'There's bad blood between these teams after a Canadiens' goaltender was injured in each of the first two games between the teams this season.'
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'"We want to get off to a good start," said Varada, "and hopefully put an end to the slump."'
'Tonight's game is the first of seven consecutive road games for the Canadiens.'
'"No question about it, we're not going to sit back," said Carriere, assistant to Sabres general manager Darcy Regier. "We want the team to be successful. Being a good partner is understanding the tradition in Rochester. Rochester is an extension of our arm."'
'Afinogenov's defensive play also has improved dramatically, allowing Ruff to use him more often.'
'No Buffalo athlete has made a more sustained and sincere commitment to the sick and needy children of this community.'
'But if Buffalo expects to reach 90 points on the season, which is usually the number of points needed to safely make the playoffs, they would need 58 points in their final 45 games.'
'Rob Ray's annual Christmas gift delivery took place Sunday, when Ray and 10 of his teammates mobilized to deliver food, toys, hats and gloves to underprivileged Buffalonians.'
It was a bitter pill to swallow. The Sabres fans have expected top notch goaltending ever since their inception. Having seen such greats as Roger Crozier, Tom Barrasso, Don Edwards and Bob Sauve, not to mention the future Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek, tend the pipes in the Sabres storied history, it came as a complete shock to see the horrendous goaltending as of late.
'It was the Sabres' sixth loss in their past eight games and their fifth straight defeat with Martin Biron as the starting goalie.'