It was once again a battle of the goalies. When Martin Biron and Byron Dafoe faceoff against each other, you can be assured of some mighty fine goaltending. That held true to form once again in Buffalo's HSBC Arena Thursday night as Dafoe outdueled Biron as the Boston Bruins inched past the Buffalo Sabres 2-1.
Archives for March 22, 2002
'But the reality of the 2001-2002 Sabres is that they’re a very young team with a young goaltender that has some talent, and not just a few shortcomings, but an overall positive prognosis for the patient. That’s patient, as in, being able to wait for a positive result even if it takes a little time patient.'
'Most galling was Buffalo's lack of offense. The Sabres were outshot, 23-10, in the first two periods and went more than eight minutes in the second period without a shot.'
'Before 17,362 witnesses in HSBC Arena, the Sabres basically stood around for two periods, and it cost them dearly.'
'He's making $1.375 million this season and has $1.425 million guaranteed for next season. Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier attempted to peddle Woolley before the trade deadline but found no takers.'
'Earlier in the period, Bonvie hooked up in a battle with longtime Sabres pugilist Rob Ray. The battle ended when Bonvie's sweater crept up over his head, rendering him unable to continue the punchfest. Ray showed incredible restraint and mercy, opting not to continue the fight, simply raising his right arm, as if to say, ''Win by TKO.'' Who says the age of chivalry is dead?'
'Scrub those plans that had the Bruins working newcomers Jeff Norton and Sean Brown slowly into the lineup. An ailing Sean O'Donnell, hindered by a troublesome back, forced coach Robbie Ftorek to suit up both new blue liners in last night's 2-1 victory over the Sabres.'
'In an uneven and sometimes sluggish outing, the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, at HSBC Arena on goals from Sergei Samsonov (No. 26) and Nick Boynton (4) and another solid effort from goaltender Byron Dafoe, who went from a relatively inactive first two periods to making 16 saves in the third. Dafoe finished with 25 saves as the B's were outshot, 16-4, in the third period.'
'The Sabres held a Travis Roy Night at HSBC Arena. Roy, the former Boston University hockey player paralyzed in his first college game in 1995, was in attendance as a silent auction was held during the game. All proceeds went to the Travis Roy Foundation for Spinal Cord Research.'
'"It doesn't matter if we go out and prove in the third period that we can play. By that time, it's too late," Rhett Warrener said. "We're cutting our own throats."'