‘We were disappointed about our first two losses. We thought we played good enough to win game two against the Islanders but not game one. Since coming back at home and winning the last two, it has been great. Our focus is to play our game and approach each opponent at a time. You cannot dwell on how others are doing you just need to put yourself in a position to win every night.’
Archives for October 20, 2007
‘“They just outplayed us,” Sabres forward Drew Stafford said. “I think they outworked us on some of the little things. They were backchecking well. They were playing sound defensively, and we just had a hard time generating anything obviously.”’
Habs sharpen up for Sabres (Montreal Gazette)
Sabres’ offense look to get back on track vs. Canadiens (Sportsticker)
Buffalo Sabres (3-3-0) at Montreal Canadiens (2-2-2) (The Sports Network)
Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Sabres (Canadiens.com)
Pregame Warm-Up: Canadiens vs. Sabres (HabsWorld.net)
The following are rough English Translations from French language sites:
Prime duel five in a month against Sabers (La Presse)
'"They made it tough for us," he said. "We didn't get our offense going the way we wanted to at all."'
'Ryan Miller made 26 saves for the Sabres, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. It also marked the first time Buffalo was blanked since a 7-0 loss at Toronto on April 1, 2006.'
'After no scoring in the first period, Columbus would get on the board as Michael Peca chipped in a rebound by Ryan Miller to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead six and a half minutes into the second. The Sabres then got into penalty trouble and with Andrej Sekera already in the box for taking an interference penalty, Henrik Tallinder held up Rick Nash on a break that would turn into a penalty shot for Nash but Miller stood tall putting aside the wrist shot. Nash made sure to hit the back of the net during the same penalty to Sekera as he made it 2-0 with less than seven minutes left in the period.'
'When the spotlight has shone the brightest, Miller has been at his best. The East Lansing, MI native has turned away the oppositions last five attempts, setting a new franchise record for consecutive penalty shot stops.'
'Columbus' goaltender Pascal Leclaire had little trouble throughout the night as he posted his third victory – and third shutout – of the season. However, he didn't do it alone. The Blue Jackets used superb positioning and overall hustle to outmatch the Sabres, who were shutout for the first time in their last 95 regular season games.'
'With four or five Columbus players guarding their blueline at all times, the only thing the Sabres could have done was to dump-and-chase. But anyone that has watched the Sabres over the past two seasons knows that dump-and-chase isn't even in the Sabres vocabulary during the regular season.'