Archives for December 2002

Sabres, With NHLs Worst Record, Recall Goaltender Ryan Miller

He will start tonights home game against the New York Islanders, the Sabres said. Miller was 9-2-2 in his last 13 games for Rochester of the American Hockey League.

Peca has no regrets leaving Buffalo

'''I know,'' Peca said on Tuesday, as the Islanders prepared to play at Buffalo. ''That's the way of life. Things happen. Sometimes we can never explain why they do. But it's worked out great for me.'''

Sabres recall goaltender Miller

'''If you look at our past four or five games, we're averaging four goals-against a game. We can't support that,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. ''Miller's been playing fabulous. … We need to win a hockey game.'''

Loss No. 6 has Sabres eyeing 2003

'This year certainly has been the darkest in Sabres history.'

Sabres call Miller; he'll start tonight

'“I’ve seen him a few times (over the past two weeks),” Regier said, “and I think he’s earned the opportunity quite frankly. That’s the driving force (for the recall).”'

Zubrus Lends a Big Hand

'Buffalo, loser of six straight, tied the score late in the second period on a two-man advantage, but created little at even strength.'

Big return for Zubrus

'The opponent may only have been Buffalo, a team trying to deal with huge off-ice problems, but the Sabres continue to play Washington very tough every time the teams meet. Buffalo came from behind in the final 3:11 to beat the Caps in an earlier meeting this season.'

Zubrus, Capitals top Sabres, 4-3

'The Sabres, 8-22-5-1, came into the game with the league's worst record. But, thanks to two lucky bounces that resulted in Buffalo goals, the Caps still needed goals from Zubrus, Mike Grier, Jaromir Jagr and a game-winner from rookie Ivan Ciernik with 8:24 to play to put away the battling Sabres.'

Capitals 4, Sabres 3

'Dmitri Kalinin, Miroslav Satan and Vaclav Varada scored for Buffalo, 1-8-1 in its last 10 games. The Sabres fell to 2-12-2-1 on the road.'

Washington 4, Buffalo 3

'"Last year, everyone here prided themselves on us having a better second half," said Buffalo's Martin Biron, who made 24 saves. "We got ourselves back in the playoff picture. We gotta do the same thing and get back in it and have a good second half."'

Mair a perfect fit

'"Lindy had told me in training camp that the fourth line center was the spot he had me penciled in for," remarked the 24 year-old. "I knew that he was going to put me there and let me play every night. It's been a big step in my career to be able to do that."'

Ruff stands tall through roughest time of hockey career

'"You absorb what a lot of people say. I think I really understand the mentality of what type of team fans really want. Buffalo is a great city when you win or tie. It's not a good city for losing."'

Ruff hints at Afinogenov's return

'"The frustration level does rise, and you're sitting around to the point it's the only thing you can think about," he said. "When the team's not winning and you're wondering what's going to happen and where things are going, it's not a fun situation."'

Sabres vs. Capitals

'The Sabres have scored six power-play goals in their last six games.'

Sabres' problems mount with loss to Wild

'Buffalo owns the NHL's worst record (8-21-5-1).'