'"We deserved to win, we know that," Mark Recchi said. "We played a heck of a game. Obviously we've got to get pucks up and we're getting close. They probably had 12 shots five on five (21 for the game) and they had the flukey power-play goal . . .that's probably the only opportunity they had."'
Archives for January 8, 2004
'A first-round draft pick by Buffalo in the 2002 NHL draft, Paille has yet to sign a contract with the Sabres. If he fails to do so by June 1 he will go back into the draft, but he says he’s not overly concerned about it right now. “I spoke to some members of the Buffalo organization in Finland, but other than that I haven’t really had much contact with anyone except to get tickets to some games,’’ said Paille.
'The crowd of 12,241 wasn't nearly the smallest of the season, but there was zero energy. The only thing worse than upset fans are apathetic ones.'
'Opposing players detest his arrogance, but most teams would love to have him. He's one of the NHL's last true characters, in the same league with Brett Hull when running his mouth. And he's no phony. Earlier this year, he accused coach Ken Hitchcock of being "a control freak," grounds for a good scolding in these parts. At the same time, he has embraced Hitchcock's demands to play both ends of the rink.'
'Norman A. Wullen, whose keyboard playing delighted Buffalo audiences for more than 70 years, died Wednesday (Jan. 7, 2004) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda. He would have been 100 years old next month. Wullen, best-known to younger listeners as the original organist for the Buffalo Sabres…'.
'Biron withstood constant barrages. In one sequence in overtime, winger Simon Gagne shot back-to-back follow-ups by center Mike Comrie, who took four shots in the game.'
'While holding Buffalo to 21 shots, the Flyers put 45 on Martin Biron, but were unable to score a game-winner. Keeping with the theme of the game, the Flyers outshot Buffalo, 5-1, in the 5-minute overtime but Biron got all of them, including a three-shot barrage – one from Simon Gagne, two from Mike Comrie.'
'Nonetheless, a Sabres team that played the night before in Montreal and was held up in customs afterward was booed into its locker room for the first intermission. Not that anyone noticed — the HSBC Arena looked more than half empty despite an announced crowd of 12,241.'
'“Marty has had a pretty good stretch of games together for us, which is what we needed,'' Sabres' coach Lindy Ruff said.'
'"We dominated the hockey game, for sure," Flyers center Jeremy Roenick said. "We came up with just a point again. … It could've been 6-1 as well as 1-1."'