'The third period is the time of the killer monkeys. It's the Sabres period this season. Last night was no exception. Buffalo controlled play early and gave Toronto no hope or life.'
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'Whatever the Maple Leafs find themselves in is hardly Belfour’s fault. Injuries and a collection of high-priced, past-its-prime talent hasn’t meshed this season. With the salary cap in place, Toronto can’t just go out and make a trade anymore. Meanwhile, the Sabres — homegrown, young and cheap — keep winning.'
'"It was sloppy game," co-captain Chris Drury said, "but it's better to win a sloppy game like that than to lose it."'
'He doesn't expect to miss any more games because of it. With the next game not until Tuesday in Atlanta, the Sabres decided rest was the best option Thursday.'
Leafs sliced, diced by Sabres (Toronto Star)
Colaiacovo can’t remember hit (Toronto Star)
What does it take to fire a Leaf? (Toronto Star)
More misery for Leafs (Toronto Sun)
Sabres dig deep for win (Toronto Sun)
Nolan optimistic about return (Toronto Sun)
Tucker ahead of schedule (Toronto Sun)
One of those nights for Leafs (Toronto Sun)
Sabres put Belfour to the sword (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Leafs singing out of tune in seventh consecutive loss (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Leafs’ downward spiral deepens (National Post)
Leafs losing streak is now 7 (CBC Sports)
Roller Coaster Ride For Leafs (MapleLeafs.com)
Photo Gallery (MapleLeafs.com)
‘But the best and most significant part of the evening for Ruff was watching his team fend off a desperate effort from the hometown Leafs in the second period and pot eight goals just 48 hours after losing leading scorer Tim Connolly for two months with a bad knee sprain. “We had so many guys step up,” Ruff said before boarding a bus last night. “We have some holes to fill.”‘
‘”I don’t think they are bad,” Vanek said of the Leafs. “We got a couple of quick goals and hurt them. Then we let them back in the game. But I still think come playoff time they will be battling for a spot.”‘
‘The Sabres have adjusted successfully, and the Leafs have not.’
‘”With his hockey smarts, his ability to read plays, to play both offence and defence, and hang onto pucks and bang and crash, he’s the type of player a lot of teams look for,” says Arniel. “He has a lot of drive. He’s a true professional who’s had a good upbringing and good coaching along the way. He’s really turned into a good pro. He’s a real character player. He was captain in Guelph and captain of the world junior team, and you don’t get handed that responsibility lightly.”‘
‘”We’ve been a good road team this year, and that leads to a lot of success, so it just shows we have a lot of character in this dressing room.”