'Rochester Americans General Manager Jody Gage announced today that center Jiri Novotny has returned from the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.'
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‘These Sabres have a prime opportunity to leave their own mark and, with only Chris Drury headed for Turin, they should be well-rested for the most promising stretch run of the millennium. The prospect is just one more reason to look forward to the Olympics ending.’
'"It is such a huge thing to represent your country with all the other athletes that are there," said Numminen, a native of Tampere, Finland, now in his first season with the Sabres. "The older you get, the older being in the Olympics doesn't get. I know that time is running out on my career. You don't get that many chances in a hockey career to go to the Olympics. As I've gotten older, I appreciate the opportunity to go even more. I know that I was only 19 when I got my first chance to go. You appreciate it. But maybe not as much when you were 19."'
‘”He’s a heart-and-soul player,” Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere said. “He’s the type of guy you want on your side because he’s probably the hardest worker on our team and he’s going to be the same way over there.”‘
‘IIHF.com: Buffalo’s been one of the surprise success stories in the new NHL. How do you explain it?
Chris Drury: Simply put, I think we’ve just been working a little better than we were two years ago. We’ve paid more attention to detail, and we’ve been doing the little things that add up to a lot of big things, and winning some games.’
'"It's north and south pole," Ruff said of shootouts. "When you win you feel great, but when you lose it, it's like you've lost 10 games in a row."'
'All four Sabres heading to Turin today can be described as underdogs. That's because none of them play for Canada or the Czech Republic, the clear favorites to mine gold Feb. 26.'
‘Eric Staal scored in the sixth round of the shootout after goaltender Martin Gerber stopped Buffalo’s Jason Pominville, helping the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Sabres 4-3 Sunday.’
‘Matt Cullen opened the scoring in the second round of the shootout after he beat Miller stick side, but Buffalo tied the contest after Maxim Afinogenov snaked a backhand through Gerber’s five hole. Roy gave the Sabres the lead in the fifth round after his backhander beat Gerber top shelf, but Williams followed by beating Miller top shelf off the post to force a sixth round. Tied 3-3 in overtime, Miller stoned Ray Whitney on a breakaway with 1:32 left to keep the game square and force the shootout.’