We were not in the game at the beginning and it took us a while to get going, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. We pinched down both walls and played reckless hockey, which ended up creating a lot of chances and gave them a lot of problems in the third period.
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Peter Bondra added to the lead in the middle period for the Capitals, who nearly squandered the advantage in the final 20 minutes. Buffalo peppered Olaf Kolzig with 19 shots in the third period, scoring twice.
'But consider this: The acquisition of Klepis means the Sabres now have the rights to three of the first 20 players selected in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Not since the 1982 and 1983 seasons, when Scotty Bowman was the combo coach/GM, have the Sabres had those kinds of numbers. Two of those first rounders, Dave Andreychuk and Phil Housely, are still playing, and Tom Barrasso only recently retired.'
'"We're still working within the parameters of a budget. Certainly the league is overseeing our situation, but there are some opportunities to do some things."'
'J.P. Dumont was benched Sunday for the first time in three seasons. Rookie Ales Kotalik sat Monday for the first time since becoming a regular.'
' C Stu Barnes played his 800th career game on Monday.'
'That $65 million in annual economic impact is not considered an outlandish number. Labor and business officials had estimated that the hockey franchise has a local economic impact of between $65 million and $85 million per year.'
'Muckler said the deal has been about six weeks in the making and that he has been tracking Varada since he recovered from an ankle injury in mid-February.'
'For the Sabres, it was a great deal. They get a prospect and got rid of Varada's contract. He is making $1.3 million U.S. this year and has another year to go on his contract.'
'Klepis, 18, was the 16th overall pick by the Senators last June and has split this season between Slavia and Slavia Jr. of the Czech Elite League. He had 14 goals and 50 assists in 70 games last season for the junior Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League.'