'“You can't feel happy,'' Roy said. “It's unfortunate they scored a couple of goals. We have to tighten our system and tighten up our game. But we worked hard and it's encouraging.'''
'The Sabres have been outscored, 17-6, in the final two minutes of periods.'
'Buffalo got a fantastic effort from rookie Derek Roy, who scored his first NHL goal and earned first star honors.'
'"We all just need to step it up a bit, maybe make one less little mistake a night," he said. "If we can do that we'll get our season turned back around and get in the right direction. We're not miserably behind as far as points. We need to turn this thing around, the sooner the better, and if we can put together a little stretch in the other direction we can get right back in the hunt."'
'The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's horn section will perform holiday songs before and during tonight's game.'
'Ruff says there's a very small possibility Drury or Delmore could play Tuesday against Ottawa, but not likely since they haven't practiced much.'
'"I'm trying to remain sane," Ruff said. "You gotta take each game and figure out what the hell went wrong. At the same time, there's a lot of things you did right that you gotta keep backing up."'
'Is he afraid? Is he incompetent? Is he awake? Same questions, still no answers.'
'We could continue to pick apart the carnage, but why bother?'
'"I think we talk about a lot of things," Ruff replied. "When you lose seven in a row, obviously, there's areas you're not good enough in."'
'But Gionta was voted the game's first star with about 100 friends and family members making the hour's drive up to see him play. The 5-foot-7 right wing had not scored a goal in his three previous visits to Buffalo.'
'Goaltender Martin Brodeur briefly went after Curtis Brown after the Sabres' center plowed into him with six seconds remaining, knocking him on his back and knocking his mask off when his head hit the ice. "I wasn't really happy," Brodeur said. "I don't think it was really necessary. He got pushed, but he really laid the shoulder on me."'
'The backbreaker came when 1) New Jersey killed off four minutes of a Buffalo 5-on-4 chance and, 2) Gionta followed the penalty kill with his second goal. "Huge," Gionta said. "That was the game."'
'Lindy Ruff and Gregg Williams live just a few houses apart in the same Buffalo neighbourhood. And they may soon also be walking together to the unemployment line, if their respective Sabres and Bills don't soon straighten out.'
'Buffalo outshot the Devils, 33-18.'