'"With the way Mika has been playing, it's giving our team a lot of confidence. He isn't giving up any trash," Ruff said.'
Archives for December 30, 2003
'Hurricanes goalie Kevin Weekes was a brick wall in stopping 21 shots to improve to 12-12-6 on the season. Buffalo's Mika Noronen (8-9-1) was impressive as well, stopping 29 shots as the Sabres fell to 14-19-3-1.'
'The Canes were down 1-0 in the second period despite outshooting the Sabres when Jeff O'Neill took a harmless-looking shot on a line change. Sabres goalie Mika Noronen made the save, but the puck bounced so high in the air that Noronen did a full 360 spin looking for it. Francis jumped from the bench to the middle of the goal-mouth scramble and tapped the puck past Noronen for his sixth goal of the season.'
'Chris Drury returned to the Buffalo lineup after missing four games with a separated shoulder. … Weekes started his 16th straight game. … Jay McKee picked up his first point since last February on Brown's goal, a span of 29 games.'
'"We didn't get much going in the first 40 minutes," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "As a team, we had 12 shots after two periods. It just didn't seem like we had much gas. The only period we really got it going was in the third, and Weekes made some good saves."'
'Noronen stopped 29 of 31 shots but got little help from the offense as Buffalo could only muster 22 shots and went 0-5 on the power play.'