Todd Marchant loves coming back to Buffalo to put on a show for his family and friends. He did more than that Monday night in Buffalo\’s HSBC Arena. His performance literally destroyed any small hopes the Buffalo Sabres have of making the playoffs this year. Marchant scored two huge goals against Sabres goalie Martin Biron as the Edmonton Oilers glided to a slick 3-0 thrashing of the Sabres.
Archives for March 5, 2002
'The miserable, 3-0 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers, coming just three games after a 2-1 failure against the lowly Atlanta Thrashers, certainly looked like the parting whimper of a team about to miss the playoffs.'
'A native of Buffalo who lives here during the off-season, Marchant scored his fifth and sixth goals and 11th and 12th points in 12 career games against his home-town team. He led everybody with seven shots in his 20 minutes on the ice.'
'"He's had an incredible run of success against the Sabres."' — Peter Marchant, Todd's dad, chuckling softly as he watched his boy score two goals Monday. He had scored only two in his previous 31 games.'
'The heroics came courtesy of Todd Marchant, who scored two goals with his family in the stands at HSBC Arena, providing the stingy Finn and the Oilers with more than enough margin in a 3-0 win.'
'"This is it for me," said Essensa, who has been one of the most popular players in every dressing room he's called home. "You have to let the kids play sooner or later."'
'"We're not giving up yet. There's still a lot of fight in the dog. But tonight the dog had its tail between its two legs."'
'The Sabres held a 35-minute closed-door meeting before coach Lindy Ruff met the media. "The reality of the situation is after the first period we were pathetic," he fumed.'