'The Sabres are 4-5-2 on the second night of back-to-back games.'
'"It was big for us," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "You can't really celebrate too much. We've got them right back in our building, and we lost a couple players. I thought the effort we got without Hecht and Bartovic was maybe second to none this year."'
'The Rangers trailed, 2-1, after two periods, and the crowd at the Garden alternated boos aimed at the players with chants of "Fire Sather!"'
'Unable to exert their will when that was the only way to break through, the Rangers fell to the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, for their sixth loss in seven games.'
'Glen Sather's Blueshirts continue to insult the paying customers.'
'Mike Dunham returned after a week-long absence because of a concussion and made 33 saves, allowing only power-play goals to Daniel Briere in the first and Chris Drury in the second. Ales Kotalik scored into an empty net at the end. Both advantages were created by irresponsible plays.'
'"They were coming hard to the net — that's the way you score goals," said Dunham, who made 32 saves after missing the last three starts because of a concussion. "I don't think we hammered their goaltender at all tonight," Sather said. "They did it three or four times."'
'Biron was terrific against the Rangers, and made the save of the game late in the third period with his team clinging to a 2-1 lead and the Rangers charging his net. Jamie Lundmark took his own rebound and put a shot at the left side of the net, which Biron had left open after making the tough initial save on Lundmark. Somehow, Biron got his left arm across his body in time to stretch out and grab Lundmark's shot out of the air at the goal line.'
'Chris Drury had given the Sabres a two-goal lead 45 seconds earlier with their second power-play goal. The Rangers had actually killed off a 41 seconds off a 5-on-3 after they were called for too many men at 15:52 and Rucinsky was penalized for boarding Andy Delmore at 17:11. But Daniel Briere found Drury open in the slot from the left side.'
'"We were looking for players that are going to make a difference here. We believe Chris is that," Buffalo General Manager Darcy Regier said when he signed Drury to a contract that will pay him $3.45 million this season. "When you get the type of player Chris is, you want to make a commitment and you believe you can create a strong winning environment."'
'“They way I look at it, the seventh and eighth teams in the conference will be three or four games over .500,'' Biron said after the Sabres improved to 22-25-5-1. “That's where we've got to get. We've got a lot of big games upcoming against conference teams and we're trying to get on a roll.'''
'"As far as effort, it helps the team go a long way," Drury said. "We have been playing a little better lately and if we can stay consistent and get a roll going, I like our chances heading toward the playoffs."'
'Martin Biron took center stage on Friday night, making stellar saves all night long and keeping the New York Rangers at bay for a 3-1 win in Madison Square Garden. The Ales Kotalik streak continued as well, as the Sabres are now 11-1 when the forward scores a goal.'
'Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier suggested a club on a tight budget can't get into an arms race with the big boys. He said the Sabres are interested in improving their roster, but they can't feel pressured to do so based on the moves their closest competitors have made.'
'The Sabres are only 1-8-2-1 this season against Atlantic Division teams.'