'That's the thinking of coach Lindy Ruff, whose team is on a recent roll thanks in part to the young triumvirate of Maxim Afinogenov, Derek Roy and Milan Bartovic. Ruff put the trio together after Bartovic was called up from Rochester of the AHL four games ago. Since then, Buffalo has won three of those contests, and finds itself six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as it gears up for a crucial home-and-home series this weekend with the New York Rangers.'
Archives for January 28, 2004
'The Sabres have been searching for a winning touch and appear to have found it in Ales Kotalik. Buffalo is now 10-1 in games that the forward scores, including a 4-1 victory at HSBC Arena against Montreal. Kotalik didn’t have the only outstanding performance in the game. Martin Biron had a solid game in goal, making several key acrobatic saves.'
'"The last four games is definitely a case of guys really laying it on the line," Biron said. "That's the desperation the guys are showing."'
'People are grateful Golisano rescued the franchise, but at some point they're going to want him to give this team another push with his wallet. The Sabres had everything snap into place Tuesday night. Martin Biron was sensational. Chris Drury, J.P. Dumont and Ales Kotalik all had two points. The Sabres have won three of their last four games, and you start wondering where they could go with a nudge from upstairs.'
'"We had chances in the third period, but we couldn't bury the puck," Mike Ribeiro said. "We had a power play early in the period and we couldn't score. We had the momentum, but they got a power play and scored."'
'A more attractive promotion is on tap Saturday when the Sabres meet the New York Rangers. The Peace Bridge duty-free shop is offering two tickets, a case of beer and a $5 gift certificate for $45 U.S.'
'“The turning point was Martin Biron making the big saves,'' Julien said. “If we score on those, it's a different story.'''
'"Marty was fabulous," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "He made three or four game-breaking saves that allowed us to go on and win that game. If we're going to get on a roll, we need a goaltender to win us games, and I thought he had a big part in the win tonight."'
'Montreal has now failed to win in Buffalo since Oct. 26, 2001.'