'“They way I look at it, the seventh and eighth teams in the conference will be three or four games over .500,'' Biron said after the Sabres improved to 22-25-5-1. “That's where we've got to get. We've got a lot of big games upcoming against conference teams and we're trying to get on a roll.'''
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'"As far as effort, it helps the team go a long way," Drury said. "We have been playing a little better lately and if we can stay consistent and get a roll going, I like our chances heading toward the playoffs."'
'Martin Biron took center stage on Friday night, making stellar saves all night long and keeping the New York Rangers at bay for a 3-1 win in Madison Square Garden. The Ales Kotalik streak continued as well, as the Sabres are now 11-1 when the forward scores a goal.'
'Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier suggested a club on a tight budget can't get into an arms race with the big boys. He said the Sabres are interested in improving their roster, but they can't feel pressured to do so based on the moves their closest competitors have made.'
'The Sabres are only 1-8-2-1 this season against Atlantic Division teams.'
'"You've got a state that is just pushing its citizens to the brink," said Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano, who has run for governor three times against Pataki. "We lowered ticket prices as a way of dealing with the economic environment. For us to lower prices and have the state come along and take it all back, what does that do to us as an organization, and what does it do to the fans?"'
'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.'
'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.'