'"Every game right now we have to play like a playoff game," Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder said. "Every game. Now."'
Archives for January 16, 2004
'They found themselves repeatedly bumped, dropped, tripped or shoved by the Boston defenders and were unable to consistently create real scoring chances in the Bruins' zone. Add Potvin, who quickly swept up any loose pucks in his zone, and scoring was impossible.'
Funny how the game works sometimes, Botterill told The Sun from Buffalo. I was up at the start of the year and, to be honest, had good feedback from the coaches, and personally thought I played fairly well. But I just could not buy a bounce.
'"I thought we played a pretty good game," said Sullivan. "We had a good first period. We started to control territory and our second period as well. In the third period, we didn't pursue it maybe quite as much as we wanted to or as much as we did in the first two periods, anyway. But I thought our team, for the most part, did a pretty good job defending down the stretch."'
'Last night, the Bruins did a solid job in the early going of stifling a Sabres team that had scored 12 goals over its previous three games, including three at the FleetCenter in a 4-3 B's win on Monday. As the game wore on, the Bruins' scoring chances got better and better until they finally beat goalie Mika Noronen at 15:27 of the second period.'
'Two words spring to mind when considering the Boston Bruins' 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres last night. Effective and efficient.'
'“It may have been different if we were able to get that first goal,'' Buffalo center Curtis Brown said. “We had our chances, but we weren't able to capitalize on them.'''
'"We didn't make enough plays," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, whose team scored 12 goals in its previous three games. "We didn't make enugh plays. We had opportunities. We had near-misses. It's not that we didn't have enough chances, but we just didn't make enough plays."'
'The loss hurts Buffalo's dwindling hopes to make up ground in the playoff race, and the road only gets harder in the coming weeks. The Sabres play six of their next seven games on the road and all will have playoff implications on the line. Buffalo plays at the New York Islanders and Rangers, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, and Carolina in the next two weeks. The outcomes of these games may determine if the Sabres have a shot to recover ground and make the final playoff spot.'
'Potvin also made back-to-back saves on Jochen Hecht and J.P. Dumont with five minutes left to preserve the shutout. After that, the Bruins defense did a good job of preventing the Sabres from getting solid chances down the stretch, winning several key faceoffs.'