When Patrick first joined the NHL, the game was more open than it is today. Video pre-scouting of games was non-existant and as a result, teams tended to trade scoring chances. Often, a failed scoring chance at one end would turn into an excellent opportunity at the other. Now? Instead of asking players to speed the game up, the mantra is to slow it down.’
Archives for November 14, 2003
'Ruff didn't rule out a scratch, but treaded lightly about it. "That is a very serious step when you got a player making the kind of money he's making," Ruff said.'
'"I'm glad he's not (playing), to tell you the truth," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "Obviously, with him hurt it's to our advantage."'
'The Penguins have allowed 21 goals in their past three games.'
'Sabres: Are 3-3 at HSBC Arena. … Have gone 7-1-1 when scoring first goal of game, 0-7 when allowing it.'
'When second-year forward Ales Kotalik scores, the Sabres win. He has two game-winners and five goals total, all in wins.'
'Cunneyworth believes that, despite a need to improve his consistency and positioning in the defensive zone, Roy can be a quality NHL player who will excite the Sabres fans at HSBC Arena. "A lot of good things seem to occur when he's out there on the ice," Cunneyworth said. "He's near the puck at all times and just makes things happen."'