The Sabres have been suffering from inconsistent goaltending ever since Dominik Hasek departed for fertile lands west of Buffalo. Matin Biron was penciled in as the "heir apparent" but has never lived up to expectations. He has had flashes of greatness, but never has been consistent to the degree where the Sabres can depend on him.
Archives for November 8, 2003
'"It's easier when you've got lots of shots," Noronen said. "You don't have to think about anything else. You just have to stand out there and try to block the net and make the save."'
'"It's always a treat to come back here," he said. "The fans really have been great to me over the years."'
'The Sabres have won six of their past seven games in Montreal.'
'The Sabres still have to find a cure for poor midweek attendance. The announced attendance for Wednesday's game against an exciting Atlanta Thrashers team was 10,584, although the local media estimated the turnout at about 8,000.'
'There's nothing wrong with the Canadiens that a few goals won't cure.'
'Montreal maintained its dominance of the Sabres in the third period, but was still unable to beat Noronen.'
'In a game that was dominated early on by Montreal, the Sabres goalie was huge in keeping the Sabres alive. The Sabres defense gave the puck away on numerous occassions, causing Noranen to be very busy throughout the night.'
'“I just try to go out there and perform well when I get the chance,'' said Noronen, who was making his fourth start of the season. “I got some good bounces and they hit a couple of posts. When you play well you need some luck, too.'''
Daniel Briere and Ales Kotalik scored second-period goals and Mika Noronen came within 6 1/2 minutes of his second shutout of the season as the Buffalo Sabres held on for a 2-1 victory over the slumping Canadiens.'