And it gets worse. The plight of the Buffalo Sabres is closely resembling that of the Buffalo Bills these days. Once again, the Sabres lost to a much weaker team at home. Friday night, they were shutout by the Florida Panthers 2-0. What's wrong with this picture?
Archives for November 17, 2001
'The Sabres were booed lustily at the final horn.'
'"I will stick with the game plan that I have," Varada said. "Hard work is the main thing, and with my physical presence out there I can help too. I'm not going to try to do different things out there. I want to be myself."'
'RW Vaclav Varada returns tonight from his three-game suspension.'
'Neither team won a home game in last season's series. Sabres went 2-0 in Boston, allowing only 1 goal; Bruins earned 3 1-goal decisions at Buffalo.'
'After some gentle jousting in the first nine minutes, both teams had several chances for the rest of the first period and much of the second. Buffalo's Maxim Afinogenov, in particular, had two glorious chances on one-timers that Kidd turned away.'
'The win, the Panthers' second straight on the road, came because they played patiently and smart under pressure.'
'"The key is tightening up early," Sutter said. "The last couple games, we haven't had good starts and our goaltender [Roberto Luongo] had to bail us out. Maybe this will force our guys as a group to be a little more focused."'
'In the Sabres' last seven losses, they have scored eight goals.'
'"Anytime you've got a home game, you want to win those, there's no question," Sabres captain Stu Barnes said. "I don't know that we can say anymore that we take any teams for granted."'