'The shutout continued the trend of Buffalo failing to generate offense. Last season the Sabres placed 25th in the NHL with a mere 190 goals. Chris Drury, obtained from Calgary to spark the weak attack, failed to record a shot on net in the opener.'
Archives for October 10, 2003
'"Rob Ray Appreciation Day" is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 28, when the Sabres host the Minnesota Wild at HSBC Arena.'
'He looked sharp with 24 saves, including a few beauties. But the Flyers – in typical Ken Hitchcock coaching style – eventually caught up to Miller with a pair of third-period power plays to notch a 2-0 victory.'
'It's hard to blame Philadelphians for automatically assuming Delmore wouldn't play in their town. Delmore was frequently scratched – or sent down to the minors – during his four seasons in the Flyers organization. The team loved his scoring accumen but viewed him as a serious defensive liability.'
'Hackett only had to stop 17 Sabre shots, but he did register several strong saves when the game was still scoreless. He has 24 career shutouts.'
'If Joni Pitkanen's debut is any indication of where his career is headed, the Flyers are in for some exciting times.'
'"We've done this before, like the year we called ourselves 'Ontario's Other Team' that had 14 players from that area," Quinn said. "Buying a six-pack will get you the three Leafs games (Oct. 30, March 15 and April 2) before they sell out and even if you don't watch any Leafs, you're still getting a deal to watch six other teams you might not see in Toronto."'
'"I knew [Miller] was out of the crease and I thought I'd try it," Handzus said. "I was lucky. It went in."'
'"I don't think many teams in the league have guys like this," Recchi said. "It's rare to have a guy who can see the ice as well as that. He finds those seams, and eventually that's going to open things up out there. Joni is going to be able to control games at times. There will be nights he makes mistakes, but I think the positive is going to outweigh any negatives."'
'LeClair is trying to remain upbeat. "He's been through so much in the last three, four years," Recchi said. "Such a fluky thing to get hit with a puck in practice."'