'After several distressing seasons down on the farm, the parent Buffalo Sabres made good on their promise to put a winner back on the ice in Rochester. This was a fun team with plenty of talent and character, if not the complete package.'
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'Miller was perhaps on the verge of being the backup for Game 5 after he allowed two soft goals in a 3-2 loss in Game 4 on Sunday. But in all likelihood, Cunneyworth was going to stick with Miller. The second-year goalie wasn’t at fault on the goals Wednesday (the last was into an empty net). Still, he thought he should have stopped at least one solo dash that led to goals, by Vernon Fiddler to break a scoreless tie at 14:32 of the first period, or the winning goal by Greg Classen at 19:41 of the first.'
'The series spotlight, however, belonged to Flaherty, who saved 119 of 123 shots in the three games the Admirals won in Buffalo and Rochester during the past week. Flaherty again knocked away or caught everything thrown at him, with the exception of a late first-period goal by Americans center Derek Roy. "I played with him before (with the New York Islanders), and I knew he was a good goaltender," said Admirals veteran center Tony Hrkac.
'Flaherty made the difference in the series. The Americans outshot Milwaukee 123-74 in Games 3, 4 and 5 but were outscored 9-4 and lost each game.'
'Derek Roy scored the lone goal for Rochester, which dropped three straight games after tying the series at one game apiece on Thursday.'
'Wade Flaherty was again the story making 44 saves while Ryan Miller only stopped 18 for Rochester.'
'Milwaukee goalie Wade Flaherty was the difference again, just as he was in games three and four. This time the 38 year old Flaherty turned away just about everything the Amerks threw at him finishing with 44 saves. "I was able to see the majority of their shots, and the ones I did see I was able to control the rebound," Flaherty said.'
“We are excited that the Sabres and Towne Automotive Group can offer this once in a lifetime car to one lucky fan,” said Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner, Larry Quinn.
'The Sabres have made eight qualifying offers. The rest of the offers to restricted free agents don't have to be out until June 30th. These players participated in the World Championships and would not have been insured had they not been qualified. They are Daniel Briere, J.P. Dumont, Jeff Jillson, Mike Grier, Mika Noronen, Dmitri Kalinin, Maxim Afinogenov and Jochen Hecht.'
“Patience. I feel really bad for all of those kids sitting up there, especially when you see all of them sitting there on the second day. I think a lot of their hopes were that they’d been drafted already. Patience is one thing I’d tell them.”