'"Patience is key," coach Pat Quinn said when asked if a roster upheaval was needed. "Panickers both on and off the ice never seem to come out on top."'
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'The joint always is lively whenever the Leafs come to town, but there seemed to be a slight increase in Toronto supporters in the building last night. Part of that can be attributed to the Sabres' recent marketing scheme aimed at attracting Canadian fans from the Niagara Peninsula.'
'"We're late to the puck, we don't keep it in (their zone), our forecheck is not strong and we don't cover well in our zone," coach Pat Quinn said in a blanket condemnation of what he had just witnessed. "These are miscues you don't expect from veterans. We have to get better. We're playing soft."'
'"It's inside my pads and the referee has no vision of it," Belfour said. "He's supposed to blow the whistle. That's the rule. It was a screw-up call by the referee and very disappointing."'
'The Leafs stopped hitting in the second period and instead reverted to their old habit of taking unnecessary penalties, giving the Sabres three power-play opportunities.'
'"This is the only time this place is electric," one press-box veteran said, as the crowd warmed up by alternately cheering and booing someone from Buffalo, advertised as the lead singer for some rock band, who butchered both national anthems. Memo to you, too, pal: Get some vocal lessons. And learn how to memorize lyrics.'
'“I think we're getting an idea of what we can be,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “The team has really played well offensively.'''
'"I like what I'm seeing now," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "I said I didn't really know what we were, but we're getting an idea of what we can be. Guys like playing with each other, guys have some chemistry now."'
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
'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.'