'Defenseman Dmitri Kalinin missed practice after being hit by a puck in the ankle on Wednesday against Detroit. Lindy Ruff said Kalinin is doubtful for Friday against the Rangers.'
Archives for December 11, 2003
'''Some nights, you don't care if you're going to score only one goal if you don't give up any,'' said Briere, who is tied with J.P. Dumont for the team lead in goals with 10. ''We just have to find a way to win games, there's no other way around it. We have to tighten up defensively because we're having a tough time scoring goals.'''
'In a victory that players and coaches said was as satisfying as any they've had all season, considering the circumstances, the Wings showed much resolve Wednesday in routing the Buffalo Sabres 7-2 at HSBC Arena. "I told the players, just walk out of here after the game and be proud of your performance," Wings coach Dave Lewis said. "It was a big win for us. I really enjoyed the game."'
‘Joseph, assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday after clearing waivers, was playing cards in the back of the bus Tuesday on the way to Cleveland when Wings associate coach Barry Smith called. Dominik Hasek (groin) and Manny Legace (knee) couldn’t play, forcing an emergency recall. When he arrived in Cleveland, Joseph and rookie Jiri Hudler loaded their bags in the back seat of a rented Cavalier and drove three hours to Buffalo. “That was the last car they had,” Joseph said.’
“If you look at the game it was 2-1 with 11 or 12 minutes left in the third, and then we completely implode. I think the frustrating part is we are a lot better defensively than that, to leave guys wide open in our own zone. I know we are pressing to try and score goals. The mistakes we are making are huge mistakes. We allowed Detroit to run away with the game.”
'"I can't explain what the hell happened."'
'"I'll come back to practice tomorrow and see what happens. If I'm still around, (I'll) work hard, get a start, go from there. Thanks," he said with a quivering voice before walking away.'
'OK, now what? Tom Askey?'
'Daniel Briere scored for the Sabres early. But Pavel Datsyuk and Kirk Maltby responded later in the first period, and the Wings broke open the game in the third. Datsyuk scored again. Kris Draper followed. Hudler got his first NHL goal. It was 5-1. Buffalo's Jochen Hecht scored after that, but Mathieu Schneider and Boyd Devereaux tacked on two more for the Wings, who are 6-1-1 in their past eight games.'
'Jason Woolley played at HSBC Arena for the first time since his bitter split with the Sabres in November of 2002 and said, "I'd be lying if I wasn't saying I was checking when we were coming into Buffalo." But he had faced his old team before, Feb. 13 at Joe Louis Arena. He got into a war of words with Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff and scored a goal in a 4-2 Detroit victory. "I said what I wanted to say last year, and that's enough for me," Woolley said.'