‘”Some people got their wish,” said Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, acknowledging that Buffalo fans wanted Kane to score but still have their Sabres leave with the win. “At least he’s got something to remember this by. But I thought it was a good effort by us to win a close game.”‘
Archives for December 16, 2007
‘“I didn’t have any issues with the shoulder before the game and everything felt good,” Tallinder said before Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks in HSBC Arena. “I still felt rusty when it comes to timing, trying to find my spot all the time. That was hard in the beginning. But as the game went on I felt better and better.”’
‘Kane’s the reason Buffalo Sabres fans flocked to the arena Saturday night with their allegiance divided. They would root for a Sabres victory, there’s no doubt of that. But simultaneously they wished success for the 19-year-old young man who pens the city’s area code, 716, on his sticks as a reminder of where it all started. (His teammates, who ride him relentlessly, wrote their own area codes on their sticks before the morning skate.)’
‘“I think it is good to see,” Ruff said. “It was always such a good place to go and play.”’
‘The Blackhawks have shifted their marketing this season, with the addition of Kane and Toews and the death of longtime owner Bill Wirtz. The organization has been more aggressive in reaching out to the public. Home games are being aired on local television, which for years Wirtz thought was bad for business. Of course, it all starts with winning.’
'Kane's father, Patrick Sr., isn't used to rooting against the Sabres, but he was in that rare position Saturday. ''I was a Sabre fan for 30 years, and I asked Donna to marry me at the old Aud [Memorial Auditorium],'' he said. ''Fortunately, she said yes.'''
Homecoming king upstaged (Chicago Tribune)
Veterans raise Cain at rookie’s expense (Chicago Tribune)
Sabres spoil Kane’s return (Chicago Sun Times)
Kane’s mom, dad thrilled (Chicago Sun Times)
Home sweet home for Patrick Kane (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Buffalo supports Kane in return (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
'"We have to be able to win those tight ones," Pominville said. "That's usually a sign of a good team. It's not every night you'll be able to score five or six goals."'
'Patrick Kane had the lone goal for Chicago, which has dropped five of its last six games. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 20 shots in defeat.'
'The second frame was when Buffalo got the offense going. Thomas Vanek's 10th of the season tied the game and Drew Stafford's 7th of the year gave the Sabres the lead for good. Vanek assisted on Stafford's goal along with Derek Roy, who also enjoyed a two-point night with two assists.'