'For as long as Connolly wears a Buffalo sweater he will be linked with Peca – though their abilities couldn't be more dissimilar. Connolly is on pace to have his worst season as a pro, while ESPN's Al Morganti is projecting Peca as this season's MVP.'
Archives for February 9, 2003
' The Sabres don't need taxpayer money. They need a strong foundation, someone they can build around. Maybe it's Golisano. Maybe it's Hamister. Maybe it's someone else. This could work if people simply ditched their egos and political motives and moved in the same direction.'
'As sure as we are 400 miles away from the Big Apple, a super stadium will be built, probably in Manhattan. It will cost gazillions more than the $20 or $30 million it would cost to keep the Sabres here. What do you think the odds are on New York State saying "no" to New York City as it did to Buffalo?'
'It's unlikely that Golisano, if he makes a formal bid, will get the money-losing Sabres for $35 million. But there's a good chance that the winning bidder will come away with the Sabres for less than the $68 million in revenues the team generated last year. And that's what a buyer's market will do.'
'With his team trailing, 1-0, and having been outplayed for much of tonight's game against the struggling Buffalo Sabres, Islanders Coach Peter Laviolette had a simple message during the second intermission: victory would be the only acceptable result. The Islanders (25-22-5-2) responded by scoring three goals in the third period to rally for a 3-1 victory over the Sabres (15-27-7-4) at Nassau Coliseum.'
'It marked the fifth time this season (5-15-2-1) the Isles couldn't be stopped when trailing after two periods.'
'They wore their Department of Corrections orange jerseys last night and for the first 30 minutes the Islanders played with as much passion as you'll see in a chain gang picking up trash on the side of the road. Still, the Islanders managed to turn it on against an equally fatigued team after playing a night earlier, getting even in the third both on the scoreboard and in the street justice department en route to a 3-1 win over the Sabres at the Coliseum.'
'Had it been any other team, the Islanders might have been buried. But they were playing the Sabres, the most helpless team in the NHL, and Garth Snow stood up strong early and the skaters in front of him woke up late.'
'The Sabres had a power-play goal disallowed at 1:58 of the second period when video review found Taylor Pyatt batted the puck past Snow with a high stick. The Islanders had a power play chance halfway through the period, and even though they didn't score, they had six shots at Miller. According to Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff, that changed momentum.'
'"We had numerous opportunities, especially early, to get the jump on them. We needed one more goal early to put more presure on them," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "Our power play is looking sharper and hopefully, that will translate into goals."'