'Here is the CliffsNotes version: If the Sabres lose tonight or against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, the Sabres are out. If the Islanders win tonight or against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, the Sabres are out. If the Sabres and Islanders tie tonight, the Sabres are out.'
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'An extended campaign is the only way defensemen Alexei Zhitnik and Rory Fitzpatrick and wingers Ales Kotalik and Taylor Pyatt might be able to skate again before next season.'
'The Sabres have outscored the opposition, 13-3, in their past 11 first periods.'
'And Ruff knows exactly where to point the finger if the Isles beat them to the wire by a nose. "You win games you shouldn't have won and lose some that you should have had," he said. "But when it comes right down to it? It's that we didn't beat the Islanders all year."'
'But tonight, it will all end. The veteran linesman with the tough head and the big heart will work his final NHL regular-season game, the 2,500th game of a marvellous career that includes 406 NHL playoff games, 19 Stanley Cup finals, three NHL all-star games and the 1998 Olympic hockey tournament in Nagano. Fittingly, tonight's finale will pit the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Sabres in Buffalo, the city where Scapinello officiated his first NHL game on Oct. 17, 1971.'
'"[Buffalo head coach] Lindy Ruff and his staff are busy with getting the team to play a system and spend plenty of time watching video, scouting the opposition," Martin said. "There is a tremendous amount of preparation in coaching a team, and there is room for a guy like me to come in and work on a skill like shooting."'
'''I would say I've enjoyed myself far more than I thought I would,'' Golisano said. ''It doesn't mean we don't have some real challenges, and obviously financial are some of them. … But I think we've made dramatic improvements to this team.'''