'Sabres defenseman Rhett Warrener has an inner-ear imbalance, not a concussion as originally believed, and might be available for Buffalo's game against Toronto on Saturday.'
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'"You can say that on paper but that game was still there for the taking," Patrick said. "Their top two lines have $9 million players. We got guys from Rochester on the other end of the scale in the hockey world. I'm not sure that inexperience is the reason we lost tonight. It makes us the underdog but we can still be competitive. We weren't hungry enough."'
'"It's so unfair to try and speculate about people's futures and to think that whatever we say means something either positive or negative in that regard," Quinn said. "Darcy has done a very good job, and he's a very good guy. I think he's being criticized unfairly by a lot of people."'
'One reason the Rangers are close to setting a franchise record by missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season is their combined 8-8-1 record against Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Carolina, Atlanta and Columbus, including a 4-0-0 record against Carolina. That lowly quintet all entered last night's play tied for an NHL-low 60 points. The Rangers finished this season 1-2-1 against Buffalo.'
'Buffalo is tied with Pittsburgh, Carolina and Columbus for the fewest points in the N.H.L. with 60. But the Sabres had not lost to the Rangers this season, winning twice and tying once.'
'Since losing on Saturday afternoon, the Rangers and Mike Dunham have registered consecutive shutouts to keep some heat on the Islanders. Last night's victory moved the Blueshirts within four points of the eighth-place Islanders, who will make up one of the two games they have in hand tonight in Montreal. The Rangers, 7-3-2-1 in their last 13, have seven games remaining, their next in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.'
'Following up Monday night's rousing rivalry triumph over the Islanders, the Rangers kept their focus and hammered the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0, at the Garden.'
'The intensity level barely wavered between last night's date with the bottom-feeding Sabres and Monday's rivalry victory against the Islanders. The patience level did not change much, either between the two games, both of which were scoreless after 20 minutes.'
'As a result, they moved to within four points of the Islanders, who hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Rangers have 72 points with seven games remaining as they head into a game in Philadelphia on Saturday. They are all huge games at this point, and the Rangers, so disappointing in a 3-1 loss to the Devils on Saturday, have responded to the pressure by playing their best hockey of the year.'
'Sabres attorney William Thomas, appearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday, said B. Thomas Golisano has notified only one company Sky King, the team's air charter service that its contract would be rejected once he takes control of the franchise. Sky King has two years left on its deal.'