'Jason Pominville and Maxim Afinogenov scored 1:39 apart early in the second period to open a 4-1 lead for the Sabres, who matched the 1975 club record for consecutive victories to start a season. Buffalo has also won a franchise-record 13 straight in the regular season.'
Archives for October 21, 2006
'Friday’s night’s game, a 5-4 come-from-behind-Buffalo triumph before an electric sellout crowd of 18,690 fans at HBSC Arena, kept the Sabres undefeated (7-0) and furthered what’s become hockey’s best new rivalry.'
'"In Carolina and in Buffalo, everyone's expecting to see great games," Sabres center Derek Roy said. "It's been a rivalry, and they're a great team. . . . It comes down to the little things and who wants it more."'
'"That's the thing," Spacek said. "You can see it on the bench. Everybody is pushing each other to be a little better. It's a great thing. I was a little scared about the [preseason predications], that we would be the best team in the Eastern Conference. The first couple games, it didn't look like that, but we won those games. Now, I know."'
'Tonight marks Buffalo's first game this season against a non-playoff qualifier.'
'“I think we know we have to be on top of our game or it could end up being not a very fun game to play in,” said B’s defenseman Brad Stuart. “You saw them against Philly the other night. They have that capability, to really run away with a game.”'
'For a guy whose name was whispered in trade rumors over the summer. For a guy who seemed to be sliding toward membership in a club featuring players like Miro Satan and Chris Gratton, Sabre forwards whose disdain for the grittier aspects of the game earned them the wrath of fans and tickets out of town. Instead, Vanek has proven himself to be a valuable cog on the machine that is the Buffalo offense.
'"It just shows how the system is going to work," said Adam Mair, Steeltown's contribution to the working-class Sabres. "You have some success and you lose some players. Carolina is a perfect example of a team which finished well and because of it lost some players."'
'Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has a helpful reminder for his players these days: buy a generator. Ruff's reminder comes after a surprise 60-cm snowfall hit Buffalo last week.'