'The Sabres have outshot the Canadiens, 73-43, in their past two meetings.'
Archives for March 8, 2002
'What on Earth has happened to Joe Juneau? The veteran centre, who has become a defensive forward late in his career, has recaptured the offensive prowess that marked his youth.'
'"Everyone realized if you don't come out to play that game (Thursday) you might as well say bye-bye to the game against Montreal, which is twice as important," Biron said.'
'With a road game Saturday against Central Division rival St. Louis, Bowman said he's leaning toward starting backup goalie Manny Legace in Buffalo.'
'The loss might have been the low point of the Islanders' season.'
'"You'd have to be an idiot not to see we're losing an opportunity to put wins in our column," Laviolette said.'
'Meanwhile, the Isles, embarrassed on their own ice, couldn't hit water if they fell off the Andrea Gail. By the end of the second, the Isles had sent 21 shots wide; they finished with 24 misfires.'
'Peca twice had shorthanded breakaways but could not convert. One was stopped by Biron after Peca was pulled down by defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. The other hit the crossbar and bounced into Biron's pads. Peca also fanned on a one-timer in the slot during a power play later in the period and in the third had a goal waved off after a quick whistle blew the play dead. Yeah, it was that kind of night.'
'"We sat here two days ago and were addressing discipline," Islanders captain Michael Peca said. "We're having a bit of adversity right now, and the games are getting tougher from here on out."'
'"We were very active," Biron said. "We played the body right off the bat. We came out ready to play."'