'Without two of their top four scorers and a goaltender who was getting hot, the Sabres battled to the end with the surging New York Islanders, reaching a shootout for the second night in a row.'
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'"Mika's actually feeling better," Ruff said. "That's a real good sign. He might have scared himself more than the actual extent of the injury. I'm encouraged this could be a short-term thing. It could be days, maybe less than a week."'
'"I know what my situation is," Numminen said before Wednesday night's game with the New York Islanders in Nassau Coliseum. "I know what kind of problem I have, and I'm fine with it. I feel comfortable with the diagnosis I had with the doctors during training camp and years before. I felt that I know enough about my condition to know I'm safe to do what I do."'
'Kotalik, Thomas Vanek and Tim Connolly were Lindy Ruff’s choices for the shootout. Kotalik beat DiPietro with a backhander, top shelf, but Vanek was foiled by the Islanders netminder. Connolly clinched the victory when he double-deked DiPietro and snuck the puck between DiPietro’s skate and the right post.'
‘”They kept skating and it looked like we stopped,” Stirling said. “Buffalo is a better team than we are. They’re built for the new rules.”‘
‘This time, Martin Biron had some time to prepare for the shootout.’
‘”It’s a huge win for us,” Kotalik said. “It was a pretty tough game last night against a good team. We lost with a little bit of bad luck. Last game we played here we came back and we knew we could do it again.”‘
‘The Sabres battled back from a two-goal defecit during regulation as the Isles led 3-1 early in the second period. Jochen Hecht tipped in a Teppo Numminen slap shot from the point to close the gap to one just a minute after the Isles third goal. Ales Kotalik then tied the game with less than three minutes left in the game, muscling around Brent Sopel and putting the puck over the shoulder of Rick DiPietro.’
‘”you’ve got to win games on the road that no one expects you to win.”‘