'They became the first team since expansion to lead the league in one special-teams category (89.6 percent penalty-killing) and finish last in the other (11.9 percent power play).'
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'Patrik Elias tied the score at 2 for the Devils at 13:44 when he walked out of the left corner and backhanded a shot past Sabres goalie Mika Noronen.'
'The Sabres wore throwback jerseys with their old logo. Team officials asked manufacturer CCM on Friday if the company could make the jerseys in time and management picked them up in Toronto. … The crowd of 17,845 cheered new owner Tom Golisano's video message on the scoreboard about a "new era" in Sabres history.'
'The Sabres received a huge ovation when they hit the ice wearing throwback uniforms, the old blue, white and yellow numbers with a buffalo stationed between two swords. And Tom Golisano, the man who saved the Sabres from folding earlier this year, received a nice hand when he spoke to fans on the Jumbotron during the sec-ond period.'
'The Sabres honored their past by bringing back their still popular blue and gold uniforms as a one-time promotion. It's the first time the Sabres wore them since changing to their current red and black colors in 1996. Sabres spokesman Michael Gilbert said the players didn't learn of the change until 15 minutes before the game.'
'Golisano would only say that he plans to sit down with both Ruff and Regier and announce a decision within days.'
'Season Series: Devils lead, 3-0.'
'Buffalo is having another trying season, entering this afternoon's game with a record of 27-36-9-8. But at least it doesn't look like the Sabres will be folding up shop in the near future, thanks to Tom Golisano. Miroslav Satan is Buffalo's top threat with 25 goals and 48 assists.'
'"It's not something that happens a lot, but it happens to everybody," Biron said. "Patrick (Roy) in his last game in Montreal over there, he gave up eight in 11/2 periods before he got pulled and made those big scenes. It's not a fun feeling. I guess you just gotta overlook it."'
'Ideally, Regier would be sent packing and Ruff would remain.'
'The Bruins, who ended an 0-2-3 winless streak, also scored their first power-play goal after going 0 for 27 when Knuble slapped one past Biron just 2:19 into the game. Samsonov, who was lacing them up for real for the first time in 50 games, skated on a line with Jozef Stumpel and Marty McInnis with the latter setting up goals by each of his linemates.'
'The Sabres, like most opponents, had no answers for the Thornton-Knuble-Murray line, which dominated down low and combined for four goals. And Samsonov's remarkable return, skating with Stumpel and Marty McInnis, instantly gives the New Jersey coaches much more to worry about. But this team scored 245 goals – its most in seven years – and could be a playoff darkhorse if the team defense and goaltending is good enough.'
'More importantly, the effort was there and despite giving up five goals, the Bruins appear ready for the playoffs.'
'“I don't think we've been outclassed in any game all year,'' goaltender Martin Biron said. “We were outclassed in the first period'' Saturday.'
'"You worry about these types of games as a coach," Buffalo's Lindy Ruff said. "I played in many of them to know that the lack of meaning really starts to sink in with the guys."'