Sometimes, if you keep plugging away, things will finally go your way. The Buffalo Sabres kept plugging away Friday night and finally got something right. They opened their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning charged up by drilling 14 shots on ‘Bolts goalie Kevin Weekes in the first period and never looking back from there. The Sabres ended their three game winning streak by beating Tampa Bay 4-1.
Archives for November 3, 2001
'The Sabres have won just one road game this season, going 1-2-0-1.'
'Satan's goals, his fourth and fifth of the season, helped pull the Sabres out of a three-game losing streak and represented Buffalo's first third-period goals since Oct. 23. Both power-play goals, they also put a stop to a 1-for-25 skid on the man-advantage.'
'He's not long for sticking with failure. He's no stranger to changing on the fly, and he's the same way when coaching the Sabres. He'll set four lines for practice, watch one poor shift in a game and drop-kick them into Lake Erie.'
'The current hometown boys took the ice against a starting line made up of center Brian Holzinger, left wing Dave Andreychuk and right wing Matthew Barnaby – three familiar faces at HSBC Arena, where each used to suit up for the Sabres.'
'The loss dropped the Lightning to 1-8 in their past nine games in Buffalo. Tampa Bay's last win in Buffalo came March 11, 1999, a 5-2 victory.'
'"There's so many people around here that know each other," Tortorella said. "When you're on the road you like to have your own routine, and there's no doubt that when we come here it gets disrupted a little bit. But once the game starts, all of that familiarity doesn't mean much. You still want to go out and perform your best."'
'Lightning coach John Tortorella figured the Sabres would come out smoking Friday night as they tried to snap a three-game losing streak. He was right, but they ended fast as well.'
'Andreychuk, Barnaby and Holzinger played as a line and took the opening faceoff. Tortorella said that had nothing to do with the game in Buffalo.
"It's three guys who have some pretty good memories of this place," Holzinger said. "To be put on the same line, it's different but exciting."'
'The Sabres did not allow a third-period goal for the first time in 12 games and broke a three-game losing streak.'