'But there were so many ways the Sabres could have picked up enough points here and there to avoid an early offseason for an unprecedented third consecutive spring…'.
Archives for April 4, 2004
'He'll turn 41 in two months, might be facing surgery to replace two herniated discs in his neck and probably won't be the most attractive unrestricted free agent on the market given the probability of a lockout that threatens to wipe out the entire 2004-05 season.'
'The Sabres were in playoff mode for the final two months because they accomplished so little in the first three.'
'Both Dagenais goals were stoppable, but don't even think about pointing a purple forefinger at a goaltender when a team is being outshot 24-14 after two periods and 39-27 on the game. From start to finish, there wasn't a helping hand in sight for Noronen – and to his credit, he got his game in order after the Canadiens had taken a 4-1 lead fewer than four minutes into the second period.'
'At least the Habs showed signs of life last night against a Sabres team that clearly left its game in Buffalo. The Canadiens ended a five-game losing streak with a six-goal outburst that was marred in the late going when Sabres coach Lindy Ruff sent out the thug batallion to stir things up.'
'Souray, who is playing with an “upper body'' injury — a sore wrist or shoulder — blamed Sabres coach Lindy Ruff for sending out his tough guys in the third period. Andrew Peters tried to start a fight with Souray, but Stephane Quintal stepped in and they squared off. Quintal emerged with a welt on his left cheek. “That's so typical of (Ruff),'' Souray said. “That's the way he's always been as long as I can remember.'''
'"I really wanted to win this game, the last one of the regular season," Montreal coach Claude Julien added. "It was important to beat Buffalo and finish on a winning note. We broke that losing streak and now we have momentum."'
'The Canadiens jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on tallies by Pierre Dagenais in the first half of the opening period. Dagenais, who had been a healthy scratch for five of the last 10 games took a feed from Michael Ryder on the left side and from the slot sent one past Mika Noronen to open the scoring at the 5:12 mark. A similar play four minutes later would lead to Dagenais’ 17th of the campaign. In the slot once again, the 6-foot-5 winger grabbed the puck for his second multi-goal game.'