'"The toughest part was the plays in front of the net. It was very difficult to try and determine who had the puck or whether the shot was tipped. That's where Rick's experience and knowing those plays pays off. It amazes me how well he can determine whether or not the puck was tipped."'
Archives for January 22, 2008
‘Goaltending and defensive play killed the Sabres on Monday. Jocelyn Thibault allowed three soft goals through the pads, including one just 54 seconds into the game. He faced 33 shots and stopped 27.’
‘“I don’t mind those, and I’m sure he doesn’t, either,” Gaustad said. “That’s part of the game. That’s something I enjoy is the battles. I talked to the ref afterward and he said it was good. I got a high-stick, but I think I got him with an elbow, too, so it’s something that I don’t mind. Those are things that make hockey a great sport.”’
‘“I think it’s probably the Sabres that asked for it,” Briere said of the investigation. “I think they did that just to save face a little bit, with everything that went down. We didn’t have anything to prepare for, because all we had to do was tell the story of exactly what happened. I guess if they could find something they could have blamed it on me, I don’t know.”’
‘”It was a tough night for Joc,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “They got off to a tough start with the first one. He battled back the rest of the period, and I thought he was going to be OK, but it was a night we couldn’t overcome those goals and we didn’t give him enough support.”‘
‘Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford tallied for the Sabres, who have lost a franchise record eight straight games on the road. Jocelyn Thibault, making only his sixth start of the season, yielded six goals on 33 shots for Buffalo, which hasn’t posted a victory on the road since December 22 in Philadelphia.’
‘The second period was ugly for Buffalo as the Coyotes reclaimed the lead just two minutes in on the power play on a goal by Niko Kapanen. Before the midway point of the second Phoenix had a 4-1 lead on goals by Shane Doan and Derek Morris.’