'It looked anything but easy, especially in the third period when the Sabres held a 9-2 edge in shots on goal.'
Archives for October 2002
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'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.'
'"It's amazing," said Dorian Andrewes, the Sabres Canadian sales and marketing manager. "In spite of all the blue jackets — that's what we call the empty seats — we're making more money this year than we were last year."'
Both Maxim Afinogenov and the Buffalo Sabres suffered yet another setback on Monday as a result of more headaches for Afinogenov. The right winger has suffered for nearly two months as a result of a puck hitting his forehead in Russia, and it could very well be another two months before he plays.
'The Sabres have won only once in their past six games. They totaled just five goals in their past three outings.'
'"The fans don't question the coaching, management or the players," Ray continued. "They're more or less saying why should they come out and support something they feel has screwed them over? They were promised a lot of things for the town itself, not just hockey, but things like jobs and the price of cable. They're more or less saying: 'Hey, it's not you guys but if we support the team, it's going to look like we're overlooking everything else.'"'