'Ruff blamed neither of his netminders for the loss — "they made some good saves or it might have been 10-1" — and said he had no plans to recall recently demoted third goalie Ryan Miller. "We're not going to do that right now unless Ryan can score and play either left or right defence, or left wing or centre or right wing," grunted Ruff.'
Archives for October 21, 2003
'The 2-for-8 power-play percentage would likely have been higher had the Canucks not twice sent out their fourth line of Brad May, Artem Chubarov and Jarkko Ruutu. Call it the mercy rule in not running up the score on the road-weary Sabres who were simply outclassed Monday.'
'King planted himself in front of the net and while being worked over by Sabres' defenceman Rory Fitzpatrick he managed to get his stick on Daniel Sedin's shot. The puck bounced to a pinching Salo who scored. It was one of those little things you hear coaches talk about so often.'
'"Rick Jeanneret is, in my opinion, the best in the game," said May. "He's such a wonderful guy and does such a good job. He's just a great guy to be linked with. I love it. I consider myself very, very lucky."'
'The Sabres' offense, aside from Miroslav Satan's power-play goal in the third period, was absent again. They took just three shots in the first period. Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier had to face only 18 shots all night.'
'"I don't really want to put a date on when I'm going to come back skating," Connolly said. "There's no telling when I'll be back, but hopefully soon."'
'It was entertaining, but only in a sadistic kind of way. Vancouver moved the puck so well that you'd think they had an extra guy on the ice all the time.'
'The Sabres embarrassed themselves. Like trees, they were 90 per cent air. Their slot coverage was terrible, their turnovers numerous and, but for Curtis Brown, their skill forwards were invisible. The Canucks made them disappear, outworking the Sabres and winning all races to the puck.'
'The Canucks toyed with the woefully inept Sabres for long periods in turning back Buffalo 6-1 in a National Hockey League game so one-sided that Vancouver often used its checkers on the power play.'
'“They did everything they wanted to do out there,'' Buffalo defenseman Jay McKee said. “They skated they passed, they shot, they played good defensively, We didn't control them anywhere. They battled harder than us and they definitely deserved the game more than us.'''