'The Rangers could have easily lost their third consecutive game. Richter, who made 47 saves, was the reason they did not.'
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'On Monday, after the Rangers' practice, Fleury offered to meet with Ruff to clear the air. "He didn't want to, I guess," Fleury said this morning. "But the offer still stands. I would ask him what he was trying to say. Obviously, he dodged the question this morning. He did a good job."'
'"Richter gets my vote for U.S. Olympic goalie, by the way — he was fabulous," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said, unsolicited.'
'"Yeah, I stand by that, in a sense that I said what I said because a lot of it was Theo's antics on the ice — the chicken dance the game before they came into town," Ruff said, referring to Fleury's taunting of Islanders defenseman Eric Cairns Nov. 8.'
'There is no telling what place in the standings this Ranger team would occupy if not for the work of Mike Richter.'
'Mike Richter likes to get as much work as he can, but this is a little ridiculous.'
'Varada went on to say that Fleury's postgame comments from Nov. 10 – that Varada is out to only injure opposing players – were hurtful and that Fleury's off-ice problems were fair game for discussion.'
'Whenever the Rangers get a point they don't think they deserve, Mike Richter is usually the reason they got it.'
'"I know nothing of Theo's personal life. I never mentioned his personal life," Ruff said. "I was aware afterwards that (reporters) can interpret any quote any way you want."'
'"Not a lot of guys had legs, and nobody had a good feeling," coach Ron Low said. "But Richter said, 'We'll keep it close.' And we kept it close. We found a way."'