The Ottawa Senators hate to come to Buffalo. They have not won in HSBC Arena since December 30, 1998, and it took overtime for them to beat the Sabres. Tuesday night, they were completely dominated on the scoreboard as Buffalo beat them 5-1. Speak about getting your heads handed back to you, the Senators certainly have not found their Sabres hosts too friendly the last 3 years.
Archives for March 20, 2002
'Make no mistake about it, the Sabres have chosen to tread water for the next couple years. They know that they are not going to be Stanley Cup contenders until the economic structure of the league changes. The collective bargaining agreement expires after two more seasons. That labor war in 2004 will be ugly, but the Sabres know it's the only way they will be competitive.'
'Just when you're ready to declare the Sabres dead in the playoff chase, Buffalo does something to raise your hopes.'
'But Gratton had to deflect some of the credit, saying "Marty really won the game for us."'
'"We do have to look at the offseason," he said. "It wasn't going to happen at the trade deadline. There just weren't the opportunities. I didn't think the timing was very good."'
'The Sabres in other years might have felt insulted with Regier's inactivity, but instead there was a sense of appreciation for their general manager Tuesday.'
'Still, last night's win wouldn't have been possible without the play of Biron, who was outstanding while the Senators controlled play in the first period. "If we're going to win, we're going to need fabulous goaltending, and we got that (last night)," Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said.'
'Assuming the Rochester Americans maintain their playoff position and advance to the postseason, goalie Mika Noronen and defenseman Brian Campbell will be on their roster.'
'"It sounds weird, but this was probably one of our better games in here," said captain Daniel Alfredsson, who scored Ottawa's lone goal, his 35th of the season. "We created a lot of chances offensively, but (Buffalo goalie Martin) Biron played really well. Overall, I thought we had a pretty solid game."'
'Career statistics for Bob Corkum, who was traded from the Atlanta Thrashers to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2002 fifth-round draft pick…'