Tonight’s contest will mark Buffalo’s 131st game against Toronto … The Sabres are 67-46-17 against the Maple Leafs and Buffalo is 3-5-2 against the Maple Leafs in the last 10 meetings but is 7-1-2 in the last 10 contests at HSBC Arena
Archives for October 30, 2003
'Boulton, who led Buffalo with 178 penalty minutes last season, has been out since breaking his left thumb in a fight during a training camp scrimmage last month.'
'"He's been a gamer," Ruff said, "in every sense of the word."'
'"I thought his puck support was poor in the games he played. That all leads to negative shifts. We know he's got some tools, and we've got to get back and get him working."'
'Rory Fitzpatrick leads the team with a plus-4 rating.'
'"I still think of myself as a young player, but I have been around the block a little bit and hopefully I can pass along some of that knowledge to the younger guys," Drury said. "I can't imagine what it was like last year (when the Sabres were engulfed in financial woes before being bought by Tom Golisano). Everyone is pretty charged up now."'
'Coach Pat Quinn, who is aware of the team's dismal 2-12-3 record at the HSBC Arena, has tried everything short of voodoo to change his team's fortunes.'
''"I heard some of the guys talking about (past problems in Buffalo) but I don't get caught up in past history. This is a different team," he said. "I don't think that stuff should be in our heads."'
'Shift after shift of hustle. Shift after shift of efficiency. Shift after shift of non-descript yet oh-so-solid play.'
'“The road trip takes a little bit out of you,” McKee said. “I know guys were a little bit winded tonight. “(We’re not) gonna sit here making excuses for ourselves,” he said.'