The attendance of 10,140 was just 24 more than the Sabres all-time low at HSBC Arena.
Archives for October 22, 2002
The Philadelphia Flyers continue to be haunted by Miroslav Satan and the Buffalo Sabres.
After eliminating the Flyers in the first round of the 2000-01 playoffs, Buffalo swept the four-game series last season, outscoring Philadelphia 11-4. Satan netted six goals, including two game-winners, and assisted on two others to lead the way for the Sabres.
A little over a week ago, I opened the newspaper to see the Sabres sitting atop the Eastern Conference. Granted, they were only two games into the season, but seeing how they had played I thought maybe I could get used to this. Well, I should have clipped that out when I saw it. Elizabeth Abbarno writes…
'The Buffalo Sabres started the season like a runaway tractor-trailer. But over the past three games they've stalled out on the railroad tracks, and a freight train known as the Philadelphia Flyers is bolting their way.'
'Sabres doctors instructed Afinogenov last Thursday to take a full week off without exercise of any kind, much less skating. That decision will be revisited before Afinogenov will be cleared to practice with the team.'
' Including the playoffs, Buffalo is 8-2 in its last 10 games against the Flyers.'
'In both regular-season losses there last season, coach Bill Barber publicly ripped their work ethic. After a 2-1 setback on Oct. 10, 2001, Barber made the team skate nonstop for 36 minutes in Philadelphia the next day as punishment.'
'For the Flyers, right winger Radovan Somik (hip flexor) is out. For the Sabres, center Johan Hecht (knee) and right winger Maxim Afinogenov (concussion) are out.'
'"Their speed on the forecheck and their speed on the counterattack gives most teams trouble," he said. "But they gave this team a lot of trouble. "Their quickness, and their overall quickness with tenacity, was a real thorn for the Flyers. It seemed that every mistake that somebody made ended up in the net. I also think that Buffalo has a unique group, that they can get you sucked into that back-and-forth game. We don't want to play that game, especially in Buffalo."'