'The Rangers' 52 shots, including 22 in the second period, were the most Biron had ever faced. It was the first time the Sabres had allowed at least 50 in five years.'
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'"A lot of friends, when I left Buffalo, told me they thought I was going to be done," Barnaby said. "They were being honest. Leaving Buffalo was probably the hardest move I ever had to make. I showed I could do things. Proving people wrong is one of the greatest things you can do in the world. When people think you're down and out and you come back, that's such a great feeling."'
'Sources have mentioned Donner as a candidate for the Sabres' presidency should Golisano purchase the team. Donner has worked in Buffalo and Rochester and understands both markets. He also helped sell hockey in Tampa Bay. His partner with the Amerks, Walter Turek, is considered one of Golisano's top advisers.'
'The Rangers are 1-7-2-0 in the back end of games played on consecutive nights this season.'
'The Rangers were careless with the puck and cavalier without it while falling behind 4-1 at the 1:15 mark of the second. They surrendered two short-handed goals, one on a Miroslav Satan penalty shot against a shaky Mike Dunham.'
'Playing the kind of careless game that got Bryan Trottier fired, the Rangers dealt their slim playoff hopes a major blow by losing to bankrupt and battered Buffalo, 5-4, last night at HSBC Arena.'
'"This was an important game in a lot of different aspects, and we pretty much blew it altogether,” defenseman Tom Poti said. "That's been the story all year long. We have to beat the teams below us, and we don't. That's why we're not in a playoff spot.”'
'The loss left the Rangers drifting six points out of a playoff spot, and was marked by poor playmaking decisions, giveaways all over the ice, missed coverage assignments around the net and terrible special-teams play. The Rangers couldn't do anything with six power plays other than give up one short-handed chance after another, two of which the speedy Sabres used to score goals.'
'Dunham, so sharp in the 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday, gave up four goals on 10 shots — the last a Miroslav Satan penalty shot — in the 5-4 loss to Buffalo last night and was pulled at 2:10 of the second period in favor of Blackburn.'
The Sabres, who snapped an eight-game winless streak, scored two short-handed goals, including one on a penalty shot. The Rangers (23-29-7-2) had a 52-32 shot advantage but went 0 for 6 on the power play as they saw their two-game winning streak end and fell six points out of the final playoff spot.