It's time to hit the panic button. The Buffalo Sabres lost their third straight game as they put up another putrid performance in Bean Town. The Boston Bruins beat the Sabres 3-1 as Buffalo got its 8th defeat in 11 games. The Sabres management has to address its current dreadful plight before they fall completely out of playoff contention.
Archives for November 18, 2001
'"We didn't picture a season like this. Every season has frustration, and this is it hopefully."'
'The Hub of Hockey is nothing if not the land of opportunity. On a night when the Bruins lost their No. 1 scorer, Joe Thornton, to a nasty case of ill temper, Rivers stepped up and was counted (two goals, four shots). The Bruins finished their six-game homestand with a 4-2 record, solidifying their position in the thick of the playoff hunt with a quarter of the season officially in the books.'
'''I'm not a forward by trade,'' Rivers said. ''I just take what I can get up there and make sure I don't get scored on, fill the void, and try not to be a liability out there. Scoring goals is fun, but I don't think my paycheck is delivered by me scoring goals. Obviously, it's good to chip in, but I just want to play solid defense, play physical, and stay out of the penalty box."'
'Prior to getting tossed for the night, Thornton logged 3:34 in ice time over five shifts. He required brief medical attention on the bench from trainer Don DelNegro after being left with a bloody nose when hit by a Slava Kozlov high stick.'
'The B's, who had to kill off seven minutes of penalties Thornton incurred, responded with a spirited, two-goal second period that just about finished off the Sabres.'
'Filling in on the fourth line last night for the injured Scott Pellerin, Rivers, normally a defenseman, played right wing and scored two goals in the Bruins' 3-1 win at the FleetCenter over the Buffalo Sabres. Rivers scored the first goal of the game on a backhander that he put past Bob Essensa at 14:11 of the first period, and then netted the game-winner on a power-play blast from the point at 8:18 of the second.'
'Bill Guerin scored 40 goals for the Bruins last season, but after his first 14 games this season, he had just three goals.'
'Though he wasn't credited with an assist, Dafoe played a key part in B's third goal when he pounced on a puck that was headed for icing and swept it to Mike Knuble for a rush that caught the Sabres on a change, resulting in Bill Guerin's sixth goal of the season at 17:00 of the second period.'
'"I was lucky on that second goal," added Rivers. "Glen Murray made a better door than a window in front of [Essensa]. Scoring goals is fun, but my paycheck the last couple of years wasn't based on that. My job is to be physical and stay out of the penalty box."'