Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/05/12 at 02:41 AM ET
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
It’s been a really quiet hockey season in Buffalo. How quiet?
“Married couples fighting upstairs, you can hear that on the ice,” Sabres forward Ville Leino said Wednesday.
Although he was smiling, Leino probably wasn’t exaggerating. The low decibel level in First Niagara Center has made it possible for personal conversations to travel across sections filled with fans doing nothing.
The silence may have hit a deafening low during Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over Edmonton. The Sabres again got manhandled early, then didn’t generate their scoring push until late. Mark Spector, the executive vice president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, senior columnist for Sportsnet.ca and an Edmonton radio host, noted there was “zero atmosphere” in the rink and seldom had he seen 18,000 people make less noise.
“This [is] a great hockey town,” he wrote on Twitter, “but at this point, by far the quietest rink I’ve been in in 2011-12.”
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