‘“We knew their power play was good, and they did a real good job,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “They were better than us. They kicked us around a little bit. They took advantage of odd-numbered situations. They got in behind us. Our defense got caught. Our forwards didn’t cover up. It made for a pretty embarrassing night.”’
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‘And they made winning look easy Friday night. Montreal was more organized and resourceful in systematically bringing Buffalo to its knees. The Habs didn’t waste much energy. Once they grabbed the lead, there was never a sense the Sabres would respond with some magical comeback. All that remained was the final score.’
‘“History is awesome here,” Price said. “You’ve got to look down the line and see all the great goaltenders and Hall of Famers that have come through but I’m a different person. Hopefully one day, I’ll join them but that’s a long ways away. I’ve got to prove myself and I can’t put more pressure on because of the history.”’
‘He’ll be missed by the local media, which often headed to his locker for postgame comments. At his goodbye media session, Campbell accurately noted that he always tried to answer questions during the good times and the bad times.’
'"But you're still hopeful. Right up to the night before the trade deadline my agent (Larry Kelly) said 'I think we're going to get a offer.' I was hopeful until the morning of the trade deadline. Obviously that wasn't to be. No I didn't want to go. I wanted to stay there. But that's what happens in hockey. You have to move on from it. But for me, (Buffalo) was kind of where I grew up and developed as a player and there was a lot of good times there, especially lately."'
'In Buffalo, waving goodbye is a survival skill, which goes back well before the salary cap.'
'Ruff’s game-day choice to insert both Maxim Afinogenov and Drew Stafford back into the lineup blew up in the coach’s face during Friday’s 6-2 loss to Montreal.'
Plekanec lifts Habs to Northeast peak (Montreal Gazette)
Huet trade all about $$ (Montreal Gazette)
Price making Gainey look good (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Photo gallery (Canadiens.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
The following are rough English translations from French language sites:
Kalinin became the fourth Sabres (Le Journal de Montreal)
Latendresse played Butterbean … (Le Journal de Montreal)
Kovalev will play as long as he progresses (Le Journal de Montreal)
Bernier will not forget to Campbell (Le Journal de Montreal)
At one point of being first (La Presse)
Plekanec and Kovalev have a modest triumph (La Presse)
First of its division (RDS.ca)
'“They scored an early goal on the power play and got us down right away,” said Sabres center Derek Roy, who had two assists to extend his career-high points streak to eight games. “They’re a team that plays well with the lead.”'
'"Everything was tough, even the penalty they took in the first part of the game, said Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. "We knew that their power play was good, they did a really good job tonight. They were better than us. They kicked us around a little bit and took advantage of odd number situations. They got behind us, our defense got caught and our forwards didn?t cover up."'