Pierre Turgeon's 100th National Hockey League goal was a long time coming, but the fact it came in a season-high fifth straight loss did little to cheer the Buffalo center.
"It's nice, but it's another two points we don't get," Turgeon said. "Right now we've got to do more. We know we can do better. We don't get the wins we should get. We've got so many good players. We know we should win (more). I don't know exactly what's going on, but I know we've got to do better."
Turgeon was reunited with his linemates of a season ago, Mike Foligno and Dave Andreychuk, and they had some success. But Turgeon and Andreychuk were on for the game-tying goal (by Adam Oates), and although the score sheet didn't reflect it (Dale Hawerchuk, Rick Vaive and Rob Ray had just stepped on), they were caught when Brett Hull went end-to-end for the winner.
Turgeon's last goal was Nov. 10 at Washington. He went 14 games without another one, a stretch believed to be his longest ever as an amateur or a pro.
Rick Dudley's comments regarding the work of the goal judge in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins have not gone unchallenged. Members of the off-ice officials declined comment after Dudley called one of their members incompetent, but a source told The News the group has drafted a letter to be sent to League Executive Vice President Brian O'Neill and to Bryan Lewis, the league's director of officiating.
The letter reportedly takes exception to the characterization of the goal judge as "incompetent" and to a remark that implied the officials should be making decisions that favor the Sabres.
The three stars went, in order, to Hull, Turgeon and Oates. . . . The Sabres returned goaltender Darcy Wakaluk to Rochester. . . . Scratched from the lineup were center John Tucker, defensemen Jay Wells (knee) and Brad Miller (cut hand) and winger Alexander Mogilny (concussion). Jiri Sejba took Mogilny's place in the lineup.
The Sabres' next two starts are on the road.
They play Tuesday at Hartford and Thursday at Boston.
The next home start is Sunday vs. Quebec.