The Buffalo Sabres may finally be breaking out of their long tradition of losing to the NHL worst teams. Last Friday, they blasted the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0 and Wednesday they throttled the Washington Capitals 5-2. Ten goals in two straight home games could be just what the doctor ordered.
Archives for November 27, 2003
'The goals gave him 19 in his career against Washington, the most he's scored against any team.'
'There's reason to wonder whether the NHL has any interest in reversing the course of a sport quickly moving toward soccer on skates. Fewer goals creates greater parity and the possibility of marginally talented teams (such as the '98 Caps and the '99 Sabres) making surprise runs to the Stanley Cup finals. Fewer goals also applies a drag to team payrolls since 15-goal scorers command smaller salaries than those who net 25.'
'"Our goalie gave up a soft goal and we don't bounce back well from those type of things," Cassidy said. "We lost Jagr and the goalie let one in he should have had, and that's been our story all year: We aren't resilient and we weren't tonight."'
'"We had a chance to convert on power plays and we didn't and then they got themselves back in the game," Cassidy said. "Our goalie wasn't very good tonight. He gave up a soft goal and we lost Jagr and we don't bounce back well from those things. That's been our story all year. We're not very resilient and we weren't tonight."'
'"I can't remember the last time I talked to them about anything, never mind Jags," said one source. "This is an old story. Must have been a slow news day in New York."'
'The Caps always have enjoyed playing here. After winning just seven games (with 28 losses and five ties) in 22 years at nearby Memorial Auditorium, Washington is 11-6-1 at HSBC. That includes a 3-0 mark during the 1998 Eastern Conference finals which culminated with Joe Juneau's overtime series-winner in Game 6 on June 4 that put the Caps into their only Stanley Cup finals.'
'“I've been waiting for this type of game,'' Satan said. “To tell you the truth, I didn't change much today from the usual things I do. Sometimes you have chances and they don't go in and sometimes you have two shots and get two goals. I'm glad that it's over.'''
'Jagr is day-to-day and his status for Friday's home game against Montreal is uncertain.'
'Buffalo improved to 3-0-1-1 in its last five home games and has scored 10 goals in its last two at the HSBC Arena.'