'"Even at 4-1 we knew the game was far from over," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. "In certain buildings, and against certain teams, you need to get through pieces of the game and find a way to win it. I was so impressed."'
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'You have to admit, a victory earned over the standard 60-minute course should be valued higher than a victory earned by quick and gimmicky means. Give me three points for a regulation victory and I can live with the shootout.'
'"To be honest with you, I never thought at the beginning of my career in Buffalo I would actually achieve 500 goals," said Turgeon, who admitted to a simpler goal. "Just to survive. You're first overall with Buffalo, and there's a lot of pressure and expectations, too. . . . I was very young and I could barely speak English, but they were very nice, nice people. You look back now, 18 years later, and it's amazing how fast things go. My first couple years were very, very enjoyable with Buffalo."'
'"It's been nice," Drury said about his team's start. "Not a lot of people picked us to do much. But we have a good road record and things have been working so far. This was a big two points for us tonight to be able to get. When they came back and tied it, it was getting tough for us but we regrouped."'
‘”It just tells you about the quality of guys we got, and that there is no quit in us,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.’
‘”We’re surprising a lot of people, which is good,” said Sabres captain Chris Drury, who scored an empty-net goal against his former team with 3.5 seconds remaining. “But then again, you’re not going to go into a building and catch anyone sleeping. Everyone is going to be ready for us.”‘
‘However, with the game tied at 4-4, Roy gathered a rebound and pumped a backhand shot that squirted between Budaj’s pads to give the Sabres a 5-4 lead with 2:27 remaining in the game. “I was just glad to be put out on the power play,” Roy said. “We did not get many of those chances tonight. (Pominville) took a shot from the point. I just tried to put in the five hole.”‘
‘Connolly now leads the team in points.’
‘”We went into a defensive shell in the second period and didn’t play the way we wanted to.”‘