'Down 7-1 with almost 10 minutes left, the game disintegrated into brawling much like last Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Edmonton. The Thrashers and Sabres combined for 118 penalty minutes, including 10 fighting majors.'
Archives for February 16, 2004
'The Sabres have 21 goals in their last three games — the team's best stretch since scoring 24 in three games from Dec. 31, 1992 to Jan. 3, 1993. It's also the most in the NHL in a three-game stretch since Pittsburgh scored 21 from March 23-26, 1996.'
'"I think we've all seen that we've scored a lot of goals lately, and that hasn't been the case for a long time here," Satan said. "I think many players have confidence to make plays and shoot the puck and other players feed off that. And that raises the confidence in the dressing room."'
'Defenseman Doug Janik was recalled from the Rochester Americans to skate for the Sabres. He replaced Rory Fitzpatrick in the line-up. Fitzpatrick sat out with a broken nose suffered during a fight in Saturday's win at Toronto.'
'Head Coach Lindy Ruff has never won more than four games in a row during his tenure in Buffalo. The Sabres will hope to end Lindy Ruff's dubious streak on Wednesday when the Florida Panthers come to town for a 7pm face-off.'
'"We never quit," Briere said. "That's the most amazing thing. It would have been easy to say "The game's over.' I'm really proud of the guys in the room. They keep working hard."'
'The Sabres can get above .500 for the first time since Dec. 3.'
'As mid-February approaches, the Sabres are on the outside looking in, and barring an unforeseen upturn, that's where they'll be come April.'
'Player to watch: Sabres RW J.P. Dumont, a former teammate in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League of Thrashers Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre and Francis Lessard, had one goal and three assists in Saturday's 6-4 win over Toronto. The Sabres trailed 3-0 with less than three minutes left in the second period.'
'Working as a television analyst on Buffalo broadcasts while contemplating full-time retirement, Ray jokingly claimed playing hockey again "will be easier than trying to make the Sabres look good."'