The Sabres are nowhere near as talented as the Senators; few teams are. However, few teams work as hard as the Sabres (6-5-1-0), which was why they left Ottawa with a point. That was not lost on the Senators (5-2-1-1).
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'For Buffalo Sabres fans, it might be the night, playing on a shredded knee, that he fell to the ice but while lying chest-down at the red line still managed to get a breakaway pass off to teammate Brad May. The play enabled May to break in and score the overtime goal that snapped a 10-year string of first-round disappointments and carried the Sabres past the Boston Bruins and into the second-round of the 1993 playoffs.'
'"A lot of guys had blocks tonight," Biron said. "I knew the guys were in the game, that they were focused and playing with some desperation. I had to match their desperation."'
'"Chris has really added a dimension to our team," Ruff said. "He's been a great two-way player for us. We've used him in all situations. But I think what he has brought other than that is good leadership, practice habits, work ethic in the weight room. His attitude has been really good."'
'Am I being unrealistic about the Sabres' good start? Only temporarily. The NHL schedule is not only long but cruel. Quicksand starts in October are a handicap only the best teams are able to shed. Buffalo discovered that the last two years. On the other hand, little is won in October, either.'
'Biron was named Defensive Player of the Week after standing on his cranium for the final three stages of the Sabres' six-game road trip. His stock is climbing. And that's why, when the decision comes, the Sabres should trade him.'
Thats not to take anything away from the Sabres, who were full value for their point last night.
What kind of Ottawa-Buffalo game is it when Chris Neil and Adam Mair dont get in a fight? A disappointing one, thats what kind of night it is.
Former Sabre Vaclav Varada was battling in front and had to endure a little poke from G Martin Biron.
‘This is the story of a hockey player and a kid. The hockey player was Pat LaFontaine, and he will never forget the kid named Robert Schwegler. LaFontaine will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, a tribute to 468 goals and 1,013 points in parts of 15 seasons in the NHL. He will think about Robert that night and the impact the 12-year-old and others like him had on his life.’