Wasted goals. That's what the Buffalo Sabres may be thinking what transpired in their last two games. On Thursday, the Sabres may have used up all their ammo when they trounced the Atlanta Thrashers 8-0. Saturday, they struggled to score just two as they lost to the New York Rangers 4-2.
Archives for November 11, 2001
'The Rangers, however, took advantage of critical errors and handed the Sabres their fifth loss in seven games.'
'"That could have been our year, for sure," he said. "Had we been healthy, it might have been enough to put us over the edge. I know (goalie) Grant Fuhr was fighting a knee injury, too. The Dominator (Dominik Hasek) was sitting on the bench. Nobody knew how good he could be. That definitely was a team that had a shot to go all the way. It's the only championship I never won."'
'Just a couple of weeks ago, there were rumblings that Eric Lindros might be passed over by the Canadian Olympic team if he did not shake off some of the rust caused by a 16-month layoff. There are no such rumblings now. Lindros had two assists tonight, and his line, which includes Theo Fleury and Mike York, had three goals and four assists in the Rangers' 4-2 victory over Buffalo, their fourth straight.'
'"That's the way he plays and the refs allow him to do whatever he wants to do. I can show you 100 games he's played in where he's tried to take somebody's knee out, where he's crosschecked them from behind, all those things. I could show you 100 game tapes of that guy playing — his No. 1 sole purpose to be on the ice is to hurt somebody."'
'Neither referee Bill McCreary nor his partner Tom Kowal saw fit to call a penalty on the play-until, that is, Lindros got up, went after Varada and spun him to the ice. Then it was Lindros called for unsportsmanlike conduct.'
'Lindros dominated last night's 4-2 Rangers win over the Buffalo Sabres, their fourth straight victory. Lindros had two assists and a terrific deflection goal disallowed by the video replay judge.'
'"That is a 20-game suspension. That is an absolute embarrassment to the game of hockey, that hit," Fleury said. "They let that guy play like that all the time, and he never has to pay the piper. Ever, ever, never."'
'"To win a game when we weren't playing very well at the beginning, especially coming off a big (6-2) win on the Island … I don't want to keep going back to our goaltending, but that's really the reason for this," Brian Leetch said. "A win like this really sets us up for our next game, and we'll try to keep getting wins together."'
'The four-game winning streak is the Blueshirts' longest of the season and matched their best from last season. They have not won five in a row since a seven-game streak from Jan. 15-25 of 2000.'