'"We knew we could take advantage of some of their defensemen," Briere said. "We just had to be patient. We knew the chances would be there."'
Archives for November 2003
'Defenseman Andy Delmore has been looking forward to tonight's game since the NHL schedules were released over the summer. Nashville traded Delmore for Buffalo's 2004 third-round draft pick. "You circle the date you play every (former) team," Delmore said. "It's the first time going back there, and that's the game you remember the most. You just want to go out there and beat your friends and just show everybody what they're missing."'
'This story should've been about Stephen Weiss' first two-goal game, Valeri Bure's coldly deceptive assist on Weiss' second goal and Juraj Kolnik getting a deserved goal for a line that has been playing very well. Instead, it's about a team that cracked with the major fault line being the defense pair of Mathieu Biron and Andreas Lilja. They were on the ice for Buffalo's three even-strength goals.'
'The Panthers crashed and burned Friday evening in this old, gray city. They fell apart, collapsed, broke down … call it what you will. But don't forget to call it disconcerting and embarrassing.'
'Three busloads of family and friends of rookie center Nathan Horton attended Friday's game. It's approximately an hour to Buffalo from Horton's hometown of Dunnville, N.Y.'
'"We just stopped playing hockey and sat back too much," left winger Marcus Nilson said. "You can't get a lead and stop playing; it doesn't work that way."'
'“I thought we came out and looked like turkeys,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “I thought we regrouped and found a way to win it.'''
'"To be honest with you, I think I was just feeding off of the crowd," Briere said. "They were screaming, they were loud and when I got the puck I was saying to myself, 'I got to take this shot, I can't pass. If it goes in, the crowd will go nuts.' I think the crowd had a big say on that third goal."'
'Daniel Briere led the way for the Sabres in an amazing third period comeback to beat the the Florida Panthers 4-3 at HSBC Arena. Briere netted two goals in the third period to lead Buffalo to victory. Buffalo was the lucky recipient of yet another third period meltdown by the Panthers who, for the second straight game, blew a third period lead.'
'"We want teams to come in here and recognize how hard we play here and how bad we want to win at home. We don't want to be an easy game and make it easy for a team to get off the plane, come in here, win a game and leave."'