'The players are saying the right things. Now they have to put some action behind those words.'
Archives for December 19, 2002
'One month ago, the Buffalo Sabres would have lost.'
'Dumont played one of his best games of the season, collecting three points on a goal and two assists.'
For the fourth straight game, the Bruins played poorly in all three zones, often making mistakes that even the talent-challenged Sabres – tied for last yesterday in the overall league standings – turned into sparkling scoring chances. By the end of the night, Gratton, one of the games mediocre and overpaid talents, looked like a dominating All-Star.
'In what might be their worst loss of the season – they can only hope – the Bruins last night were beaten by the Buffalo Sabres, who went into the game tied for the fewest points in the National Hockey League.'
'"We're just letting up," said Bruin captain Joe Thornton (two assists). "We're letting teams dictate the way we're playing. That's why we're losing." Buffalo did plenty of dictating after scoring twice on its first three shots of the game.'
'“We played a real aggressive game,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We came with a game plan that we were going to pour it on, we were going to pinch. We worked on transition. We had two or three breakaways tonight, we had two or three 2-on-1s. That's the transition we've been trying to help create and I think it paid off.'''
'Martin Biron made 14 of his 27 saves in the period to help Buffalo defeat Boston for just the second time in the last nine meetings (2-6-1).'
'Chris Gratton matched his best game in the NHL with a goal and three assists and J.P. Dumont collected a power-play goal and two assists Wednesday night as the Buffalo Sabres handed the Bruins their season-high fourth straight loss, 4-2.'