I believe the word dismal is derived from an old Yakima Indian term meaning, “Damn, is it raining again?” In these parts, folks head east over the Cascade Range to escape the dreary, omnipresent rain and gray and see the sun shine. In higher income brackets, they head west, way west… like Hawaii. The Sabres, of course, don't have this option. There is no escape from the prison cell their season has become. They must keep lacing them up, and hitting the ice for more public humiliation three nights a week. Marty McMahon writes…
Archives for December 2002
'During his deliveries to Western New York, Santa Claus must have skipped HSBC Arena.'
'Meanwhile, the Sabres (8-20-5-1) have lost four straight games and have only one victory in their past eight. They carry the look of a team that can't catch a break.'
'"It's frustrating, and you want to see it get solved for the fans," Biron said yesterday. "Hamister wants to buy the team and expand on the entertainment part of the game. In Ottawa, they have that extra band of lighting (and advertising) at the top of the arena. That makes so much of a difference. But that's a lot of money to put that in. (Hamister) wants more parking, he wants to add more. He's willing to lose money in the short term. I hope people understand the situation. I was in Quebec City. It was just terrible. But the difference between here and Quebec City is that there was no private money coming in to Quebec City. Here, we've got that."'
In erasing an early 2-0 deficit, the Senators also improved their record to 16-2-4 in their last 22 games.
The Bills season ends (in January), and after that what would people do (if the Sabres were gone), make snowballs and throw them at each other?
Rob Ray was back in the Buffalo lineup after sitting the previous two games as a healthy scratch. He replaced W Eric Boulton.
'So the squeeze continues off and on the ice for the Sabres. Last night, it wasn't Adelphia Communications' filing under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code that mattered as much as the work of the Ottawa Senators' No. 11, Daniel Alfredsson, who had a goal and two assists in a workmanlike 3-2 Senators victory.'
Despite having no power plays to Buffalos four in the first period, the Senators still outshot the Sabres 9-8.
'Buffalo has dropped four straight and is 1-6-1 in its last eight games following a season-high three-game winning streak.'