'Under NHL rules, he must be symptom free for seven days before he can return.'
Archives for April 2, 2002
The Buffalo Sabres are ready to face the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the playoffs. They just have to somehow sneak into the playoffs first. The Sabres made it a clean sweep of the Flyers this season as they beat the Flyers 3-1 Monday night in HSBC Arena. It was the second 3-1 win over Philadelphia in 3 days as the Sabres concluded their home-and-home mini series with Philly with a flourish.
'A sports industry analyst said that a sale could be impossible anytime soon, with an expected player strike looming over the NHL next season. "I don't know that the Sabres are salable at this point," said Marc Ganis of Sportscorp Ltd. in Chicago. "People are hunkering down for a long strike." In addition, the lease deal for the HSBC Arena effectively ties the team to Buffalo, he said, reducing its sale potential.'
'If they had been providing the commitment they have shown their last two games, they might not be on the outside of the playoff picture, looking in.'
'The absence of Warrener and Ray is what made this two-game set with the Flyers worthy of observation.'
'"I was stunned," Ray said of the verdict. "It's a joke. I thought it would be the two games. There's no justification for what I did compared to what other guys have done, guys who have gotten one game or two games."'
'"We had quality shots and [Martin] Biron came up big," Barber said of the Buffalo goalie's 34 saves. "Our guys worked hard tonight. We should have been rewarded."'
'"Our guys worked really hard tonight and should have been rewarded," he said. "It's one of those things when we don't score, and it kind of bites a little bit. But I was very pleased with our guys tonight. We did everything possible to try and win the game. When you outshoot a team, 2-to-1. . .with everything said and done, we can't ask for very much more out of our guys."'
'The Flyers squawked about the game's officiating (Buffalo had eight power plays, the Flyers three) but the bottom line was they couldn't get the job done.'
'"Well, they definitely had our number this year," said Chris Therien. "And we're not firing on all cylinders right now. But we did play better tonight."'