'The Sabres, who were outshot 34-28, enjoyed a 5-2 lead entering the final 20 minutes but gave up two goals to Owen Nolan. Nolan's second goal was scored from behind the net, when he banked a shot off Buffalo goalie Martin Biron.'
Archives for March 16, 2004
'The stirring third-period rally last night, which was helped along when the Sabres scored twice on their own net, would not have been necessary if Kidd had provided better goaltending. Two of the Buffalo goals, and probably three if you are an unforgiving judge, should have been stopped.'
'“We're playing good, we just can't finish,'' Hecht said. “We can't afford to lose the points. We should be able to hang onto those points.'''
'“I thought what Nieuwendyk did is on the lines of a suspension,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “The guy has his helmet off and he fell on him and pounded his head into the ice. It was a gutless play on his part.'''
''"I don't want to be on the team that, when the season's over, is looking back and saying, 'What if'," said Sabres defenseman Jay McKee. "Just those two, those three games that we lost in overtime when we had the lead. I don't want to be one of those guys on those teams. You know, we've got ten games left. I like the way we've been playing."'
'Drury sustained the injury nine minutes into the first period when he was hit to the ice by Toronto's Joe Nieuwendyk after Nieuwendyk knocked down Buffalo forward Miroslav Satan during a scrum in front of the Toronto net.'
'Slowly but surely the recurring nightmare rang true again.'