‘The game had the makings of a laugher, but then the Penguins took advantage of some passive play in the third period, scoring twice to slash the lead to one goal and recreate a moment that could have doomed the Sabres.’
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'One decision that doesn't need to be made pertains to Miller's status within the organization. The choice of whom to trade revolves around Biron and the inexpensive Mika Noronen.'
'Buffalo should continue riding Biron for all he's worth, which happens to be a bargain at $2.12 million this season, and watch his stock skyrocket to heights previously unimagined. And while he leads them through this momentous first half of the season, they should be shopping him around the league. Sure, it sounds ridiculous now, but it will become an opportunity for the Sabres.'
'Hull retired earlier this season, and Roenick is nowhere near the player he was four years ago. Connolly has emerged as a surprise candidate for Team USA for the 2006 Olympics Games in Turin, Italy. The roster will be announced Monday. Connolly appears to be on the bubble, and that alone is an accomplishment. "He's proven himself," Stars winger Bill Guerin said. "I definitely think he belongs on that level."'
'Remember all the crabbing before the season began about "they have no superstars"? It turns out that being loaded with a bunch of very good players means that Buffalo is better off than if it had to depend upon superstars. If the opposition puts the handcuffs on a couple of the top offensive Sabres, three or four other guys at the same talent level may still win the game.'
Sabres sweep series as Penguins drop 4-3 decision (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
LeClair accepts Crosby promotion (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Lemieux stays in Pittsburgh after heart problem recurs Friday night (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Penguins drop second game under Therrien (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Mario experienced rapid heartbeat again (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Penguins Lemieux has re-occurrence of heart condition (Sportsticker)
Lemieux has recurrence of irregular heartbeat (The Sports Network)
Sabres survive furious Penguins comeback for 4-3 triumph (PittsburghPenguins.com)
‘With Pittsburgh goalie Jocelyn Thibault off for an extra attacker, Biron stopped Tomas Surovy from point-blank range with 29.6 seconds left. Surovy took a cross-ice feed from Ryan Whitney, and Biron smothered the puck at the goal line.’
‘”It was pretty easy for us off the start of the game,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “(Pittsburgh) had some guys who were playing pretty hard. They got us on our heels and they kept us there.”‘
‘Pittsburgh pulled its goaltender towards the end and Surovy had the puck right on the doorstep with an open net. However, Biron flopped his glove down to stop the shot and preserve the victory for Buffalo. “Every single play is always different,” said Biron. “The puck took a weird bounce out there and I just kind of threw my arm back. I was fortunate enough to make the save in front of the line this time.”‘
‘The Sabres almost blew a 4-1 lead with the Penguins crawling back in the third period to come within one goal, but Biron prevented the come back to go all the way.’