'"Same place exactly," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after a 5-4 shootout loss to Atlanta on Saturday night. "It wasn't picked up on X-rays. It just wasn't feeling right again, even after practice [Friday]."'
'"The one thing we have to be careful of is that winning hides bad habits," said Briere, who extended his career-high point streak to 10 games with a goal and an assist against Atlanta. "Hopefully we didn't pick up too many bad habits, and we realize that speed and hard work will carry us through the rest of the season."'
'"I still don't know how Kozlov's [shootout goal] went in," Miller said. "I read it. I made the move. I swear to God I could feel it brush over my foot. Just a really good shot, I guess."'
'"To go out there the first month and pick up 21 points with a possibility of 22 is a great way to start the year," he said.'
'Most fascinating is that Buffalo's style is so anti-Lindy Ruff. He is a conservative-thinking coach. But Ruff, hired in 1997 and the NHL's longest-tenured coach at 666 games, is intelligent enough to look at his Buffalo personnel and realize this is not a defense-first squad.'
'The depth falls off considerably from there, however. Next up from AHL Rochester if there's another blue-line injury would be a first-year pro. Andrej Sekera showed well in training camp and could have made the roster if not for Paetsch's experience, but he has been battling a groin injury. The other options are Michael Funk and Mike Card, also in their first season outside juniors.'
'The Sabres still have not lost through sudden death in 16 regular-season games, dating to April 7, 2006.'
'"It is strange," Pominville said. "It's been a long time since we lost" on June 1 to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.'
'It isn't easy for a small-market NHL team to get a coveted cover story in America's most popular sports magazine. In fact, the only time the Sabres were so recognized was in the issue of Feb. 26, 1973: "Buffalo's New Beliveau" (Gilbert Perreault).'
‘Rides like this don’t come along often. Buckle in. And just enjoy.’
‘Paetsch played in just two games with the Sabres last season, one during the regular season and another during the playoffs.’
‘Atlanta came into the contest unbeaten on the road with a 3-0-2 record. The Sabres are 6-0-0 on the road this season. Oddly, as many teams entered Saturday without a road loss as did without a home loss. Buffalo, Minnesota, Anaheim, Edmonton and New Jersey were all unbeaten at home coming into action, while Anaheim, Ottawa and Pittsburgh joined the Sabres and Thrashers with unbeaten road marks.’
Thrashers end Sabres’ win streak (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
‘But last night, in a result that has to be seen as poetic justice, the Atlanta Thrashers put the matter to bed for another season, defeating the Sabres 5-4 — in a shootout when Slava Kozlov scored the only goal.’
‘”It’s fitting they lost in a shootout because some of their wins came that way,” Gilmour, a member of those 1993 Leafs, said. “We never had the opportunity of shootouts, so it was an entirely different thing. (The Sabres) have a good team but it’s still nice that we will be recognized for our accomplishment.”‘