'The Caps always have enjoyed playing here. After winning just seven games (with 28 losses and five ties) in 22 years at nearby Memorial Auditorium, Washington is 11-6-1 at HSBC. That includes a 3-0 mark during the 1998 Eastern Conference finals which culminated with Joe Juneau's overtime series-winner in Game 6 on June 4 that put the Caps into their only Stanley Cup finals.'
'“I've been waiting for this type of game,'' Satan said. “To tell you the truth, I didn't change much today from the usual things I do. Sometimes you have chances and they don't go in and sometimes you have two shots and get two goals. I'm glad that it's over.'''
'Jagr is day-to-day and his status for Friday's home game against Montreal is uncertain.'
'Buffalo improved to 3-0-1-1 in its last five home games and has scored 10 goals in its last two at the HSBC Arena.'
'"To tell you the truth, I didn't change much today from the usual things I do. Sometimes you have chances and they don't go in and sometimes you have two shots and get two goals. I'm glad that it's over," Satan said in his postgame comments.'
'"In a nutshell, both goaltenders' stats are a lot better," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after practice Tuesday in the Amherst Pepsi Center. "Lately, it's the lack of offense that's kept us from moving ahead. Our goaltending's been strong enough to win us games."'
'"Miro doesn't know which way to look right now," coach Lindy Ruff said after practice Tuesday in the Amherst Pepsi Center. "He's pressing, he doesn't know which direction to go. There's times he's second-guessing himself."'
'The Sabres are 6-0 when winger Ales Kotalik scores a goal.'
'When it comes to his goalies, Regier says Mika Noronen and Martin Biron are both more mature. He also said that Ryan Miller has not pouted at all and performed very well in Rochester. Miller has posted a 1.36 goals against average with a .953 save percentage with the Amerks.'
'“You look at it now and you're staring at a year that is probably going to be a washout,'' coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday.'
'"You can't score two goals in two games and win hockey games," Ruff said. "We can talk about chances all night, but you get zero points in the standings for chances."'
'''We had three or four shifts we just utterly dominated, and I thought guys got hooked and held and no hands came off sticks,'' Ruff said.'
'Dudley's and Ruff's paths over the past 24 years wind about each other like the strands in DNA's double helix. They were teammates for a season and a half in Buffalo. Dudley was still coaching Buffalo when Ruff went through his last Sabres training camp as a player. Then Dudley coached Ruff with the International Hockey League's San Diego Gulls in 1992-93.'
'The Panthers also followed a road win with a home win for the first time since March 21 and 23, 2001, a span of 193 games.'
'"We were a really tight team … and it taught me how close a team could become," Dudley said. "That team was special. "If you ask any Sabres fan what team they remember, it'd be that one. Everybody felt like they knew you. It was an amazing time. It got to the point where it was crazy. Going grocery shopping, you'd cause a scene."'