‘The Sabres need to get tougher in their own end of the ice if their going reach the post season and have a legitimate chance of getting past the first round. Tom Golisano isn’t accustomed to failure and unless Darcy pulls the trigger on something that improves Buffalo’s chances, he could face Golisano’s firing squad in June.’
'Sabres' leading scorer Daniel Briere has a sore right shoulder that could keep him out of Wednesday's game at New Jersey.'
'"In Phoenix I was always the guy who was coming up," Briere said. "I was a safety valve. When the guy got hurt, I was there to help for a few days or a few weeks. When you are with the organization that drafted you, that's a hard tag to get rid of."'
'"We certainly have to evaluate the depth," Regier said. "Where is James Patrick going to be? Where is Jay McKee going to be? And hopefully we don't have any additional injuries, knock on wood."'
'The Sabres' recent run doesn't justify Regier's do-nothing stance. He says he's concerned about what a trade would do to the team's chemistry. That's a cop-out. If anything, it makes his timid approach even more maddening.'
'After speaking to the police earlier, Imlach had called Ron Joyce and asked him to break the news to Tim’s family. But Joyce couldn’t either. Later in the morning, Imlach’s wife Dodo called Lori to see how she was doing. She didn’t know what Dodo was talking about. She was one of the last to hear that her husband was dead.'
‘It was billed by many as the most important game for the Buffalo Sabres in three years, but turned out to be just another poor performance against the New York Islanders.’
'"We still got to realize there are six, seven weeks left in the season," Ruff said. "If we put the onus on every game, every night, we'll go off the deep end. This game is behind us now."'
'The Sabres scratched rookie winger Andrew Peters for the 10th straight game. He has played only nine times since Dec. 13, a span of 31 games.'
'Satan isn't just a sniper but a 29-year-old sniper. There's been much talk about reducing the age of unrestricted free agents as a bridge in the next collective bargaining agreement. Many believe the age for unrestricted free agency, now 31, could be 28 or lower. With labor strife threatening to wipe out next season and Satan pushing 30, it makes sense for the Sabres and other teams to view him as a rental.'
'Buffalo, with a six-game unbeaten streak, entered Nassau Coliseum as the N.H.L.'s hottest team. The Islanders are now alone in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, 5 points ahead of the Sabres and 2 ahead of Montreal after the Canadiens lost to Toronto.'
'Just 1:07 after Bates' first goal since Dec. 13, Buffalo cut the Isles' lead to one on Dmitri Kalinin's one-timer that came off Rick DiPietro's failed clear. Seventy-five seconds later, though, Aucoin put the Isles up 3-1 after some grunt work down low opened up space at the right point for his floater that beat Sabres goalie Martin Biron.'
'"It was probably our best 60 minutes we've put together," said All-Star defenseman Adrian Aucoin, who followed a minus-5 showing Thursday with a solid plus-3 night. "This was even bigger than the Ranger game."'
'"It was huge," defenseman Adrian Aucoin said. "It was even bigger than the Ranger game. Obviously, the rivalry is huge, but I think they're buried pretty deep back there. And we're looking forward."'
'"It can seem like there's no light at the end of the tunnel. We thought our team was not going to survive," goaltender Martin Biron said. "But you know what? Lindy and the coaches stayed constructive the whole time. They were very patient, especially with the young guys. They didn't make decisions just so we win one game. They did things so we would all get better by the end of the season."'