'Marcus Nilson of the Florida Panthers was suspended by the NHL on Saturday for slashing Eric Boulton of the Buffalo Sabres.'
Archives for March 16, 2002
'Summer isn't too far off for Western New York. And it might come even sooner for the Buffalo Sabres.'
'Smehlik's agent, Rich Winter, said on Friday his client won't re-sign with the Buffalo Sabres until the season is over – if at all. Smehlik, 31, is about to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, and he wants to dip his toe into the fair-market waters.'
'His superb play may have enhanced his chances of staying with the Sabres. He may also have raised his stock when it comes to interest from other teams as Tuesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline draws near.'
'The history of Buffalo goalies in South Florida is they either put up a wall or play like they ran into one.'
'The Panthers, whose 10 home wins are the fewest in the NHL, had never gone undefeated in anything more than a three-game homestand. But they finished a four-game set Friday by going 2-0-2.'
'The loss was costly for Buffalo in the standings. The Sabres had made up ground by winning four of the previous five, but now trail the New York Rangers by three points with a game in hand.'
'"You don't get down 3-0 and win a game, I don't care who you're against," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We tried to battle back but I thought their guy (Luongo) made some big saves and allowed us to stay down at the end."'
'While physical play was evident throughout, so was Florida's dominance.'