'The big topic at Wednesday practice was the proposed rule changes by the NHL's general managers. Lindy Ruff and Miroslav Satan both like the rule giving goaltenders a two minute penalty for going behind the net. Both feel it will lead to more forechecking which leads to more scoring opportunities. Defenseman Alexei Zhitnik isn't as enthusiastic. He claims forwards will be in on the "D" quickly causing more violent collisions into the wall and more injuries. Mika Noronen says he'd miss handling the puck, but he'd live with it.'
Archives for February 11, 2004
'…an HSBC Arena record-low crowd of 9,381 (the crowd looked closer to 4,000).'
'There were a number of things that were worth cheering about from the Sabres' fan perspective. For one, the Sabres played an aggressive, defensively consistent game that dictated the pace of the contest. Not only that, but Daniel Briere, the former Phoenix Coyote, scored both Buffalo goals and nearly notched a third.'
'When the teams took the ice for warm-ups the number of fans was in the low hundreds.'
'In the next nine days Buffalo hosts Los Angeles Friday, travels to Northeast Division-leading Toronto Saturday, then returns home for three more against Atlanta, Florida and John Tortorella’s Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning Feb. 20. At the end of that run, we should have a pretty good idea about the Sabres’ playoff chances.'
'“We had lack of intensity in most areas,'' Wilson said. “And it really shows when your power play goes out there and doesn't dig in when you have opportunities to take over a game. It just wasn't good. What are you going to say?'"'
'“The puck is not even close to my face,'' said Ekman, who had a puffy red bump above his right eye. “The game was over and he sticks my face. I got so frustrated. I just had to do something back. I can't accept that somebody hits me right over the eye on both sides. It's dangerous. You can't do that."'
'1. Daniel Briere: Buffalo captain scored both of his team's goals.'
'"We were fine for the first 10-15 minutes then got a little bit away from our game,'' coach Ron Wilson said. "Mentally we made a lot of mistakes, more mistakes than we've made in a long time.'''
'"When the game is over and somebody does something like that I can't just let him skate away,'' Ekman said. "There are far too many eye injuries. It's unacceptable.'''