'“We just have to realize we’re running out of games now,” Sabres defenseman Toni Lydman said after the Sabres held a players-only meeting. “Right now we need those wins and we need those points bad.”'
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'“I thought we lost a lot of little battles that cost us situations in the game,” said Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff. “A lack of desperation in the battles, a lack of intensity in some of the battles. Being out-raced, out-muscled and it cost us again. It was disappointing.”'
'“I was pretty pumped up before the game,” Hasek said. “I was excited, but again, they scored on the first shot and I was like, ‘come on, the same thing happened in the last game.’'
'Most of the time, they looked bad doing it.'
'Urgency’s at hand, yet the Sabres came out against Detroit as if this were a game in November and they’d catch up on the two points later in the year. The offense was listless save the line of Patrick Kaleta, Adam Mair and Maxim Afinogenov — two tenacious checkers and the free-spirited winger. What does it say when those three bear responsibility for igniting the team at this point of the campaign, with a playoff berth slipping away?'
'“It feels good to be back finally and to win the game,” the 43- year-old Hasek said. “We won one on the road, played better on both sides, had more scoring chances and finally scored a few goals.”'
‘What’s most disconcerting is the Sabres lack of fight at a time when they should be showing their fangs most. To put the team’s effort in perspective, with just over two minutes to play and Buffalo trailing by a pair of goals, Lindy Ruff tapped the combination of Adam Mair and Patrick Kaleta. Ruff was obviously fed up with most of his forwards, many of whom found themselves with new linemates as the night progressed.’
‘The St. Francis product was trailing a two-on-one and Maxim Afinogenov tried to pass across to Adam Mair. The puck caught Detroit defenseman Andreas Lilja and bounced directly to Kaleta, who beat Hasek.’
‘”You know, my home state would be a nice opportunity but honestly, Buffalo’s been great to me,” Miller said. “I have a lot of fun here. We have a young core of guys. As far as I know, you guys got Hasek and (Chris) Osgood. I’m settled here and happy here. I’d like to stay. I’d like the opportunity to keep building here. Who knows how hockey careers go?”‘
‘”Right before I left, I put $1 million to this hockey program,” Hasek said, before starting for the Red Wings on Sunday night against the Sabres at HSBC Arena. “When I was leaving, I told people I want to be sure this hockey program runs in perpetuity. Right now it’s seven years from then. Some people change. Some people stay. The program is running and even stronger than it was. I’m proud of it.”‘