'"He jumped off the ice to hit me, and he extended his arms," Mironov said later at the Air Canada Center, referring to Mair. "At the last second, I saw him and I moved my head. If he hit me straight, he probably would have knocked me out and I spend the night in the hospital."'
Archives for December 14, 2003
'"It's like a bad dream," Ruff said. "You put a lot in a back-to-back game. You put a lot of energy into penalty killing in the first period, put a lot of energy into killing the five-on-three. In the third period, we took control of the game and two bizarre goals go in."'
'"For two years now, I thought I could make it. I've been on the bubble for two years. Now, finally, I get my chance. I have to make something with that chance."'
'"I'm angry that we put $1.7 million aside and we'll pay a big portion of that to the attorneys," said Dan DiPofi, the Sabres' chief operating officer. "Tom Golisano is angry about that, and (managing partner) Larry Quinn is angry about that. That was not their intention."'
'The recall is far from surprising. The Sabres are losing and can’t score, and the Amerks’ claiming of left winger Jason Dawe off waivers from the Houston Aeros on Friday was an indication a move was imminent.'
'"How Boris gets two games and that guy gets one is a mystery to me," Sather said. "Mair left his skates to try and cross-check Mironov in the head. They both went down, Mironov got up, and cross-checked Mair on the head. I'm not saying two wrongs make a right, I'm saying that if you're going to suspend anyone, make them equal suspensions."'
'Turning point: With 5 minutes to play in the third period and the Wild trailing 2-1, Buffalo goalie Mika Noronen played a puck headed wide of the net right to Laaksonen, who scored into an open net.'
'Two late miscues by Sabres goalie Mika Noronen spoon fed the Wild a 3-2 come-from-behind victory that left the sellout crowd of 18,568 rocking like it was May all over again.'
'They are in the middle of a tough stretch — five games in eight days — during a harsh December and January in which they are scheduled to play 33 games in 67 days.'
'“I saw it, but it hit the defenseman — either his stick or his leg — and changed directions,'' Noronen said. “I got a little piece of it, but not enough.'''