‘How soon until No. 56 jerseys fill the seats of HSBC Arena?’
Archives for February 2008
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'Despite having only mid-round NCAA picks, the Buffalo Sabres have a couple of players who should make a future mark in the NHL and a couple more who will make a serious run at it.'
‘Bernier’s first game as a Buffalo Sabre was spellbinding. The big right winger scored on his second shift. When he scored again on his fifth, the sellout crowd was ready to anoint him captain. When his on-the-tape pass to Derek Roy resulted in another goal, people were ready to clear space in the rafters next to the names of LaFontaine, Gare and Perreault.’
‘Not to worry. Since then Peters has been the epitome of consistency: one goal last year, one goal this year. He’s more than halfway to the coveted 10-point plateau — for his career. You half expect him to request a meeting with coach Lindy Ruff and ask if he can play on the same line with Bernier. You know, so Bernier can buy him some room and allow him to cultivate his latent skills.’
‘“It’s not the same as the other guys,” said Dumont, referring to recent hostile appearances by Daniel Briere, Chris Drury and Jay McKee. “Sometimes teams make decisions. We don’t know why, but it happens.”’
'"He played a great game," said coach Lindy Ruff. "To have a player step in and have as good a first night as that, it's almost like a dream come true. He set up a couple great opportunities, he missed a chance when he walked in alone. There were lots of good things about his game."'
'“Awesome,” he said during the third round of questions from reporters on Wednesday. “I never saw it happening like this.”'
'But Miller later left the game with a bloody nose after Marek Zidlicky’s big shot from the point. The puck caromed off Miller’s mask and as he fell to the ice, the rebound went directly to Jan Hlavac, who scored into the empty net.'
‘Bernier, who was given Campbell’s stall in Buffalo’s dressing room, had time for one pre-game skate with his new teammates before getting pressed into active duty. If Ruff had time to offer a few words, the conversation clearly would have involved a map with a bright red dot placed in front of the opposing net.’