'"I hope Buffalo never loses its team," said Boughner. "The Buffalo fans are super hockey fans and I enjoyed the time I played there."'
Archives for October 30, 2002
'However, the outcome should never have been in doubt because the undisciplined Sabres were so willing to serve up a Canucks triumph. No wonder they don't have an owner. The only thing missing in Buffalo's game plan was a serving platter. Yet, the Canucks could muster but 22 shots and surrendered the tying goal to rookie Ales Kotalik with less than three minutes remaining in regulation time.'
'It looked anything but easy, especially in the third period when the Sabres held a 9-2 edge in shots on goal.'
'They should consider themselves fortunate. The score flattered the Canucks, who despite being handed nine power-play opportunities by the Sabres couldn't generate anything offensively.'
'Finally, for what seems like the first time in 10 National Hockey League seasons, the once mystifying Chris Gratton is playing with enough certainty to become a leader of distinction.'
'Buffalo, the most penalized team in the NHL, continued to take a lot of penalties, but Vancouver also continued to struggle with the man advantage.'
'Recalled from the minors on Sunday, Kotalik swept the puck past goaltender Dan Cloutier from the bottom of the left faceoff circle to force overtime. Defenseman Jason Woolley's one-timer from the right side never reached the net and came to Kotalik, whose only other NHL goal came on March 19.'
'Rookie Ales Kotalik scored with 2:39 remaining in regulation Tuesday night and nearly won it in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres rallied for a 1-1 tie with the Vancouver Canucks, who have just one victory in their last eight games and continue to struggle on the power play and in the third period.'