If Miroslav Satan feels the expectations for him in 2001-2002 are high, he can't completely fault a demanding Lindy Ruff or 18,690 goal-starved HSBC Arena fans. Claude H. Foisy deserves his share of the blame.
Archives for October 21, 2001
When Dominik Hasek was traded to Detroit, the buzz in the hockey world was that the Buffalo Sabres would be devastated because they wouldn't have The Dominator in goal to be their last line of defense. Biron had been waiting in the wings since he played his first game with the Sabres when he was only 18. Saturday night, Biron proved that he can be just as good as the Dominator in his hey day as he stopped 29 shots in helping his Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in the Molson Centre.
Goal #1 starts with an underrated play in the left-wing corner of the Montreal zone. Maxim Afinogenov and Stu Barnes double-team one of the Habs, and Barnes sends the puck back to the left point to Alexei Zhitnik. Goal #2 starts with an underrated play in the left-wing corner of the Montreal zone.
'"It was that shift after the goal …" Savage muttered on his way to the showers. "All that work and then – junk."'
'It's interesting to note that defenceman Patrice Brisebois was selected as one of the three stars last night because it was Brisebois who started the chain of events that has sidelined Hackett indefinitely, which means a minimum of four to five weeks. The Breezer lost control of the puck in front of the Montreal net. That led to a Buffalo shot, a save and a loose puck at the side of the net. Hackett, who has never shied from getting involved, dived for the loose puck and was lying on the ice when J. P. Dumont skated into him.'
'Jim Corsi was taking a lot of ribbing last night prior to the Canadiens-Sabres game. The Montrealer is the goaltending coach for the Buffalo Sabres and it was suggested that he actually has some work to do now that Dominic Hasek is no longer guarding the Sabres net. But Martin Biron's performance last night is an indication that Corsi hasn't been wasting his time in his first three years with the club.'
'Sabres goaltender Martin Biron was fantastic. Playing in his native Quebec one night after losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets in HSBC Arena, he made 29 saves to raise his record to 4-3-1. The only goal he surrendered was to Richard Zednik on a point-blank rebound.'
'"You can't say we didn't play well. I thought we dominated, actually," said Canadiens forward Brian Savage, who led the Habs with five shots, including a couple of blasts from the wing. "If it wasn't for their goaltender, it would have been a blowout."'
'"It was a scramble. He tried to freeze the puck," said Therrien. "I don't think they were trying to punish our goaltender."'
'"Character has been the key this year with us, coming back after two periods twice already to win games," Biron said. "Tonight, you give them a chance to tie it and you come back 22 seconds later. That's been the case in our first eight games, character — just the way the guys step up to play the game after something put us down a little bit."'