'Ken Hitchcock put it best: “Their tenacity controlled this game.”'
Archives for April 2006
'The key play: Philly’s Brian Savage took a penalty for goaltender interference with less than a minute remaining in the second period and the Sabres ahead 1-0. Just 11 seconds later, Briere fed a nifty pass to J.P. Dumont to give Buffalo a 2-0 edge. Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn’t comment on the call, but did emphatically say “it was a major turning point in the game.”'
'"It was a pretty quick turnaround from the low to the high for me."'
‘Flyers forward Peter Forsberg had four goals and four assists in four games this series, but was held without a point for the first time. Forsberg and his linemates Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble were blanked on a combined seven shots on net.’
'game featured a very fast Sabres team that relentlessly attacked the Flyers, protected Miller and was relatively free of the mistakes and brain cramps that plagued the team in Philadelphia. Buffalo's power play which sputtered on the road racked up two huge goals to power Buffalo to the win.'
'Jean-Pierre Dumont and Tim Connolly each had a goal and an assist while Daniel Briere donated a pair of helpers for Buffalo, which will try to close out the series at the Wachovia Center on Tuesday.'
'The Flyers looked nothing like the confident group that rallied from a 2-0 series deficit.'
'Will they go with Drury or will they try and counter with speed? In games three and four, the Sabres sent Daniel Briere's line against Forsberg and that matchup didn't work. They tried sending out Paul Gaustad, a big, physical fourth-line forward to bang Forsberg around — that didn't work.'
‘”I think we’re an angry club right now. We’re not shaken,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We’re angry at ourselves. We’re angry at ourselves for the type of turnovers we allowed ourselves to make.”‘
‘He’s been outplayed by Philadelphia’s Robert Esche, a member of the U.S. Olympic Team. Twice in the last two games he’s allowed want-’em-back goals at the worst possible moments. Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere had it right Saturday. You want to see Miller at his best? Get him good and ornery, which happens to be where he’s at, suitably incensed for the crossroads game of what’s now a best-of-three series between the Sabres and the Flyers.’
‘”It feels good,” Numminen said after practice in the Amherst Pepsi Center. “I went to see the doctors yesterday, and they looked at it. Everything looks normal, everything looks like it should. So I feel good about it and will be playing.”‘
‘The No. 1 line of Forsberg, Gagne and Knuble have combined for eight of the team’s 13 goals and 16 points overall.’
‘Of more concern should be the inability of goaltender Ryan Miller to make the big save at the key time.’
'"The last five years I've been dealing with my heart," he said. "I had surgery to fix it (in the summer of 2004) and it worked for two years. Eventually I'll have to have it fixed again."'
'Sabres coach Lindy Ruff wouldn't say whether Miller, his starter for the first four games, will be back in goal today. "I'm not announcing our goalie," he said. When asked if that meant he was contemplating a switch to Martin Biron, Ruff politely said, "That means I'm not telling you."'