'"They played pretty tough defense," Sabres center Chris Taylor said. "Their forwards backcheck pretty well. We didn't do a lot down low, but we got some good goals from some key guys."'
Archives for January 4, 2004
'The edict from upstairs was to make the playoffs. Ruff is 32-16 in the postseason, best in team history, but it means zilch unless he makes it. We'll see what happens in the next four weeks while the Sabres play 16 straight games against Eastern Conference foes.'
'"We have too many players. We had to make a decision," Ruff said in the Air Canada Centre prior to the game with the Toronto Maple Leafs. "In the short term, it didn't work. I don't regret it. I think other guys have played better. I don't think we could support some of his play when he wasn't going good, so the other guys had to play."'
'"I'm not appreciating every moment of the goal but every single minute I've been in the National Hockey League," he said last week. "I've never taken it for granted. It's just been an unbelievable experience for me. There aren't words to explain how happy I am to be here, let alone score that goal. I'm still speechless."'
'His lunch-bucket coaching and playing style has taken him a long way – some say too long. All told, he's a hard-working family man who is friendly,quick-witted and poignant. You might even say the same things about Buffalo.'
The latest benefactors of Leafs lethargy were the Buffalo Sabres, who put three goals in 15 minutes past the defensively inept club last night before another late rally salvaged a 3-3 tie.
Biron saw no reason to blame Roberts any more than any of the other net-crashers in the league. In fact, he said that while Roberts is pretty good at it, Todd Bertuzzi and Zdeno Chara give him more trouble.
Owen Nolan was being examined by a specialist at Toronto Western Hospital last night for possible eye damage after getting high-sticked on his first shift. Nolan went down to the ice kicking in pain and was helped off the ice after Buffalo Sabres defenceman Jay McKee accidentally lifted his blade into the Leaf forward\’s face after the two had been fighting for a puck.
After allowing an uncharacteristic 80 shot total in two games against Florida and Boston, the Maple Leafs outshot the Buffalo Sabres 37-16 last night.
Buffalo Sabres bopper Andrew Peters concedes that everyone likes a tough guy. But they love a tough guy who can score. That is why the rookie winger gives his first National Hockey League goal on New Years Eve far more significance than his team-leading 82 penalty minutes.