'This season, the Sabres are still pummeling through opponents, but it's by five-on-five scoring. Buffalo hasn't scored with the man advantage in a season-high seven games and the units' lack of production cost the team a point in a Sunday matinee with the Atlanta Thrashers.'
Archives for March 18, 2007
'Frequently trading odd-man rushes with Buffalo, the Thrashers managed to construct three separate leads, only to be pushed by the visiting Sabres beyond regulation time in earning their seventh consecutive victory at Philips Arena, thanks in large part to their overpowering success with the man-advantage. Unable to stop Atlanta's power play, the Sabres fell for only the third time this season in overtime but still satisfied to return home with six out of eight possible points in hostile rinks.'
'The Sabres allowed three power-play goals while being shut out on five of their own man advantages.'
'Atlanta took their third lead of the game on a power play goal by Alexei Zhitnik eight minutes into the third. But again Buffalo would come back yet again as Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen would be stunned from a shot off the mask, Derek Roy would pick up the puck and slam it home to tie it 3-3 as the two teams would head to overtime.'
'Buffalo tied it at 3-all on Derek Roy's 15th goal with 7:35 remaining. The puck glanced off Kari Lehtonen's mask, apparently hitting him near the right ear. After Roy lifted a wrist shot over his shoulder from the bottom of the left circle, Lehtonen fell face first to the ice.'
'Buffalo started the extra frame with a power play as Tkachuk was issued a slashing call as time expired in regulation, but the Sabres were unable to take advantage and with 1:14 remaining in overtime Jaroslav Spacek was called for holding Ilya Kovalchuk. Atlanta brought the puck into the Buffalo end and Alexei Zhitnik sent a pass from the high slot to Slava Kozlov, who used a touch pass to get the puck to the slot where Tkachuk fired a wrister into the right corner of the net to win the game.'
'“Gut feeling does come into play quite a bit. A lot of players out there are the same, it’s difficult to separate them,” said Devine, who checks for a player’s background with coaches, teammates and trainers. “You have to project that kid five years down the road, too. There are a lot of intangibles. A lot of things can change in three to five years especially when they start making money.”' (Submitted by: wee whaler)
‘No general manager wanted to give Pominville an NHL uniform at the start of last season. The Buffalo Sabres waived him. The other 29 clubs passed. Yet there was Pominville with more goals than Joe Sakic, Jaromir Jagr or Mats Sundin.’
‘There are only 11 games and three weeks left in the regular season, but Ruff said that could be plenty of time to get Connolly prepared for game action. “There’s still a remote chance that he could get back for possibly the last couple regular-season games,” Ruff said. “I don’t think you can rule that out.”’