We battled to the bitter end, Ruff said. We could have easily won the game. We skated better than they did in the third period, although they might have been just trying to preserve the one point, which was important to them. Sometimes you look over and they were not taking a lot of chances. They were maybe just trying to get it to overtime to get the extra point.
Archives for March 9, 2003
The Buffalo Sabres have no money, no owner and no chance at the playoffs. But they have pride.
'"His mental preparation is so advanced for a first-year player," said Americans coach Randy Cunneyworth. "He's very driven. I think that's the reason why he's successful — that's also the reason why he was recruited so heavily. It says a lot about his personality and gives you an indication of what's to come."'
'"It's been really hard this year," Noronen said. "It feels good to get the first win, but I still think it came too late."'
'The biggest problem with Hevesi's report is that it ignored one important concept: The main economic impact from a sports or cultural entity comes from the new spending it brings to a region.'
'Darcy Regier will remain the Sabres' general manager until further notice, but who's really in charge here? NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman raised doubts a few weeks ago, when he told Regier that trades should be approved by prospective owner Tom Golisano or his chief consultant, Larry Quinn.'
'It is not clear whether the agreement will be signed this week, and it remains doubtful that the deal will be finalized before Tuesday's NHL trading deadline.'
'The Panthers faced the team with the worst record in the NHL and a goaltender without a victory this season, and still they could not cure what ails them at home.'
'The outcome was much a foregone conclusion before the puck was dropped due to two factors: Goalie Roberto Luongo was given a rest and the game was being played at the Office Depot Center, where Panther wins have been about as rare as those proverbial snowballs in hell.'
'1. Mika Noronen, Sabres: Buffalo's goalie fended off 25 shots to earn his first win and first career shutout.'