Unfortunately for the second-year Thrashers, the NHL season isn't 40 games long. After a rousing first half that saw them at .500 before their loss to Washington on New Year's Day, Atlanta has spiraled downward with a 7-26-6-1 mark. Their dream of playoff contention has since evaporated.
Archives for March 2001
If the Sabres do anything less than blow the Thrashers' defense out of the arena, then they deserve to be knocked out of the first round of the playoffs.
'The Sabres have tightened up their defense to playoff standards, leaving Hasek with little to do on some nights. The lack of activity has led to victories, and the Sabres will be playing for their 15th in 21 games when they face the Atlanta Thrashers tonight at 7 in HSBC Arena.'
'Buffalo has played well enough this season to put itself in a far more comfortable position for the homestretch. Buffalo is in fifth place, three points behind Philadelphia and one point ahead of Pittsburgh. The Sabres have a game in hand on both teams.'
'Dominik Hasek proved once more this week he's no ordinary goalie.'
'The Sabres will head to Florida following the contest to play their final two road games of the regular season against Tampa Bay and Florida, and then wrap up the season with home games against the Bruins, Capitals and Flyers, with Buffalo almost definitley playing one of the last two in the first round of the post-season.'
'[Steve] Heinze, who spent his first 30 years living and playing in the greater Boston area, is now with his third team in 10 months. Heinze was claimed from the Bruins by the Columbus Blue Jackets in last June's expansion draft, then shipped to the Sabres at the March 13 trade deadline. At the end of this season he becomes an unrestricted free agent, so another move could come as soon as July.'
'Someday soon, Dominik Hasek will retire and move back to the Czech Republic. But his hockey legacy in Western New York will last a lot longer than that – thanks to a $1 million gift he is making to a new inner-city youth hockey program.'
‘There are horses for courses in the hockey world and it could be argued that Nolan might not be a perfect fit for the Blackhawks, but its hard to imagine he couldn’t help them.’
'Wednesday, the Sabres' goaltender provided $1 million — the largest single donation ever by a Buffalo athlete — to establish his own charitable foundation called Hasek's Heroes. The money will be used to create a hockey and skating program for underprivileged Buffalo youth.'