'Sabres defensemen Jay McKee and James Patrick both left Saturday afternoon’s NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period. As a result, Delmore was promoted and should play today against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. The Sabres phoned Amerks coach Randy Cunneyworth on the bus to inform him of the recall, and Delmore was dropped off at the Syracuse airport.'
'What a difference 11 days can make.'
'Although the Buffalo Sabres are on the A-list (for Anti-contenders)…'.
'The Sabres tied the score on their first shot of the second period when Ales Kotalik took a lead pass from Jean-Pierre Dumont, took two strides over the blue line and blasted a shot high over the right shoulder of Flyers goaltender Robert Esche. Esche called the goal a "poor, poor, poor, poor, poor" one, but was most impressed that he didn't allow it to affect the rest of his game. He finished with 25 saves, including 12 in the third.'
'The only thing Hitchcock didn't like about this game was the third period. He thought the Flyers gave up the puck to the Sabres, sat back and tried to protect the lead rather than increase it. Considering the things that went right, they could be forgiven.'
'“I think we might have played our best game in this building in a long time from effort to the standpoint of controlling play,'' Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “It's tough when you come out of a game like this and have nothing to show for it.'''
'"I had to play Recchi first," said Buffalo goaltender Mika Noronen. "I knew that Roenick was coming back door but I didn't realize that he was right handed. Recchi made a nice pass and that was a quick shot."'
'Buffalo tried furiously to even up the score, especially in the final period but they were unable to sneak the puck past Esche. The Sabres outshot the Flyers in the last period 12-4.'
'"I felt like in the third period we wanted to check, so we just gave them the puck and said we are going to (drop) back," said Hitchcock. "That’s a mindset that I want to see us not have. Early in the season we’d just steamroll teams. We would take a 2-1 lead and make it 7-1."'
'"When you're in last place in your division, under .500, your team's probably not going to get looked at that much."'
'The Sabres are 15-7-3-1 when scoring first; 4-17-2 when the opponent takes the first lead.'
Having spent most of his 12-year career in the minors, Chris Taylor has experienced the disappointment of demotion. But when Taylor was told on Friday by Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff that he was being reassigned, the veteran centerman experienced a new degree of pain.
‘Friday’s reassignment of Chris Taylor from the Buffalo Sabres to Rochester is significant because it increases the probability of the classy center being with the Amerks for the Calder Cup playoffs. Assuming the Sabres don’t qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs, Rochester’s playoff roster could be loaded offensively with Taylor, Derek Roy, Milan Bartovic, Jason Botterill, Jason Dawe, Norm Milley, Domenic Pittis and Jason Pominville.’
'Taylor sat out Thursday's 3-2 win at Boston and had five goals, including two in his last four games, and five assists in 45 games with Buffalo this season. The team also announced that forward Jason Botterill was assigned to Rochester, a move the Sabres made prior to their game against Boston.'
'A letdown, emotionally and physically, after two highly charged challenges, playing a last-place division rival they had beaten twice last week. It must have been.'