'"We know that we let ourselves down and a lot of people down early in the year. But in the last part of the season, we battled hard. Hopefully, it's a sign of things to come. Hopefully, it's a sign we're learning and next year will be a better year."'
Archives for April 11, 2002
'Blowing a pair of two-goal leads certainly doesn't hurt as much as it used to.'
'The Sabres are out, largely because Martin Biron has failed to live up to Hasek's play until just recently. "Last year was different, definitely," Buffalo right winger Miroslav Satan said. "It was playoffs. This year both teams didn't make it. I really don't know why we're not. There are probably a lot of reasons, but I can't answer them. I am just a player trying to help the team win."'
'"It was maybe a little bit of river hockey at times, up and down the ice, but that's what you might expect from two teams out of the playoffs. Still, I'm sure both teams wanted to win."'
'Still, the game was as entertaining as a meaningless contest could be – even if it wasn't exactly well-played. The clubs combined for a whopping 78 shots, as defense and hitting were tossed out the window.'
'Returning to the Amerks did not come as a surprise. Within an hour of Montreal's 4-3 win over Ottawa on Tuesday, which eliminated the Sabres from playoff contention, Noronen and Kotalik were summoned by Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff and general manager Darcy Regier.'
'A day after being eliminated from the playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday reassigned goaltender Mika Noronen and right wing Ales Kotalik to the AHL Rochester Americans.'
'How riveting was it? A television in the Buffalo TV booth crew was tuned to the Philadelphia-New Jersey game, not the one the crew was broadcasting.'
'A little less than a year ago, the Penguins and Sabres dueled in a fiercely contested second-round Stanley Cup playoff series that wasn't decided until overtime of Game 7. This year, neither team will participate in the postseason.'
'With the Sabres fresh off mathematical elimination from the playoffs and the Penguins long since resigned to such a fate, this was hockey's equivalent of a "no-hitter."'