and is not on the roster.'
The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced plans to build a $225 million arena on the site of an old hospital across from their current home. No one will be happier to leave behind the house of horrors known as The Igloo more than Marty Biron, who was torched for five goals on 23 shots in last night's loss to the Pens.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced plans to build a $225 million arena on the site of an old hospital across from their current home. No one will be happier to leave behind the house of horrors known as The Igloo more than Marty Biron, who was torched for five goals on 23 shots in last night's loss to the Pens
With all due respect to Coors Light, I'd say the Sabres must have the worst marketing of any product, entertainment or otherwise. Seriously, if I went by their commercials, I'd say Gilbert Perreault was still the captain and that Baby Joe Mesi had fought his way onto the team.
'Almost every time the Sabres opened the penalty box gate they opened themselves up for disaster against the Pittsburgh Penguins' deadly offense.'
'Maxim Afinogenov's immediate future looks grim, and there are no guarantees his long-term prospects will be much rosier.'
'The Sabres threatened to get back in the game with Jochen Hecht's power-play goal at 13:04 of the second period. The Penguins reclaimed control in the first minute of the third period with a goal created purely by the skills of their stars. Lemieux stole the puck in the neutral zone and made a pass to Kovalev, who quickly faked his way past defenseman Rhett Warrener and scored for the 5-2 lead.'
'Lemieux played 19:28 in Friday's 7-3 loss at Detroit and logged 26:01 in Saturday's 5-2 home victory over Buffalo.'
'After the game, Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff said flatly that "we got smoked," and that his team had been aware of the perils of giving the Penguins too many opportunities with the extra man.'