'Campbell has 11 of his 19 points in the past 20 games.'
'The Panthers have scored only one goal in each of their past three games.'
'The two brothers didn't get a chance to talk before their last meeting, a 4-0 Buffalo win on March 7, because the Panthers had played in Atlanta the night before. But the two planned to get together with their parents at Martin's home in Buffalo for dinner before the game.'
'This is a battle of the second- and third-lowest scoring teams in the league.'
'Sibling rivalry is nothing new for this pair. Martin, 25, might be three years older than Mathieu, but at 6-feet-3, 169 pounds, he also is 3 inches shorter and almost 50 pounds lighter. It was about nine years ago, when Mathieu grew 6 inches in six months that Martin became Mathieu's "big brother" in name only.'
'"I'm really excited with the things I've seen since I've been here," Briere said.'
'Buffalo's perpetual need to dip into its Rochester resources has caused some additional excitement in Rochester. "Everyone has their heads up because everyone's expecting to go up," said right wing Sean McMorrow, who was recalled to play just two shifts against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday before getting sent back to the minors.'
'Returning Botterill and Taylor to the Amerks and replacing them with fill-ins from the lower minors in Buffalo wouldn’t be fair to anyone — including the players who would be demoted.'
'"We came here for two points and we only got half that job done," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "It's a bit discouraging, but we'll go back at it (tonight). Not too much time here to feel sorry for ourselves."'
'Colorado had killed 21 consecutive power plays before Buffalo forward Daniel Briere scored the tying goal in the third period Monday night.'
'"We gave away a point. We should have had two," Peter Forsberg said after the Avs let a 3-2 third-period lead disappear against the Sabres, who only escaped the Eastern Conference cellar last week. "That's just the way it is. Now we have to make up for it in Ottawa."'
'The official attendance for the Avalanche- Sabres game at HSBC Arena on Monday night was 13,250. Perhaps that many tickets were sold, but the in-house crowd didn't appear to be anything close to that, and the huge blocks of empty seats were glaring.'
You have to give them credit, Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. They are done, but they certainly did not play like it.
Every team, regardless of the playoffs or not, still have a reason to play, Colorado coach Tony Granato said. Obviously, they came out and played real hard, and we did not come out of the gate ready from the start.
'Sabres forward Paul Gaustad made his NHL debut Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche after Buffalo recalled him from Rochester of the AHL.'