'"We believe we can beat anybody right now," says captain Daniel Briere.'
Archives for February 15, 2004
It may be too soon to start calling them the Comeback Kids. However, the Buffalo Sabres have certainly become resilient recently, especially this past week when they made three straight comebacks in spectacular fashion.
'The Sabres now feel they have a real shot at making the playoffs. They sit just five points behind the eighth place New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference and six points behind Montreal, which lost to Ottawa 5-2 on Saturday.'
'"I really can't tell you what happened," Noronen said. "I was just trying to stop the puck." Buffalo defenseman Dmitri Kalinin was awarded the goal, but a scoring change was made about 10 minutes after the game. So Noronen, who stopped 17 of 18 shots, never heard his big moment announced in the arena.'
That is as bad a game as I have seen our defence play, Quinn said.
This one was far from a thing of beauty. In fact, Noronen could not even remember the blocker save that led to the goal.
Rory Fitzpatrick suffered a broken nose in a fight with Gary Roberts.
'But the problem last night wasn't so much Kidd, it was that Toronto gave up far too many easy shots in one of their worst defensive efforts of the season. The Leafs have made a dramatic improvement in their play away from the puck this season but, in this debacle, they were absolutely awful in that regard.'
'The Buffalo Sabres are to the Toronto Maple Leafs as Paris was to Achilles. That is to say, a pain in the a…nkle.'
'Before last night, Mika Noronen was best known outside the Buffalo city limits for a recent gag in The Hockey News that suggested he was separated at birth from Florence Henderson.'