'Playing their best hockey of the season, the Sabres chased Hasek after two periods in his eagerly anticipated return to HSBC Arena and ended his personal 15-unbeaten streak and the Detroit Red Wings' eight-game road winning streak with a 5-1 victory.'
Archives for March 10, 2002
'The Buffalo Sabres don't know if Dominik Hasek will play this afternoon, and they don't care.'
'"But it's still something that's very serious, and he's got to be sure at every point along this therapy that, No. 1, Slava is healed and we're not putting him in jeopardy."'
'The Sabres have won three games in a row only once this season.'
'The Sabres are nowhere near Cup contenders, and there is no reason for Regier to make a bogus move for the sake of cosmetics. Regier knows this more than anyone.'
'"I don't see why [Hasek] wouldn't get cheered," Robitaille said. "He carried that team for so long."'
'"I don't want to say disappointed, maybe a little bit," said Hasek, when asked how he would feel if he didn't start today. "Who knows when the next game for me in Buffalo will be."'
'Not only do the Sabres have nothing special planned for Hasek, easily the greatest player in franchise history, but most observers think the six-time Vezina and two-time Hart Trophy winner will receive a chorus of boos.'
'"We've had a roller-coaster of a season, Sabres defenseman Jay McKee said. "But we've still got something to prove here that we can do well, make the playoffs and go on without Dominik."'
'Although Kozlov has been cleared to walk on his own, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday that it will be about a month before he will be able to skate.'