'The Sabres are 4-5-2 on the second night of back-to-back games.'
Archives for January 31, 2004
'"It was big for us," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "You can't really celebrate too much. We've got them right back in our building, and we lost a couple players. I thought the effort we got without Hecht and Bartovic was maybe second to none this year."'
'The Rangers trailed, 2-1, after two periods, and the crowd at the Garden alternated boos aimed at the players with chants of "Fire Sather!"'
'Unable to exert their will when that was the only way to break through, the Rangers fell to the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, for their sixth loss in seven games.'
'Glen Sather's Blueshirts continue to insult the paying customers.'
'Mike Dunham returned after a week-long absence because of a concussion and made 33 saves, allowing only power-play goals to Daniel Briere in the first and Chris Drury in the second. Ales Kotalik scored into an empty net at the end. Both advantages were created by irresponsible plays.'
'"They were coming hard to the net — that's the way you score goals," said Dunham, who made 32 saves after missing the last three starts because of a concussion. "I don't think we hammered their goaltender at all tonight," Sather said. "They did it three or four times."'
'Biron was terrific against the Rangers, and made the save of the game late in the third period with his team clinging to a 2-1 lead and the Rangers charging his net. Jamie Lundmark took his own rebound and put a shot at the left side of the net, which Biron had left open after making the tough initial save on Lundmark. Somehow, Biron got his left arm across his body in time to stretch out and grab Lundmark's shot out of the air at the goal line.'
'Chris Drury had given the Sabres a two-goal lead 45 seconds earlier with their second power-play goal. The Rangers had actually killed off a 41 seconds off a 5-on-3 after they were called for too many men at 15:52 and Rucinsky was penalized for boarding Andy Delmore at 17:11. But Daniel Briere found Drury open in the slot from the left side.'
'"We were looking for players that are going to make a difference here. We believe Chris is that," Buffalo General Manager Darcy Regier said when he signed Drury to a contract that will pay him $3.45 million this season. "When you get the type of player Chris is, you want to make a commitment and you believe you can create a strong winning environment."'