'The Sabres' next 10 games will be against Eastern Conference rivals.'
Archives for February 14, 2004
'They turned the momentum in rare fashion, capturing the lead with 10 shots over the final 7:50 of the second period. They scored three goals in less than three minutes before the intermission and clearly had Cechmanek rattled.'
'"They've been good about it. They've been awesome," he said of the Sabres. "I approached them a few weeks ago when I might've had the opportunity and started talking about it. They said, "Go, it's a good opportunity. Go do it. Whatever we do here will be here when you get back.' I'm thankful to them for being so good to me."'
'The Kings' problems were almost too numerous to chronicle: Turnovers, shaky goaltending and lack of offense after Ian Laperriere's rebound goal provided a 3-1 lead at 12:04 of the second period.'
'The rest was just piling on by a team that embarrassed the Kings 5-1 on Oct. 23 at Staples Center. Against replacement goaltender Huet, Jochen Hecht scored at 8:37. Maxim Afinogenov added the final two goals.'
'Bill Miller, father of Kings injured defenseman Aaron Miller and long-time youth hockey coach in Buffalo, was honored after the first period by the Sabres. Aaron Miller was schedule to present the award to his father but has been sidelined since Dec. 10 with nerve damage in his neck and and did not make the Kings trip.'
Am I excited? (Muckler) told me I did not have to be there until Monday and I told him I would come in today. This is all about winning. You play this game because you want to win a Stanley Cup and I am excited. It is a great atmosphere up there and those are great people.
'“For whatever reason, we stopped playing,'' said Ian Laperriere, who scored once for the Kings. “I can't ever recall a game like that.'''
'"The Tallinder goal really turned the momentum of the game," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "After that, we sensed a little blood and we really took advantage of that."'
'The game also marked the first time that Buffalo has reached eight goals in a game since they defeated Atlanta on November 8th, 2001 in an 8-0 rout.'