Lindy Ruff feels like he has been raked over the coals this year. Maybe with the help of a player named Satan, the beleaguered Sabres coach could possibly salvage the season and his job. The Sabres beat the New York Rangers 4-1, winning their second straight game. However, Ruff is not anywhere out of the woods yet.
Archives for December 7, 2002
A friend of “The Instigator” insists that if sports wagering were legal in New York State, picking the opponent in the second Buffalo Sabres game in back-to-back nights is as automatic as the add-on sale attempt at Mr. Oil Change.
'C Michael Nylander has seven goals and 12 assists in his past nine games.'
'The result gave the Sabres consecutive victories for the first time since starting the season 2-0.'
'It is believed that Hamister discussed a scenario in which the governments would contribute as much as $35 million, primarily in renegotiated loans and leases, that would allow the new owners to take over the team with dramatically reduced expenses and debt, sources said.'
'The second period certainly didn't feature Rangers hockey at its finest.'
'Miroslav Satan scored the first of his three goals with 21.4 seconds left in the first period on a two-man advantage for the Sabres. Buffalo had just 2 victories in its previous 18 games (2-12-3-1) and had not won a game in its last 11 games on the road (0-8-2-1).'
'One night after standing up to one of the beasts of the East, the Rangers fell flat against one of the leasts.'
'The hit drew no retaliation from the Rangers, who largely didn't see it, but the video indicated there was nothing dirty about it, other than it being a dirty shame for a team as thin on the wing as the tissues with which they will now have to dry their tears.'
'Brown definitely tried to interfere with Bure, who was pursuing the puck below the goal line in the Sabres' zone when Brown impeded him and their knees collided, but Trottier would not come out and say he thought the hit was dirty.'