Talk about a blackout in south Florida — the Lightning have generated so little electricity or excitement on the Gulf Coast this season that fans have to be wondering if they'll ever see anything but cloudy skies for the franchise.
Archives for February 1, 2001
Fifteen days after a male-bonding trip to California and five days before the All-Star break, when there would be ample time to chill out, the Sabres, seriously slipping in the standings, went on vacation.
With 38 saves, Robert Luongo was even better than he was in Buffalo, keeping his team in range until the Florida offense exploded in the third. Meanwhile, one might expect the old scotch tape “Sargento” label to possibly reappear soon on Dominik Hasek’s helmet.
'Taking advantage of Dominik Hasek's shaky goaltending and a bunch of defensive mistakes, the Panthers scored on their first three shots of the third period and put away the Sabres, 5-2, at the National Car Rental Center.'
'Buffalo led 2-1 going into the third when the Panthers heated up with goals by Peter Worrell, Bure and Olli Jokinen on Florida's first three shots of the period.'
'The Panthers made All-World goalie Dominik Hasek look quite ordinary as Worrell, who slid onto Pavel Bure's line because the game started to get chippy, Bure and Olli Jokinen scored goals on three straight shots in a 1:47 span to open a four-goal third period.'
‘Most teams learn from their mistakes, but the Panthers aren’t like most teams.’
'The win was particularly gratifying to goaltender Roberto Luongo, who had lost to Buffalo 1-0 on a goal with eight seconds remaining 12 days earlier and who has struggled to get offensive support all season.'
'When Panther defenseman Robert Svehla upended Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek on a play at the Sabres' net with 9:52 remaining in the second period, it triggered a near-brawl that resulted in penalties to nine of the 12 players on the ice.'
'Like he's done so many times before, Pavel Bure led his team to victory.'