'"It's pretty embarrassing," Sabres center Chris Drury said. "We didn't come down here and expect an effort like that."'
Archives for February 2004
'The line centered by Scott Gomez, which includes Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta, was once again a force. Elias had two goals and three assists. Gionta had two goals and an assist, and Gomez had three assists. The line has 11 goals and 15 assists in three games.'
'But at present, the Devils have the hottest line in hockey, not to mention the most consistent goaltender in hockey history. Things could be worse.'
'Martin Biron replaced Noronen, who allowed six goals on 26 shots, but the Devils wasted little time in scoring again. Jeff Friesen did some figure skating in the left circle before his pass deflected off Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell and into the net at 3:07.'
'"It's nice to go through a game like that and not have it go down to the wire," Brodeur said. "I could breathe a little bit."'
'“I thought we were poor everywhere,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We were poor defensively. Our goaltending wasn't up to par. When you have only one line that was in on the scoring, then you don't win.'''
'"There wasn't a damn thing good about this game."'
'It was a big loss for Buffalo, who had gotten themselves back into the playoff race going on a 9-1-1 tear, but have now lost two straight.'
'"There's some improvements to do," the 23-year-old said. "I need to get defensively a little bit better, play maybe a little harder. It's not always perfect, but you try and you try, and sometimes you get rewarded. It's never enough. You have to keep going, keep going, never stop. I just want to be the best player you can be, the whole season long, all the time."'
'"We thought in a couple days it'd calm down, but it's still affecting him," said Ruff, who hinted if Briere can't dress he'd move Curtis Brown up from the fourth line to skate with left wing Jochen Hecht and right wing Miroslav Satan. "That's a huge loss for us, but we can move Curtis up the lineup if Danny isn't able to play. There's still a chance he could."'
'The first time I was here, I went from being someone who really was never involved in public things, and it was a controversial time. I was getting thrown into the swimming pool and learning how to swim. Now, I just don't take it too personally. And I don't take it seriously. Business is serious, but I don't think my role in it is necessarily serious. It's not my identity. It's not who I am. It's a great community resource, so I think the resource is more important than my individual role."'
'The line of Elias, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta has combined for 12 goals and 16 assists in six games.'
Milley is fourth on the Amerks with 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) in 54 games and is approaching his third 20-goal season in the AHL.
'Since Jan. 25, the Sabres are 9-2-1. They trail the Isles by six points for eighth in the Eastern Conference.'
'With the NHL trade deadline approaching, this week my producer Mike Courtney and I have collaborated to propose a few trades that we think would bolster the Sabres for a stretch drive toward the playoffs.'