Inside — really Inside — the Numbers of the Sabres' impressive win over the Ottawa Senators.
Archives for February 28, 2001
John Rigas got an overnight letter from FedEx this morning: the deed to the Ottawa Senators, which his Buffalo Sabres now officially own. The Sabres have won 11 of the last 14 meetings with the Senators, but don't put your aluminum-foil Stanley Cups into production just yet.
‘After an early season win, the Sens have lost four straight to the Sabres. Let’s hope the Senators don’t meet Buffalo in the playoffs. A first round encounter will mean a short Ottawa post-season.’
With coach Lindy Ruff looking for grit and hustle with a defensive conscience and ability to play physically, Erik Rasmussen has fit the bill.
'Beating the Northeast Division leaders gave the Sabres a nice start to their road trip, which includes games with some of the NHL's best teams.'
'Clearly, the Sabres have the Senators' number, leaving them frustrated and shaking their heads searching for answers they haven't needed against the rest of the NHL in recent weeks.'
'Hasek finished the season with a stunning .996 goals-against average against the Senators, giving up only five goals in five games. Three of them came in a 3-1 loss to the Senators on Nov. 28.'
'Ottawa is 7-3 in its last 10 games, with all three losses coming at the hands of Hasek.'
‘The Sens may be one of the National Hockey League’s elite teams, but the Sabres are their Achilles’ heel. Tuesday night, Ottawa dropped its fourth consecutive game to Buffalo this season…’.
'"Yeah, but when we play the other teams, we suck," said Sabres forward Rob Ray. "We have the hardest time against the Islanders, Tampa…"'