If you look at the first two periods, we traded chances with them, Ruff said. In the third period, we played a solid period.
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We had three real good chances on our power play and just could not put it away, Ruff said. A couple of goalposts and Miroslav Satan missed a couple of good opportunities.
Regier is really under the gun these days, taking shots from all sides as the NHL trade deadline zipped by with only four Sabres traded, with Vaclav Varada going to Ottawa several days ago.
'"We didn't get offers that we felt would address our needs or make our hockey club better," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said.'
'The Sabres were willing to trade the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gratton, wonderfully skilled and dominant when willing, for a 5-10, 178-pound Daniel Briere in a swap of centers and draft picks. Briere plays bigger than Gratton around the net. He's stronger mentally. He's also more consistent and cheaper and, at 25, two years younger.'
'"I'm not looking at is as a bad thing or a downgrade by leaving Phoenix and going to Buffalo," Briere said Tuesday afternoon before leaving Arizona. "I look at it as something fun."'
Carolina has won three straight.
'"I've been through a lot of things, but I've never been this nervous," Ray said. "I really am, just getting here and not knowing how I'm going to be accepted. So let's just get the first one out of the way and keep going."'
'Botterill rejoined the Sabres late Tuesday afternoon and will give them the NHL standard 18 skaters for tonight’s home game with the Carolina Hurricanes.'