'"The one thing I do remember is Mario saying after it was all over that he probably played against the best defensive team he's ever played against," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who was an assistant coach with the Panthers. "We built a system in Florida. We knew we didn't have any glorified goal scorers, but through hard work and trying to limit opportunities – and we hoped we'd get great goaltending – we had a chance to win every night." Sound familiar?'
Sabres, like '96 Panthers, stifle Pens' stars
May 5, 2001 Submitted by