'Record last 5: 4-1.'
Archives for January 3, 2004
'"To this point, we've had a decent year and most teams are ready for us," Ley cautioned. "They got off to a rough start there (one win in December before Christmas), but they have the talent there. It's one of those games we have to be prepared to play and somehow get this jinx or whatever it is off our backs."'
'Since the Buffalo lineup is filled with pint-sized players — the likes of Afinogenov, Chris Drury, Daniel Briere and J.P. Dumont — the focus is on speed, not aggression. The Leafs can likely use their significant size advantage to batter their diminutive opponents.'
'"We've had this in us the whole time, but this is finally back-to-back games where we got some goals," left wing Taylor Pyatt said.'
'"His success really revolved around their power play," Regier said of Delmore's potency in Nashville. "Sometimes some (players) fit, sometimes some don't. This one didn't. It really isn't anything more than a decision to go with younger players."'
'"It seemed to be one of those nights," Gerber said. "They got a couple of lucky goals, I thought. They just squeezed through somehow, hit the right spots."'
'Buffalo is 7-0-2 in its last nine against Anaheim, including a 5-2 win on Oct. 24.'
'“Some players fit on some teams and some don't, and here there wasn't a fit,'' Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. “We're all disappointed it hasn't worked out.'''
'"I think it's just never quitting and believing you can get it done," Brown said. "The last two games have been fun."'
'With the win Buffalo has now gone 4-1-1 in their last six games, with two wins in a row, after playing much of December without a win. The Sabres are now 16-19-3-1 and have 36 points. Buffalo is still in last place in the Northeast Division, eleventh in the conference, but are only five points behind Montreal for the final playoff spot.'