'Six consecutive goals. Two goals in a 24-second span late in the second period. Three goals on the first four shots in the third period. The Buffalo Sabres didn't score any of those.'
Archives for November 6, 2003
'Atlanta's Vyacheslav Kozlov, the one-time Sabre, was held without a point in the landslide. While he couldn't beat Buffalo's goaltenders, he did comment on the three-goalie situation the Sabres have with Martin Biron, Mika Noronen and Ryan Miller. "It's not a healthy situation when they got three goalies," he said. "They have to pick one and play him."'
'"In Marty's case, we're looking for him to be more consistent. In the past, he'd have one bad game in every five. We'd like to get that to one out of every 10."'
'The Thrashers came through with three consecutive goals by JP Vigier, Ivan Majesky and Randy Robitaille to give them momentum heading into the final period. The goals by Majesky and Robitaille were very soft goals given up by Marti Biron. The Sabre goalie looked stunned as the tying goal beat him high over the shoulder. Vigier and Majesky's goals came just 24 seconds apart.'
'Kruikov, the 15th overall pick in the 2000 NHL draft, has been in western New York since the summer. The Sabres decided they wanted him under contract after assessing his abilities in training camp, but negotiations between the Russian league and the IIHF apparently hit a roadblock. In order to join the Sabres organization, Kruikov, 21, needed his release from his team, Yaroslav, of the Russian League.'
'The Thrashers scored seven goals on 21 shots against Biron, who was pulled with 6:24 left in the game. They are 8-3 all-time against him.'
'"It was fun," Robitaille said.'
'Biron, 3-8-0 against the Thrashers, was pulled with just over six minutes remaining. “I feel like I blew it,'' he said. “It was 4-3 after two periods and I hadto give us a chance to come back. It's my responsibility.'''
'"I think we (stunk)," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff added. "Whatever they shot went in. We did not make a lot of mistakes, but when we did, Atlanta found the back of the net."'