The Buffalo Sabres had a point to prove. On Thursday night before the smallest crowd at HSBC Arena in years, 13,249, the Sabres thrashed the Atlanta Thrashers 8-0. Speak about getting revenge! The Sabres vowed to extract some vengeance for their season opening 2-1 loss to the Thrashers.
Archives for November 9, 2001
'"It was solid from start to finish," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. "We just kept going at it. There was really no secret to it. I thought a lot of the goals we flat-out outworked them down low."'
'Playing in just his third game of the season, Boulton had a night worthy of on-camera discussion. His second career goal, scored with just under four minutes left in the first period, began a landslide in which 15 Sabres contributed at least one point. But until Boulton scored from short range on Milan Hnilicka, Buffalo had seemed bound for another night of countless opportunities and little production.'
'Spurred on by memories of being booed by their home fans on opening night against Atlanta, it was payback time for the Sabres. All that was left of the weary Thrashers was road kill.'
'Miroslav Satan is angry because the Buffalo Sabres won't let him miss any games to play for Slovakia in the preliminary rounds of the Winter Olympics. There won't be any controversy in Atlanta, where the Thrashers aren't a playoff contender.'
'Buffalo, coming off its first shutout loss of the season, scored eight goals in a regular-season game for the first time since beating Toronto 8-1 on Jan. 1, 2000.'
'Buffalo dominated throughout, outshooting Atlanta, 43-16, in its biggest offensive outburst since defeating Philadelphia by the same margin in Game Six of last season's Eastern Conference quarterfinals.'