'The Islanders would get back in it as Jason Blake would cut across the crease and slam it home to make it 2-1 with twelve minutes left in regulation. DiPietro would be pulled late in the third, but Jochen Hecht would slip the puck into the empty net to cap off the 3-1 victory.'
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'Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who swept their four-game homestand and have won seven of nine overall. Paul Gaustad and Jochen Hecht added the other markers.'
'Ryan Miller made 29 saves and Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and an assist to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders on Monday.'
'"The excitement and nerves, it's almost like Christmas morning or you're playing your first National Hockey League game," Nolan said Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. "It's exciting. This place was a very special place and I really enjoyed my time that I spent here."'
'The Isles haven't scored a goal in more than 138 minutes.'
‘”It’s going to be fun to see the crowd and come back to an area that gave you your start in the National Hockey League,” Nolan said yesterday after practice. “Probably the best part about going back is the people of Buffalo really helped my transformation the last nine years. I still get letters and e-mails even after all those years. I really felt connected to the people there. It’s going to be nice to go back, but now it’s on a different side, trying to beat them.”‘
‘Nolan added that he holds no grudge against the Sabres. “What has happened in the past is gone and it’s over, and hopefully the fans will remember the good times,” he said.’
‘”You can just feel the excitement,” said Teppo Numminen, who has played in hockey-dominated markets like Winnipeg and others with lukewarm fan support such as Phoenix and Dallas. “It seems like everywhere you go around town, you see something saying ‘Go Sabres.’ You realize you are not just playing for your team and teammates but for your entire community.”‘