'When it comes to his goalies, Regier says Mika Noronen and Martin Biron are both more mature. He also said that Ryan Miller has not pouted at all and performed very well in Rochester. Miller has posted a 1.36 goals against average with a .953 save percentage with the Amerks.'
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'“You look at it now and you're staring at a year that is probably going to be a washout,'' coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday.'
'"You can't score two goals in two games and win hockey games," Ruff said. "We can talk about chances all night, but you get zero points in the standings for chances."'
'''We had three or four shifts we just utterly dominated, and I thought guys got hooked and held and no hands came off sticks,'' Ruff said.'
'Dudley's and Ruff's paths over the past 24 years wind about each other like the strands in DNA's double helix. They were teammates for a season and a half in Buffalo. Dudley was still coaching Buffalo when Ruff went through his last Sabres training camp as a player. Then Dudley coached Ruff with the International Hockey League's San Diego Gulls in 1992-93.'
'The Panthers also followed a road win with a home win for the first time since March 21 and 23, 2001, a span of 193 games.'
'"We were a really tight team … and it taught me how close a team could become," Dudley said. "That team was special. "If you ask any Sabres fan what team they remember, it'd be that one. Everybody felt like they knew you. It was an amazing time. It got to the point where it was crazy. Going grocery shopping, you'd cause a scene."'
'Turning point: While Biron's goal late in the first period gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead, consider any and all of Luongo's huge third-period saves as the difference because he continually saved the game as his tired teammates sat back and were under attack.'
'Asked if he'd talked to his brother about the play yet, Mathieu Biron, 23, said, "No, but I will. If I don't see him, I'll be sure to call him."'
'Dudley, who played and coached at Buffalo, worked his first game behind the bench against the Sabres Monday.'