All Buffalo fans did on Saturday night was leave the broken limbs and the flooded basements behind and filled HSBC Arena to make a statement — this city gets up, and shows up. And the fans did their job masterfully.
Archives for October 15, 2006
The Buffalo Sabres "flipped the switch" Saturday night and provided many Buffalonians a release after an early-season snowstorm crippled the Western New York region.
‘There was no power outage downtown. The Sabres entered the game having been outshot in all three periods for the season and were 18th on the power play. They rolled up 29 shots through the first 40 minutes and converted two of their five power plays.’
‘”You go outside and you look around, and in some places it’s absolute devastation. You come to the rink, and the number of people that show up – knowing that there’s probably a good number at home with the garage door open and the generator running still – kudos to them. That’s a big enough lift to our team.”‘
'And the kids today love this stuff, we are told. So in an attempt to reach those kids – and in a serious attempt to make the game of hockey better – the NHL has enlisted the help of Reebok to design new jerseys for the entire league. And old codgers like myself who still call these garments "sweaters" will have to tolerate the change.'
‘It was the third time this season that Buffalo has come back from a two-goal deficit to win, and the second consecutive game the Sabres started down 2-0. The Sabres came from behind Friday night against Detroit to beat the Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout.’
‘”A lot of hardship right now,” said Miller of the recent weather crisis in Buffalo. “A lot of people being inconvenienced, having a tough time at home. To have (the fans) come out. I thought the reaction was priceless. They just had a great night in the middle of this state of emergency. They were having a lot of fun. We’re happy to provide it.”‘
‘”Somewhere in Buffalo need some electricity. I guess it might as well be here.”‘
‘Ho, hum – another slow start, another early deficit to rally from behind.’