‘Attention Sabres fans and all the hockey experts predicting the Sabres to win the Stanley Cup this spring. It just isn’t going to happen.’
‘”We’re finding ways to lose instead of finding ways to win right now,” Sabres right wing Jason Pominville said.’
‘Like it or not, toughness is an issue. I’m not talking about fighters. Andrew Peters, Adam Mair and Paul Gaustad can scrap with anyone. The Sabres lack physical forwards who can wear down opposing defensemen, and they lack physical defensemen who can overpower physical forwards. It’s usually a factor in the playoffs.’
'"I'm coming from a long way out," Briere said. "Maybe what happened earlier in my career makes me appreciate a lot what's going on right now, because I know I'm very lucky to still be playing hockey in the NHL."'
'"It just happened to be (against) Buffalo, but it's special any time you can come back in the third period of a game like that," current Islanders coach and former Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said. "Getting three of four points this weekend against teams like that is a good sign for us."'
'New York was trailing 3-2 in the third period when Asham tied the game with his second goal of the contest on a slap shot from the high slot that beat Miller 6:53 into the final frame.'
'Aaron Asham notched his second goal of the game seven minutes into the third to even up the score at 3-3. Then with just three minutes left in the third, New York took back the lead on a goal by Randy Robitaille that deflected passed Ryan Miller. The Islanders finished off Buffalo with one minute left on a goal by Andy Hilbert to cap off the 5-3 victory.'
'Off a Toni-Lydman turnover, the Islanders took the 4-3 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. Randy Robitaille trapped Lydman's clearing attempt along the boards and fired a quick wristshot on net that Miller never saw to register his eighth goal of the season.'
'Of greater concern and cause for alarm is how Buffalo (24-1-2 when entering the final stanza with the scoreboard advantage, prior to the All-Star break) squandered leads, entering the third period, and allowed their opponents to outwork, outhustle and, ultimately, outscore them, 5-0, in the past two contests.'
‘”Every loss matters,” Sabres’ coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think we have some players who are a little out of synch now. With the break, and having some guys at the All-Star game, we need to get a few heads back on shoulders.”‘
‘The Sabres are 18-1-3 when they don’t allow a power-play goal.’
Sabres look to snap out of funk (Sportsticker)
Buffalo Sabres (33-13-4) at New York Islanders (22-21-5) (The Sports Network)
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‘”Our game is puck control, complemented by defense. I think we need torealize that that’s the way it has to go. When [coach] Lindy [Ruff] talks about a lockdown mode, so to speak, I don’t think he’s talking about just sit back and play defense. He’s talking about just be smart. I think once we learn the difference, we’re going to be able to shut teams down. There’s a big difference between sitting back and playing defense, and making smart plays and playing defense.”‘