'Noronen started the year as the Sabres' backup and went 0-6-1 with a 3.54 goals-against average. In 19 games with Rochester, Noronen was 5-9-5 with a 2.82 goals-against average.'
Archives for February 22, 2003
The Buffalo Sabres still haven't found an identity this year. This past week epitomized the entire season in a nutshell. The Sabres split their four this past week and once again could not get any momentum going. Friday night, they lost to the Los Angeles Kings 4-1.
'The night was roughest for Miller, and the agony didn't end after the final horn. The rookie was demoted to the minors. He declined to comment as he left the arena.'
'"If this is going to be the end, it's a crappy way to go out," Ray said. "It's not so much (his) lack of playing. It's the losing. They don't care if we win or lose as long as they see the effort. I still remember the year we had me, Barney, May, Boughner. We didn't win a lot, but the people loved us."'
'About 50 of Miller's friends and family members came to see his first game in Buffalo since Feb. 3, 1999, when he was with Colorado. His brother, Terry, grabbed 45 seats near the penalty boxes.'
'Palffy scored both his goals, the Kings' first and last, unassisted. The first "deflated them big-time," Smolinski said of the Sabres.'
'Much to Coach Andy Murray's dismay, the Kings lead the NHL in bench-minor penalties for too many players on the ice, a dubious distinction they enhanced with two more infractions Thursday night.'
'"Our first real bad play was Dmitri's bonehead play through the middle of the ice," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "That really killed us and then that real bad goal goes in, and it sucked the wind out of us for a while."'
'"It's like seeing part of your childhood slip away," said Miller, who watched Kings assistant John Van Boxmeer play for the Sabres from 1979 to 1983. "It's tough to watch their guys late in the game with nothing to play for. Somebody has to save this team."'
'Eric Boulton scored for Buffalo, which lost to the Kings at home for the first time since March 15, 1993, breaking a seven-game unbeaten streak.'