'Hecht has 18 goals and 24 assists in 64 games this season.'
Archives for April 4, 2006
'Buffalo has won just two of 11 games that Hecht has missed this season.'
'Buffalo has a little more standings breathing room in that regard, having built up enough of a cushion before the middle of March to keep them where they are the rest of the way, while Nashville still has the inside track in their conference, but if both teams keep playing this way heading into the place, finishing fourth won't end up being much fun.'
‘“(Biron) came up with a number of real key saves,” McKee said. “That’s a real momentum-changer.”’
'"We set a goal to be in the playoffs," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We've set higher goals now. This is an opportunity you don't take for granted. We're proud of where the team is at."'
‘Sabres forward Jochen Hecht will be lost for two weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee following a hit by Toronto’s Darcy Tucker in the third period of Buffalo’s 3-2 shootout win over the Maple Leafs on Monday night.’
'"I think at the start of the year, coming into training camp, I knew that there were a lot of guys who had one-way deals," he said. "I knew it would be a tough decision for the coaching staff to make, especially regarding myself, meaning to keep me or not. I thought I had a good camp. I think they realized that I could play at this (NHL) level. They finally sent me down. I had to go through waivers. But I think the waivers were not as big a deal as people really made it to be. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous."'
'Ruff all but called for Tucker's head on a silver platter. "He couldn't take the hit that we gave him, so he knocks our guy out of the lineup for probably weeks," Ruff said. "That's a joke. I want him suspended. I want him fined. I'll come to the hearing. I haven't called the league once. I call them 10 times [today]."'
'"Every time that somebody comes back he brings a spark," Dumont said. "They always bring something new to a team. And especially after losing the last game, 7-0, we had a really good start. Those guys came in and were really excited about playing again."'
‘”It’s unfortunate we have to be done in on a cheap shot late in the game by Tucker. A knee-on-knee hit. He goes after (Hecht’s) head, he dives afterward, he is known as a diver. He couldn’t take the hit we gave him, so he knocks our guy out of the lineup for weeks. I want him suspended, I want him fined.”‘