Let's see. Doug Gilmour has lost eight of his 11 faceoffs in the game, including one in the defensive zone to Rod Brind'Amour. Who does Lindy Ruff stick out there for a critical shorthanded faceoff against The Bod, among the NHL's best on the draw, with four minutes to go in the third period? Gilmour.
Archives for March 25, 2001
The door to the Buffalo bench swings open, and Stu Barnes steps onto the ice for his 19th shift of the game.
Every once in a while, blossoming power forward Erik Rasmussen puts it all together and shines like the star the Sabres expect him to be.
'It took five-plus periods and three days, but the Buffalo Sabres finally beat Carolina Hurricanes goalie Arturs Irbe.'
'"In today's game, there are a lot of players who are all about the buck. In fact, there's not a lot who aren't," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "Over the years, the bucks pile up. Now it's, ""Boy it would be nice to win.' After you're financially set, the one thing that becomes really prevalent is winning."'
'"We got a bad break, [Wallin] got tripped up and they got one," coach Paul Maurice said. "We were just about a half-second off — moving the puck, finishing checks. That was the end of it; story of the game."'
'It took more than five periods and plenty of patience for the Buffalo Sabres to finally figure out how to beat Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe.'
'Hasek came within 4:01 of his league-leading 10th shutout and Stu Barnes, Erik Rasmussen and Miroslav Satan scored third-period goals to lead the Sabres to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.'
'With the victory, the Sabres pull within to four points of fourth-seeded Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and they remain four points ahead of now sixth-place Toronto in the race. Coupled with Colorado's 4-2 win over the Bruins, the Sabres now are just three points away from clinching their fifth consecutive playoff berth…'.