'"I guess we're going to find out how valuable Stu is," Miroslav Satan said. "There has to be some guy or guys to step up and try to fill the gap."'
Archives for March 18, 2002
The points were there for the grabbing. The Sabres just didn't want to have anything to do with them. That's the sad situation with the Buffalo Sabres. Two games in Florida this weekend netted the Sabres just one point in their desperate attempt to crawl out of the hole they've dug themselves this season and get back into the playoff race. The best the Sabres could do was to get a point out of Tampa Bay as they skated to a 2-all draw with the Lightning. The game was also a very costly one as the Sabres may have lost their captain for around two weeks.
'Ruff has stayed with the same 18 skaters for the past seven games. It's the longest he's gone with the same forwards and defensemen this season.'
'Sabres fans will have a better idea how management views the team's playoff chances in the coming hours. Trading veterans for draft picks would indicate an emphasis on the future, while acquiring contributors for the last 14 games would signal a desire to make a playoff run.'
'While Buffalo appeared content to dump the puck deep for the final 25 minutes, the Lightning became the aggressors, outshooting the Sabres 12-2 during that span.'
'A large crowd was waiting to get their hands on the Vincent Lecavalier bobblehead dolls and all 5,000 were handed out in 35 minutes. The dolls were running as high as $50 on eBay by the start of the second period.'
'The Sabres outplayed the Lightning in the second period, in which they held a 14-8 shot advantage and took a 2-1 lead on goals by Taylor Pyatt and James Patrick.'
'"Stu's not very good after that gutless act," Ruff said. "The kid was defenseless. He just drilled his head into the Plexiglass. … I thought the guy gave him an extra shot, and I thought the building showed a lot of class by putting it up on the jumbo screen."'
'Canadiens center Doug Gilmour, who played with Andreychuk on the Maple Leafs and Devils, recently called his friend to make his pitch.'
'"They're very hard to play against," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "They play desperate hockey."'