‘“We had a lot of momentum in the third,” Drury said. “It was too little, too late and they only needed one to win and they got it. We really didn’t get our feet going until the third period and that just killed us.”’
‘”It was a quirky penalty,” said Miller, who made 24 saves. “The puck rolls and we try to get it out of the zone. I think Henrik was three feet from the line and he swatted it away. The new rule jumped out and bit us on that one.”‘
‘Brylin’s game-winner, which was scored on the power play, came 55 seconds after Drury had tied the game just before the penalty. Brian Rafalski took a shot from the top of the right circle. Brylin, positioned in the slot, redirected the puck past goaltender Ryan Miller.’
‘The Sabres trailed 2-0 until late in the third period when they struck twice in about 90 seconds. Daniel Briere bounced a puck off a Devil defender on the power play and scored for the eighth time this season to give them their first goal. Just 1:27 later Chris Drury was fed by Mike Grier from behind the net and he scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at two.’
‘The team peppered the Devils with 16 shots in the third.’
'"Two years ago you sat out the entire season with a concussion. Name one thing you became very good at in that year."
Connolly: "Probably eating ice cream and sitting around doing nothing. Basically I got completely out of shape and that's when I started playing poker. Basically I couldn't work out or do anything. I just kind of enjoyed being out of shape."'
'"You were roommates with Rhett Warrener for awhile. What was the craziest thing about Rhett, or do you have any good stories about Rhett that you can tell us?"
Campbell: "There's never a story that you can tell about that guy on camera."'
‘The Sabres recently approached Biron and spare goalie Mika Noronen about reporting to the Rochester Americans for a two-week conditioning assignment. A player can agree to such an arrangement without needing to clear waivers, as Edmonton Oilers goalie Ty Conklin did this week. Both Biron and Noronen declined the Sabres’ overture.’
‘The Buffalo Sabres defenseman, therefore, must be smarting because he led the NHL with 30 blocked shots heading into Thursday night’s games. “Guys can shoot the puck pretty hard at this level,” McKee said. “I’ve got a bruise right now the size of a large orange on my knee from a Jaromir Jagr shot. But you don’t think about it when you’re out there. You just focus on what you have to do. It’s after the game that you realize the pain it causes you, but it’s never enough to keep you out of the lineup.”‘
‘After not allowing as many in all of 2003-04, the Devils have given up six goals twice this season.’
'"Maybe it's just been too much of too many people telling them how good they are because tonight we weren't good," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said in a postgame news conference filled with blunt criticism.'
‘Biron is a good goalie, but he has yet to play this year. Miller is a great young goalie, but if Biron was any good he would have played at least a few games by now. The less he plays the less the Oilers have to give up.’