'Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said the current injury is not as bad as the original one.'
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‘”I said from the beginning that we were a playoff team,” said Briere, who has been healthy enough to play for a month now. “But I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t surprised after all the injuries we’ve had to go through.”‘
This was a team win, however, so kudos to the Sabres who just don't get rattled and just don't quit. Believe Sabres fans, believe!'
'"It was a tough night for us, but I think it's something that we needed," said Sabres forward Mike Grier, who scored the game-winner with 11:46 to play. "We've been a little bit loose defensively the last few games, so just seeing how hard they were working made us pick our game up."'
'They've done it so many times in so many ways with so many players that after a while you start wondering if it's ever going to end.'
'Hecht reinjured his right medial collateral ligament Thursday night in the Buffalo Sabres' 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he said he will be out at least two weeks.'
'There is no precise timetable for his return, although he talks in terms of being available before the playoffs. When his cognitive and "base-line" test results are approved, when he has regained competitive conditioning, and when the streaking Sabres figure they need him, he'll get back into this red-hot lineup. They could use his defensive diligence.'
'Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has never had the reputation of being a wheeler and dealer and at times has taken the hits from the public about it. (Where is Bob Corkum?) Yet the reality is that the club that is on the ice is totally of his making. To think that only Jay McKee remains from the team that won the conference championship in 1999 is all the evidence we need to see that, while his cautious style of making moves drives us mad sometimes, the on-ice performance is the proof of the pudding.'
'"His attitude really brought the rest of us up. He doesn't allow you to feel bad or feel sorry for him," said Marc Brenner with the Sabres. "To see someone as young as Brian having to go through it, it really hit me hard," added Matt Rabinowitz, another Sabres employee.
'"Most of all we feel confident that everybody in this lockerroom know that Lindy does need our support professionally and personally." Biron, holding his 19 month old son, Jacob, said the organization is really like a big family, and they want to do whatever they can. "The better we can do it the easier it's going to be for him to feel relaxed and feel he can focus on family first and hockey second, and hopefully we can do that for him."'