'Season Series: Bruins lead, 3-1.'
Archives for March 11, 2004
'"We played a depleted squad that has lost a lot of good personnel," Ruff said. "But I thought the way we played was important. We played a solid game."'
'"The pain is so high. I can't do anything. It's not getting better," he said. "I have to wait and see what happens. It could be a week, I could be done for the season. I don't know yet."'
'O'Connell said the Jillson deal actually began with San Jose wanting to get him back. But the Sharks changed plans after forward Marco Sturm was hurt, and focused on Buffalo center Curtis Brown. And Jillson ended up in Buffalo, set to face the Bruins tonight and again Saturday afternoon at the FleetCenter.'
'"I don't want to put pressure on Curtis, but I think he can help our team quite a bit,'' said forward Alyn McCauley, a Team Canada junior squad teammate of Brown's in 1994.'
'Wilson says he hopes Brown can spark Marleau, who has been scoreless and has a minus-5 rating since linemate Marco Sturm was injured three games ago. Primeau's presence on the line is no accident. He and Brown have remained friends since their years together in Buffalo, and Wilson is counting on Primeau, who came to the Sharks from Pittsburgh one year ago today, to help Brown's transition into the Sharks' system.'
'Buffalo led 2-0 early in the second period on goals from Dmitri Kalinin and Jochen Hecht, and the game was already out of reach. The Capitals do not have a single player with even 15 goals or 32 points — leaving it the most offensively strapped club in the NHL — while the defense is filled with journeymen.'
'Grier paid his first offensive dividend for Buffalo 5:24 into the second period feeding Chris Drury for a rush at the left post. The puck bounced off Kolzig and into the slot, from where Jochen Hecht tossed it in the net before the goalie could recover.'
'The thin crowd at MCI last night stood by their hockey club — or what's left of it. They applauded Kolzig's futile attempts to keep the score respectable and rooted for Rick Berry and Stephen Peat in their bouts with Brad Brown and Andrew Peters. They didn't even seem to mind when Grier bagged a goal and two assists, helping Buffalo pile it on in a 6-0 win. It was almost as if he were still a member of the Caps.'
'“It was a tough night. I'm glad it's over,'' Grier said. “Once you get out there and see the guys and the coaches on the bench, it's tough. I'm thankful that I got to start and get it over with.'''