The Buffalo Sabres just couldn't get the puck past Chris Osgood. Ever since scoring 5 on him in Long Island a few weeks ago, Osgood has been a stonewall in front of the New York Islander cage, stopping almost everything thrown at him. That is what he did Wednesday night in Buffalo's HSBC Arena as the Sabres and Isles played to a 1-1 draw.
Archives for April 4, 2002
'Injuries and suspensions seem to be creeping up on the Buffalo Sabres as they continue their fight to make the playoffs. And they couldn't have come at a worse time.'
'"For the most part I thought it was a game we could have had."'
'They were at home. They had 35 shots on goal. They were 6:10 away from winning a season-high third straight game. But in the end, all they had to show for it was a 1-1 tie.'
'"Campbell's got a Grade Two (shoulder) separation, and Dumont's got a clavicle separation where it's going to be at least a week to two weeks."'
'The Islanders seemed to get more satisfaction out of hanging tough in a game that Buffalo, trying to avoid elimination from the playoff race, dominated through two periods. The Islanders outshot the Sabres in the third period, 9-4.'
'The tradeoffs for Shawn Bates were well worth it. A fat lip and a few stitches, even on your birthday, are always worth another big goal in the playoff drive.'
'But as the game went on, the Isles toughened up and once again proved that no lead is safe in the closing minutes of the game. They "weathered the storm," according to Parrish and Osgood, and were able to rain on the Sabres' parade.'
'The Islanders faced an injury-depleted Sabres lineup that did not have top-liners Stu Barnes (concussion) and J.P. Dumont (separated clavicle), but still put up a determined fight. The Islanders (86 points) wound up getting more out of the victory, however, because they eliminated the Sabres as a threat to them in the standings.'
'But don't expect there to be a call to fire Ruff, who is in the final year of his contract.'