'"Jay McKee," raved appreciative Buffalo boss Lindy Ruff, "set the tone for the game when he levelled Iginla. I had a long conversation with Jay this morning about the game he needs to play. He came out and set the tone and his penalty-killing was excellent."'
Archives for October 19, 2003
'The Flames were presented a golden opportunity to get on the board five minutes into the second period when Sabres centre Adam Mair was assessed a slashing major and game misconduct for a robust axe-like chop on Calgary defenceman Denis Gauthier's arm. The Flames' power play, however, could muster little in the way of sustained pressure and produced nothing more than a measly two shots.'
'Buffalo's penalty killing was stellar holding the Flames down for over 11 minutes of power play time.'
'"We really played a solid game," said Ruff. "We really won a lot of offensive battles and played good defensively."'
'Fitzpatrick is now 28, faster than ever and among the most improved players in the league over the past two years. His play last season contributed to the Sabres trading Rhett Warrener in the deal that landed them Chris Drury. Fitzpatrick was making $70,000 two years ago with the Amerks, but he'll pocket $375,000 this year on a one-way contract with the Sabres. Yeah, you could say it paid off.'
The chorus of boos began again midway through the third period and reached a peak at the games conclusion.
We were not prepared. And it showed in all areas of our game. It was not just on the giveaway and it was not just on the last-second goal (of the second period). It was on competing for pucks and competing one-on-one and creating opportunities.
I know they give their guys a chance, Pittis said. So that is a reason why I signed back. I am an injury away.
Turning point: D Robyn Regehrs late penalty in the second period awoke RW Miroslav Satan from his 39-minute slumber. With an extra attacker, Satan got two blistering shots away on the delay before play was called and Regehr was sent to the sin bin. Moments later, with Regehr in the box, Satan scored on the power play.
'Mika Noronen had a perfect start to his season.'