‘Paetsch played in just two games with the Sabres last season, one during the regular season and another during the playoffs.’
Archives for October 29, 2006
‘Atlanta came into the contest unbeaten on the road with a 3-0-2 record. The Sabres are 6-0-0 on the road this season. Oddly, as many teams entered Saturday without a road loss as did without a home loss. Buffalo, Minnesota, Anaheim, Edmonton and New Jersey were all unbeaten at home coming into action, while Anaheim, Ottawa and Pittsburgh joined the Sabres and Thrashers with unbeaten road marks.’
Thrashers end Sabres’ win streak (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
‘But last night, in a result that has to be seen as poetic justice, the Atlanta Thrashers put the matter to bed for another season, defeating the Sabres 5-4 — in a shootout when Slava Kozlov scored the only goal.’
‘”It’s fitting they lost in a shootout because some of their wins came that way,” Gilmour, a member of those 1993 Leafs, said. “We never had the opportunity of shootouts, so it was an entirely different thing. (The Sabres) have a good team but it’s still nice that we will be recognized for our accomplishment.”‘
'"Going into an off-season with so many guys having to sign, I don't think anyone knew, as far as the players, who was going to be here and who wasn't," Drury said last week. "But, obviously, they kept a lot of guys and signed a lot of contracts this summer, and it's certainly working out."'
'They may not hoist the Cup in June. But in a league dominated by parity, it'll be fun to see just how dominant they can be in their quest to do so.'
'And what should worry the Panthers, who visit Buffalo on Nov.'10, is that Sabres coach Lindy Ruff doesn't feel his team has played its best hockey, with the exception of its 9-1 dismantling of Philadelphia on Oct.'16.
"We're in search of the perfect game," Ruff said. "The coaching staff is, anyway. We've got to continue to create good habits, not get careless and not get sloppy. We need to … make smarter plays."'
'Buffalo would choose to go first in the shootout as Briere would miss the net on the glove side of Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen. The Thrashers would take the shootout lead on a shot from forward Vyachelsav Kozlov. Maxim Afinogenov and Marian Hossa would respectively get stopped on their attempts, as it all came down to Thomas Vanek. Vanek’s wrist shot would glance off Lehtonen’s glove then off the crossbar and fly over the net as the Sabres would lose their first game of the season.'
'The Sabres received a standing ovation immediately following the game.'