'There is not enough accountability in the Sabres locker room. Stu Barnes is a good captain, but other than Barnes the leaders on this team are not the guys who are on the ice for the majority of the game. Too many of the players the Sabres rely on spend many an evening in cruise control.'
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'When the 5-1 domination was over, the feeling in the press box was that while Buffalo might not make the playoffs, its current three-game win streak, while outscoring the opposition 13-1, seems to indicate the Sabres aren't ready to pack in the season.'
'Tonight's matchup might make for an emotional return for Peca, but the Sabres are thinking far more about winning the game than sharing a poignant moment with their former captain.'
'But for the 187 children who comprise Hasek's Heroes, the hockey program Hasek conceived and funded with a $1 million donation, their devotion is pure.'
'"He's making it tough for our other defensemen to get back in the lineup," Ruff said.'
'The Sabres have won seven straight games over the Islanders.'
'There will be kibitzing with their old friend after the game, but for those 60 minutes, Peca is the enemy.'
'Peca is trying to downplay his first return to the city he called home since 1995.'
'"The time I played there I tried to do the best I can," Peca said. "I had a lot of support throughout my career there. The people there are very passionate. I know a lot of people are still disappointed the way things basically played out on the contract negotiation, so it'll be hard to tell."'
'Perhaps there will be some closure for both sides. Certainly, for Peca, there is no regret. "There's not one thing that I'd do any differently," he said.'