Archives for October 2002

Road may offer cure for offensive blues

'"It may be just the thing we need, to go out and play simple road games for a while," Barnes said. "Most teams, I think, if they had their choice would want to have a road trip like this early on. I think it's a good opportunity for the guys to spend some time together."'

Hamister, Golisano top rivals for Sabres

'The Buffalo Sabres' potential ownership sweepstakes now appears to be a two-horse race between B. Thomas Golisano and Mark E. Hamister – following the apparent breakup, at least for now, of the group led by Sherry Bassin.'

Why are fans staying away?

'Sunday's News will offer a fans' poll on the subject, one you can respond to by mail or e-mail.'

Daneyko hits twine at perfect time

'All it took was Daneyko's first goal since Feb. 9, 1999 and scrapper-turned-scorer Sergei Brylin's deflection one minute into the third period. Well, that 60 minutes of near agony on the edge.'

Some Unlikely Scorers Carry Devils to Victory

'"They're patient," Buffalo Coach Lindy Ruff said. "That's part of playing good defense. They don't do a lot of gambling and pinching. I don't think we had a two-on-one situation all night."'

Dev key: Daneyko (yes, Daneyko)

'The Devils have been hurting for goals. They've scored 13 in their sixgames and they're 2-for-36 on the power play for the season after last night's 0-for-3. But they're 5-1 because of their defense and Martin Brodeur (23 saves), who has played every game. All five victories have been by one goal.'

A win, but not everyone's happy

'Each of the Devils' five victories have come by one goal, running off to their gaudy record on a 13-10 season goal-advantage.'

Daneyko scores (honest!)

'The Sabres evened the score at 5:56 of the second period as they kept peppering Brodeur with shots from every angle. Brodeur made a kick save on Vaclav Varada's sharp-angle chance from the right-wing boards, then Curtis Brown had a chance on the rebound in front, but it was Stu Barnes who banged it in.'

Power play still lacking juice

'According to Sabres officials, the team has had several potential buyers but only one offer at this point, and that offer is said to be for a very low figure. Although the NHL, which is running the club, had hoped to finalize a sale by December, it appears likely that the process will take the entire season. A bridge loan has been set up by the league in case the Sabres run out of operating money before a new owner is in place.'

Price not yet right

The easiest thing for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to do is take the first decent offer to buy the Buffalo Sabres so the league can wash its hands of the matter. Unfortunately, 29 other owners would go ballistic if the Sabres go cheap and their own teams become undervalued.

Devils 2, Sabres 1

'The Sabres were 1-2-1 on a four-game homestand.'

New Jersey 2, Buffalo 1

'New Jersey killed Buffalo's four power-play chances and, with the Sabres skating 6-on-5, Brodeur turned aside defenseman Jason Woolley's slap shot with less than 20 seconds left to preserve the win.'

New Jersey 2, Buffalo 1

'Defenseman Ken Daneyko recorded his first regular season goal in more than 3 1/2 years and Sergei Brylin got the game-winner a minute into the third period Friday night as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1.'

Help for the kids? Sabres just a few moves away

Ever been on the Predator? You know, the ride at Six Flags (formerly Darien Lake) just down the road. It takes you up, down and around, shakes you for a little bit. As soon as you get to the top, the ride jerks you back down to the bottom, and goes around and around again. Though it's fun for a roller coaster, it's not as enjoyable when the Sabres are doing the same thing…

Players putting personality in power play

'About 10,500 tickets had been sold as of late Thursday afternoon.'