'The Sabres' power play has been well enough, all right. They scored three man-advantage goals during Friday night's entertaining 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators before a sellout crowd of 18,690 in HSBC Arena.'
Archives for January 10, 2004
'"I've got to battle my way up and show that I'm a better player than the fourth line," Kotalik said. "I'm always thinking of how to make myself better. I'm not seeing any progress in my play right now."'
'Only minutes after the Senators had erased a 2-0 Buffalo lead, Fitzpatrick scored the winner with Spezza in the penalty box for cross-checking at 17:13 of the third period to stretch Ottawa's winless streak (0-2-2) to four against the Sabres.'
'The first 1,000 people dressed as the "King of Rock and Roll" will be welcomed into the HSBC Arena free on Jan. 27 when the Sabres host the Habs.'
'“I was more excited than nervous, but I was still nervous coming in,” he said. “I haven’t played in five weeks and it kind of weighs on you. It’s been a tough couple months.”'
'“You never want to put your team behind with a penalty, but three is pretty extensive,'' said Fitzpatrick, who scored for the second time in four games. “But it was good to get that goal.'''
'"I think our power play the last couple of weeks has been going really well," Briere said. "It was just a matter of time just before we had that explosion. Right after Christmas, we had the big sit-down where we talked about the power play."'
'Since going winless in eight straight game in December, Buffalo has turned their season around to go 5-2-2. The Sabres are now 17-20-5-1 with 40 points. Buffalo now finds itself right back in the hunt for the playoffs, trailing the New York Islanders for the final spot by only three points.'