Archives for November 2002

Sabres vs. Maple Leafs

'The Sabres entered Friday's game averaging an NHL-high 25 penalty minutes.'

Leafs game day

'The key to beating the Sabres – Stay awake, shut down Chris Gratton, and score at least 2.3 goals.'

Paille piling up points

'“We’ve watched Dan quite a bit over the years and everything has improved in his game. He comes to play every game, every shift,” Don Luce, Sabres’ director of player personnel, says. “He’s always been a good skater and he gained confidence playing against NHL players at camp. Now he’s learning to take advantage of his skills. He’s continuing the growing curve that players have to make to continue to the next level.”'

Sabres unable to finish

It was the same old story for the Sabres this week. Lack of scoring. Ask Lindy Ruff why the Sabres are on yet another winless streak and he will say “They aren’t finishing.” Ruff has been racking his brains all season in an attempt to get back the offensive explosiveness the Sabres displayed in their first two games. Nothing seems to be working.

No Mario? No problem for Pittsburgh

'"We make every goalie look like an All-Star," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.'

Kovalev staggers Sabres

'… there's a danger in reading too much into a victory against a team anchored at the bottom of the league's overall standings…'.

Hrdina puts his touch on victory

We had it played perfect, Biron said. Hrdina was over to the side, and we did not want to have both of our defensemen going to him. And when Kovalev shot the puck, it was going to hit me right in the Sabres logo, but Hrdina got it, and it went — zip — right over me.

Penguins Report 11/30/02

It would have been really sad to see the team leave Buffalo, Primeau said. Hopefully, with the new ownership, they will be able to stick around and the fans will continue to come out and support them.

Pens roll without Lemieux, Straka

'The game turned at 8:41 of the second period, when Sabres defenseman James Patrick went to the box for hooking Ian Moran. That gave the Penguins a two-man advantage for 17 seconds. Jan Hrdina won a faceoff in the Sabres’ zone, directing the puck to Dick Tarnstrom at the left point. Tarnstrom whipped a pass across to Kovalev, who blasted a slap shot past Biron for his team-leading 14th goal.'

Red-hot Bruins pay a visit

'Lemieux might not have been at HSBC Arena last night, but Greg Brady sure was. Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady in the sitcom The Brady Bunch, sang the national anthem before the game as part of a promotion called Friday Night Fever. He wore an old-school, No. 70 Sabres shirt with his name on the back. His Brady brothers — Chris Knight (Peter Brady) and Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady) — were on hand, as well.'

Tough guy Ray rattles his sabres

'But they will have, at best, 14 months to retrieve the city's hearts and wallets. It's widely conceded that a long labour lockout will follow next season. If the Sabres aren't on a roll in all areas by then, the franchise would be in serious, serious trouble. It already is, if Hamister and Berman decide to go cheap.'

Bassin loses out

We sure mishandled the process, said Bassin, co-owner of the Ontario Hockey Leagues Erie Otters. I am not saying it was him or anyone else. The question within the group was about what it was worth or what the value was. It was an easy, solvable thing. It bogged us down, but there was active, honest interest and capability. You could say we fumbled it.

Penguins 4, Sabres 1

'Hedberg improved to 5-1-1 against Buffalo. Sabres goalie Martin Biron fell to 1-9-1 against Pittsburgh.'

Pittsburgh 4, Buffalo 1

'Pittsburgh went 2-for-5 with the man advantage on Friday and improved its power-play percentage to 32.7 (37-for-113). By contrast, Buffalo entered the contest ranked 30th with the man advantage at 10.4 percent. The Sabres failed to convert its five power-play opportunities against the Penguins and are 0-for-19 in the last four games.'

Pittsburgh 4, Buffalo 1

'Buffalo captain Stu Barnes spoiled Hedberg's shutout attempt midway through the third period, but the Sabres still have won just once in 16 games (1-11-3-1).'