'But after spending the first six weeks of the season looking like supermen, the Sabres have appeared decidedly ordinary in recent weeks — or at least they've stopped running away from the pack. Buffalo has gone only 5-4 over its past nine games, with one of those wins coming via a shootout, and that was after a stretch in which the Sabres won six of eight but allowed at least four goals in each one.'
Archives for December 8, 2006
'Veteran defenceman Teppo Numminen injured a foot while blocking a shot against Florida on Thursday night, while centre Chris Drury is battling a flu.'
'In the six games following losses, Buffalo has outscored its opponent by a 27-14 margin, including Tuesday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay that followed a lackluster 7-4 loss to Washington.'
'The Sabres were outshot 17-3 in the first period of Thursday's loss to Florida and 38-18 overall.'
'Buffalo has dropped three of its five away contests after beginning the season with a 10-0-0 road mark.'
'"I should have called a timeout and had everybody go pat Millsie on the pads just to thank him for keeping us in," Ruff said after the 3-1 loss. "We had one guy who played tonight. That was our goalie. Other than that, there wasn't another man that really played on our team."'
'Fitzpatrick, from Rochester has been caught off-guard by the votes and the ensuing media attention. "If anybody knows me, they know I don't like to be the focal point of anything," Fitzpatrick told reporters Thursday in Vancouver. "I'd rather just do my business and go home. I'm going to have fun with it. Everybody seems to be enjoying it."'
'Ryan Miller, Buffalo, 35 saves: Were it not for the Herculean performance by the 26-year old in net, punctuated by a 17-save first period, the contest would have been over after twenty minutes.'
'Long stretches away from home are supposed to bring teams together. This one appears to be pulling at the thread of the Sabres' mind-blowing start to the season. If the loss in Washington on Saturday night was the low-water mark of the season, the defeat in Sunrise was even worse.'