'The Sabres, like most opponents, had no answers for the Thornton-Knuble-Murray line, which dominated down low and combined for four goals. And Samsonov's remarkable return, skating with Stumpel and Marty McInnis, instantly gives the New Jersey coaches much more to worry about. But this team scored 245 goals – its most in seven years – and could be a playoff darkhorse if the team defense and goaltending is good enough.'
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