'"It's unfortunate that we lost the game in overtime, but we still have to be happy with the point. We did not have the best legs tonight, but we kept battling through it and showed character," said Satan, who extended his points streak to five games with three goals and four assists over the span.'
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'"It gave me a lot of confidence that Lindy showed confidence in me to throw me out in that type of situation," Botterill said. "I was glad I could reward him, and hopefully that'll allow me to be in those types of situations in upcoming games."'
'You want to blame personnel director Don Luce? Go ahead. But nobody is more responsible for personnel than the general manager. The fact remains a good team was torn apart under Regier in less than three years.'
'The Islanders got a free goal at 1:21 of the second period. Sabres center Stu Barnes had pushed a shot wide of Snow and Buffalo defenseman Rhett Warrener controlled the puck in his zone. Warrener tried a cross-ice pass to Barnes at the Sabres' blue line, but Shawn Bates intercepted it. He took a stride, then fired a shot that went over Noronen's stick and in. It was Bates's 12th goal of the season and his third in three games.'
'"Huge. We needed to win this game," Blake said after reaching the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career. "Every team has a tough month on their schedule and for us it's March, by far. Things can change every day."'
'Buffalo knotted it with 4:53 left in the third on Miroslav Satan's drive from the right circle off a faceoff Curtis Brown won from Claude Lapointe deep in the Islanders' zone.'
'Last night was no little skirmish. The Sabres, well out of contention practically since November, as usual gave the Isles a tough game. And both teams failed to convert on several quality chances and several empty nets as the puck did a lot of dancing on the choppy Coliseum ice.'
'Blake's scored with 2:18 remaining in overtime, and Snow stopped 36 shots as the Islanders edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday night.'
'"This is one of the toughest parts of the season," Ruff said. "I thought we matched them and exceeded them energy-wise for a good period of the game. It was a good effort."'