'"It's a bad habit we've gotten into," Sabres captain Chris Drury said. "We need to put an end to that. It's so hard to come back in this league."'
'In what seems to be a recurring nightmare for the Sabres, they got off to another sloppy start and allowed a goal just 1:48 into the game.'
'"The Esposito brothers probably have been fighting for the last 23 years," Martin said. "We'll probably be fighting for the next 23 years."'
'The four-game winning streak ties a team record, and Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves to set a franchise record with his fifth straight victory.'
'''Andy has had a little bit of a tough time,'' Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff said. ''We've got eight defensemen here and we've been trying to play the top six that have been playing the best. He's struggling through a rough stretch, but we hope we're hoping he can rebound and be effective for us.'''
'Vladimir Orszagh, Predators, RW: Posted first career hat trick, a highlight-reel assist and a plus-3 rating.'
'Both teams won games Friday, but the Predators looked much fresher after beating Boston in the afternoon.'
'"You don't like the first goal, (but) the goal to start the third period was a killer," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We've let it all hang out in the second and played as good as we possibly could."'
'Nashville will enter December with at least a .500 record for the first time.'
In eight meetings, the home team has won just once.
'"We knew we could take advantage of some of their defensemen," Briere said. "We just had to be patient. We knew the chances would be there."'
'Defenseman Andy Delmore has been looking forward to tonight's game since the NHL schedules were released over the summer. Nashville traded Delmore for Buffalo's 2004 third-round draft pick. "You circle the date you play every (former) team," Delmore said. "It's the first time going back there, and that's the game you remember the most. You just want to go out there and beat your friends and just show everybody what they're missing."'
'This story should've been about Stephen Weiss' first two-goal game, Valeri Bure's coldly deceptive assist on Weiss' second goal and Juraj Kolnik getting a deserved goal for a line that has been playing very well. Instead, it's about a team that cracked with the major fault line being the defense pair of Mathieu Biron and Andreas Lilja. They were on the ice for Buffalo's three even-strength goals.'
'The Panthers crashed and burned Friday evening in this old, gray city. They fell apart, collapsed, broke down … call it what you will. But don't forget to call it disconcerting and embarrassing.'
'Three busloads of family and friends of rookie center Nathan Horton attended Friday's game. It's approximately an hour to Buffalo from Horton's hometown of Dunnville, N.Y.'