BUFFALO -- Andrew Peters threw a few verbal jabs in the direction of Senators tough guy Brian McGrattan and Ottawa fans yesterday.
The Sabres heavyweight wasn't nearly as impressed with McGrattan's victory over Tie Domi on Saturday in Toronto as everybody in Ottawa, but admitted he doesn't watch fights.
"I don't see any need to watch fights. I'm not going to learn anything from it," Peters said prior to last night's visit to the HSBC Arena by McGrattan's Senators. "Everybody gets beat. If you lose a fight, I really don't think it's that big a deal.
"It doesn't matter who it is. A guy like Tie Domi has beat up everybody in the league at some time or another. You're going to lose a fight. You're not going to win them all. Yes, it's even going to happen to a guy like Tie Domi. There's no shame in losing."
Peters said he's going to drop the gloves "20 or 30 times in a year" and nobody is going to win them all.
"So, you beat a guy like Tie Domi. Well, it's kind of like, 'So what? Who cares?' I don't think that would be a big deal to Tie Domi either because I think he's probably lost a few during his career," said Peters.
But, Peters admitted, Domi is the benchmark for the guys assigned the job of fighting in the NHL. He has been around for years, is well respected among pugilists and doesn't back down.
"If you're asking if Tie Domi is kind of a role model for guys who play this role, I would say yes," said Peters. "He's a huge part of the team. So what, he lost a fight ... It's unfortunate that he would lose a fight, but it is also going to happen. I respect a guy like Domi because he came into the league as a tough guy and has made himself into a player who contributes. That's what we're all trying to accomplish. You can't just fight and expect to stay in the game."
It didn't take long for Peters and McGrattan to go for a dance here last night. On their first shift of the game at 3:14 of the first period, with the Senators already leading 2-0, the two had a spirited battle with plenty of punches exchanged. It ended with McGrattan taking Peters to the ice.
"Sometimes you fight to get your team going," Peters said before the game.
No Briere for Canada:
Buffalo C Daniel Briere, a Gatineau native, is on the preliminary list of 81 players for Team Canada, but he doesn't expect to be invited to Turin by executive director Wayne Gretzky. Briere, who played for Canada at the world championship in Austria last spring, has taken a look at the depth chart down the middle and he doesn't believe he has a hope. "I'd love to go and I would be ecstatic if I was selected, but I've got to be honest, I haven't even stopped to think about it," said Briere. "You just have to look at all the centres Canada has: (Joe) Thornton, (Vinny) Lecavalier and (Brad) Richards. That doesn't include (Joe) Sakic, (Mario) Lemieux, (Steve) Yzerman, along with young guys like (Jason) Spezza, (Eric) Staal and (Sidney) Crosby. Maybe, if Canada had three or four teams, I'd get a chance go. But that's the great thing about Canada." Briere has been off to a fast start and went into last night's game with a seven-game point streak.
SOME THINGS WORTH NOTING
A NO GO: Senators D Anton Volchenkov was unable to play last night because of bruised ribs he suffered Sunday vs. the Flyers. That meant D Brian Pothier, who had been a healthy scratch for two straight games, was in the lineup. Buffalo F Mike Grier left with a hip flexor in the second period.
BRONX CHEER: After allowing goals on the first two shots of the game, Biron was given a loud "cheer" when he stopped the third shot by Martin Havlat. He was pulled in favour of Mika Noronen after allowing three on six shots.
A FIRST?: The Sabres were awarded a 5-on-3 power play in the first period when Pothier and Wade Redden were both sent off for hooking. Ottawa killed off the advantage, but Buffalo's Ales Kotalik hit the post behind G Ray Emery.