Afinogenovs first goal of the season came in his 13th game. He returned on Jan. 24 after missing the first 46 games with post-concussion syndrome.
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Buffalo has won just three of its last 13 games overall.
'"He has to be willing to engage physically in today's game," Ruff said. "His play will get a lot better when he gets the confidence to put himself in those situations where he's going to get hit, get leaned on."'
'"In my mind," Noronen said, "I was planning to be here the whole year and really challenge Marty to take that No. 1 spot. But it never really happened. Right now I have 11/2 months to prove something for myself that I can do it here."'
'Winger Ales Kotalik was a minus-3 on Friday but still leads Buffalo with a plus-4 rating.'
'Well, there's interest in Satan and Zhitnik, and teams would entertain the price tag for Chris Gratton. The Flyers want Satan or Zhitnik or both and have high draft picks and prospects available for departure. Satan might already be gone if he had an agent who could help broker a deal. Gratton's size and skill are seductive, and he has shown up for the Sabres in the playoffs. Curtis Brown is more valuable to a playoff team than he has been for his current one.'
'Tampa Bay is 0-5-2 in seven meetings since Feb. 1, 2001.'