Archives for December 2003

Ottawa 2, Buffalo 2, OT

'“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.'''

Ottawa 2, Buffalo 2

'The Sabres have been outscored, 17-6, in the final two minutes of periods.'

Sabres End Losing Streak With Tie

'Buffalo got a fantastic effort from rookie Derek Roy, who scored his first NHL goal and earned first star honors.'

Practice makes perfect sense for sorry Sabres

'"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."'

Sabres vs. Senators

'The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's horn section will perform holiday songs before and during tonight's game.'

Drury Returns To Limited Practice

'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.'

Ruff is tired of losing

'"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."'

The more things change for Sabres, the more they stay the same

'Is he afraid? Is he incompetent? Is he awake? Same questions, still no answers.'

Dark cloud looming once again

'We could continue to pick apart the carnage, but why bother?'

Sabres roll a seven, tie futility record

'"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."'

Redemption for Gionta

'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.'

Devils odds and ends

'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."'

Gionta's two goals power Devils

'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."'

Slap Shots

'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.'

Devils Turn Slow Start Into Easy Victory

'Buffalo outshot the Devils, 33-18.'