'Buffalo owns the NHL's worst record (8-21-5-1).'
Archives for December 29, 2002
'"I haven't been in this situation before," Ruff said after the Sabres' 4-3 loss. "There's frustrated players and frustrated coaches.'
'We offer New Year's resolutions for the Sabres. Here's hoping they work out better than most.'
'The dollar total of the aid requested is less than was given to the Buffalo Bills, and if not granted, the Sabres most likely will depart and the community will be left with a facility that will be a mostly unused empty shell. That would make no economic sense and would be a major setback to community pride.'
'The Wild improved to 14-0-1 when leading after two periods and earned its first victory against the Sabres in three tries. More important, it didn't suffer a letdown when all the trappings were in place.'
'Turning point – Marian Gaborik tied the score at 1-1 only 27 seconds after Buffalo scored in the first period. But the biggest boost came on Filip Kuba's power-play goal in the second period. It ended a long drought and the Wild never trailed after that.'
'Like their 2-2 tie at Chicago on Thursday, the Wild found themselves in a wide-open affair where scoring chances materialized as fast and treacherous as black ice.'
'“Every game's the same,'' Sabres forward Stu Barnes said. “It's a one-goal game, but we're on the wrong end of it.'''
'"If you're struggling, you work harder, you try harder," said Barnes, Buffalo's captain. "If you've missed the net, hit the net. It's pretty basic, it's not rocket science. But the flip side of that is not to come and mope every day and believe all is lost and we might as well give up now because this is over with. We're not going to do that because that is not an option."'