'Buffalo was able to control the tempo and tone of the game. Buffalo won most of the face-offs, giving them control of the puck. Buffalo held the leads and played their patient, defensive game. Hasek thwarted any chances Atlanta had over the final two periods of the game.'
Archives for February 16, 2001
It seemed fitting that on a night when Sabre alumni great Mike Ramsey was honored, the younger Rhett Warrener made the difference for his team in a similar style.
In a word, the ceremony for the three new inductees into the Sabres' Hall of Fame, Jerry Korab, Mike Ramsey and scout Mike Racicot, was disappointing.
'Lindy Ruff reached straight for the jumper cables Thursday night. One end was connected to Rob Ray, the other to Eric Boulton. Charge!'
'Midway through the second period, Warrener took a cross-ice pass from Vaclav Varada and tapped it across the crease and into the net.'
'The Rigas family runs Adelphia and owns the Sabres. It expects to lose $19 million on the team this year. Had this deal fallen through, odds are a For Sale sign would go up outside the arena.'
'The Sabres were back to playing the type of tight-checking, physical hockey that got them to the Stanley Cup finals two years ago and Thursday made it work for a 3-1 win over the Thrashers before 17,881 at HSBC Arena.'
‘Miroslav Satan had one goal and one assist and Rhett Warrener broke a 1-1 tie in the second period as the Sabres avenged a 5-4 win by the Thrashers two nights earlier.’
'Audette, reiterating previous remarks about his final days with the Sabres, said, "I left on a little sour note….I still don't regret anything I did. In the end it came down to principle as much as anything else. I think they could have been more fair in the end."'
'Eight of Buffalo's next nine games are against winning teams, including two each against Ottawa and New Jersey, who sit atop the Eastern Conference standings.'