'Lindy Ruff went with Mika Noronen in net for a second consecutive night. Noronen stopped 23 shots in the loss as the Sabres didn't offer too much on the offensive end. After mustering 17 shots in Friday night's win, Buffalo scratched out a whopping 16 shots in the shutout loss.'
Archives for November 9, 2003
'So the Canadiens were aggravated before the opening faceoff, and the Sabres grew increasingly irritated as the game wore on – and the officiating wore thin on coach Lindy Ruff. "I would describe that as a penalty-killing practice," said Ruff.'
'The Sabres went into Saturday night's game at Montreal ranked 14th in the NHL at 2.43 goals a game. Take away the Sabres' first two games of the season – shutout losses – and they were averaging 2.83 goals, a figure that would place them in the league's upper third.'
'The Canadiens were very good on a night the Sabres were horrible.'
'The Sabres guaranteed a fight by dressing Andrew Peters. He picked up his league-leading ninth fighting major when he tangled with Langdon in the third period. Langdon was game, but Peters used his size advantage to win the decision.'
'Buffalo had 39 minutes in penalties, allowing eight power plays, including five in the second period alone. “We just got into so much penalty trouble,'' defenseman James Patrick said. “We can't be taking four-minute (penalties) and (majors). We killed a double minor and came out of the box, and then took another one. That obviously ruined our momentum, and I think they outplayed us tonight. That's the difference.'''
'"Tonight was a like a playoff game. It was so intense," Theodore said. "The fans loved it. It was so much fun to play in a game like that. I sat back in my net and I saw all that phyisical stuff."'