‘“You can’t really sugarcoat it. We weren’t very good,” said coach Lindy Ruff. “I thought we were just flat-out awful at times. They got us on the run a little bit and we didn’t do a lot about it.”’
Archives for November 3, 2007
‘“When you haven’t played in a while, you don’t want to do anything fancy,” Thibault said after his second appearance of the season in relief of Ryan Miller ended in a 4-2 loss at HSBC Arena. “You want to play a solid game, an honest game. I have to find ways to win games. I don’t play a lot and I have to make a difference every time I play.”’
'Thibault wasn’t horrible, although he fought the puck in the second and third. But the team played even more tentatively with him in the crease. And while the Sabres were comfortable playing a similar style of play in front of Marty Biron, that confidence was nowhere to be found on Friday.'
'“Our second period was awful. We got dominated.”'
'"We hung him out to dry," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said about his No. 2 netminder. "We were flat-out awful at times. They got us on a run a little bit and we didn't do a lot about it."'
'Jochen Hecht and Thomas Vanek each scored a goal while Jocelyn Thibault gave up all four goals on 24 shots for the Sabres, who have dropped two straight and five of seven.'
'Buffalo tied the game halfway through the second with Jochen Hecht grabbing the puck in front of the net and wrapping it around the sprawling Tomas Vokoun. Richard Zednik would not only regain the lead for Florida, but also extend their lead to 3-1 on back to back goals from the Panthers forward. Then Olli Jokinen really blew the game open scoring the third Florida goal in five minutes sending the Panthers to intermission with a 4-1 lead.'
'"He was doing pretty good, and then he kind of tweaked his groin a little bit … then we lost him," said head coach Lindy Ruff. "That's the greatest fear of trying to put somebody in the lineup. We were either going to put him in the lineup here or in Rochester and it could have happened in either."'
'It was the first home game for the Sabres since October 19, and most in the sellout crowd ended the night ready to sentence the boys back to the road for five more games.'