'"Sometimes you need something to whip you around and get you going," said Biron. "We realize the situation maybe a little more, or maybe it's just timing. But you can see it in the guys' eyes they mean business."'
Archives for March 11, 2002
'The harsh reality of this team is the fact that it isn't a championship calibre team, at least not this season. They have a lot of good, young talent. But they are at least a year or two away from seriously contending for the Stanley Cup again.'
'"It was nice to see us get a good jump on him," Buffalo enforcer Rob Ray said. "We know what kind of guy he is, that he would get a little rattled because he'd feel so much pressure. That was the whole idea, to go out and get one early and try to take advantage."'
'"Maybe I am selfish," he said. "I let other people feel what I am. I know what I am. If I'm selfish, if this is selfish, if they think I'm selfish, then maybe I am selfish."'
'First, the Sabres' power play – long maligned, and rightfully so – put up enough goals to win the game. Second, Buffalo's penalty kill shut down the best power play in the NHL.'
'In his defense, he didn't have much help as his high-flying teammates, who came to town riding an eight-game winning streak, played one of their worst games of the year.'
'"We were due for one of these games," coach Scotty Bowman said.'
'The print media didn't make the game. Beat writers from the Free Press, Detroit News and Booth Newspapers were on Northwest Flight 5633 from Detroit to Buffalo, which attempted to land twice in high winds Sunday, then turned back.'
'Pulled 40 minutes into a 5-1 loss to the Sabres, Hasek spent the final period alone in the Red Wings' dressing room riding an exercise bike.'
'The Wings were diverted to Cleveland and spent the evening at an airport hotel. They left Cleveland on Sunday morning and were able to land in Buffalo, finally arriving at HSBC Arena at 1 p.m.'