Archives for April 2006

It&#8217s time for Sabres to be worried

'The more opportunities the Sabres missed, the more turnovers they committed. The more they gave up the puck, the more they looked like a team that barely had 100 games of combined playoff experience before the series.'

Sabres scoring too early too often

‘”It seems like they get the first scoring chance,” Sami Kapanen said, “and a lot of times that’s where they find a way to score.”‘

HSBC Arena stands for ‘Horrible Setbacks Become Consistent’ for Flyers

‘The Flyers’ twin losses in Buffalo dropped their record at HSBC Arena to 1-8-1 since 2001, the only win coming on April 7 in the Flyers’ final visit of the regular season.’

Sunday’s Philadelphia Coverage (Updated 12:00 p.m.)

Sabres scoring too early too often (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Flyers benefit from experience (Bucks County Courier Times)

Improved penalty kill gives Flyers a boost (Delaware County Times)

Flyers have found identity just in time (Delaware County Times)

Peter’s built for the playoffs (Allentown Morning Call)

Flyers get fresh start in Buffalo (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Stevenson still healthy scratch (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

HSBC Arena stands for ‘Horrible Setbacks Become Consistent’ for Flyers (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Flyers need to find a way to win game in Buffalo (Trenton Times)

Philadelphia at Buffalo (AP)

Forsberg tries to lead Flyers to third straight victory (Sportsticker)

(5) Philadelphia Flyers (2-2) at (4) Buffalo Sabres (2-2) (The Sports Network)

Forsberg works his playoff magic again

'Often considered one of the world's premier hockey players, Forsberg is among the best playoff performers in NHL history, averaging 1.2 points a game in the postseason. Once again, he elevated his game when it mattered most. After an embarrassing 8-2 loss Monday put the Flyers in a 0-2 hole, Forsberg turned the series around with an All-Star effort in consecutive games.'

Sabres D Numminen expected back for Game 5

‘”I feel good and normal” he said after participating in the team’s practice Saturday. “The doctors said everything looks normal and like it should. So I feel good about it and will be playing tomorrow. I’m not worried about it. I know the situation and feel comfortable with the doctors. So I have no concern.”‘

Ruff should show Hitchcock respect

'Ruff knows better than anyone else that by referring to the Flyers as idiots, what he was really doing was lumping Hitchcock with his players, who are an extension of any coach. Coaches owe other coaches a measure of respect.'

Flyers may be getting to Miller

'It's hard to believe he had to give himself such a pep talk, given the state of this series after the first two games in Buffalo, after the Flyers' draining overtime loss and their embarrassing 8-2 defeat. Yet … one shot from the right player in the right spot, and lo, Lazarus has pushed aside the stone. He said he wouldn't let one goal define this series, yet Ryan Miller couldn't get around one simple fact: He had left that little opening for R.J. Umberger, left a larger one for the Flyers, and look where we are now.'

A flop in Philly

‘”The way it ended wasn’t real pretty,” Miller said, stewing in his locker stall. “I screwed up pretty good there. I’ll just shake it off, forgive myself and then we got Sunday afternoon. One goal is not going to define the series. It might’ve made a difference tonight, but I’m not going to let it define the series. I don’t want that to be the way the series is remembered. It’s more than that. It’s bigger than I thought. I thought up until that point I was playing good hockey. We’ll just move on.”‘

Sabres get serious reality check

‘Folks, it’s time to start sweating.’

Doctors tell Numminen not to play

‘Also in question is the status of winger Jochen Hecht, who played only 8:59 Friday before leaving the game for unspecified reasons midway through the second period, shortly after he and Peter Forsberg traded hits. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Hecht had an “upper-body injury” and claimed he didn’t know how long the versatile forward will be out.’

Good, bad format fights playoff fever

‘Mike Emrick, ex-Sabre Peter McNab and Cammi Granato will work NBC’s coverage of the Sabres-Flyers on Sunday.’

Saturday’s Ontario Coverage

Flyer answers the bell (Toronto Sun)

Tireless Forsberg, Esche lead Flyers’ rally (Toronto Globe and Mail)

This Peter proves too great for Sabres (National Post)

Can anyone stop Peter Forsberg? (National Post)

‘Peter the Great’ loves the playoff pressure (National Post)

Esche makes some big stops in second period (National Post)

Filling a familiar role (SLAM! Sports)

Miller takes blame for goal

‘”I just tried to trap it instead of save it, and it squirted through,” Miller said. “I thought I was playing solid all night… . Now we have Sunday afternoon [for Game 5].”‘

Desjardins gives Sabres a phantom goal

‘”We concurred with Toronto that it was inconclusive,” NHL supervisor Dave Newell said. “We can feel strongly that it was a goal, but if somebody comes to us and says, ‘Show me the puck in the net,’ we couldn’t do it. That’s why we make it imperative with the referees to make the signal one way or the other, wave it off or call a goal. Otherwise, we’re in trouble.”‘