Archives for April 2006

Numminen suffering from irregular heartbeat

‘Numminen was diagnosed with a dilated aorta in 2003-04, missing five games with the Dallas Stars, but returning for the postseason. He also underwent a procedure – unrelated to the dilated aorta – to cauterize a stimulator in his heart and eliminate the need to take medication for an irregular heartbeat. He was cleared that summer to play in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.’

Sabres not sweating one loss

‘”We need to do a better job on our special teams,” Ruff said. “We only had four good opportunities on seven power plays. We need to get one good opportunity every power play and take advantage of that. They won the special-teams battle. That’s how I look at it.”‘

Friday’s Philadelphia Coverage (updated 12:00 p.m.)

Gauthier loves to hit – sometimes too much (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Sabres not sweating one loss (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 4 (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Nothing like win to boost morale (Philadelphia Daily News)

Esche, Forsberg need some help (Philadelphia Daily News)

Can Flyers win back-to-back games? (Bucks County Courier Times)

Gauthier’s rough style of play is in his genes (Bucks County Courier Times)

Gauthier not wrestling with role (Delaware County Times)

Flyers impede Buffalo stampede (Allentown Morning Call)

‘The X factor is us’ (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

If it means advancing, Gauthier will be the bad guy (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Hitchcock trying to push Flyers forward (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Flyers hope to even series tonight (Trenton Times)

Flyers’ hopes may rest with Forsberg (Salem Sunbeam)

From the ring to the rink (National Post)

Buffalo at Philadelphia (AP)

Forsberg, Flyers aim for second straight win against Sabres (Sportsticker)

(4) Buffalo Sabres (2-1) at (5) Philadelphia Flyers (1-2) (The Sports Network)

In the Corner: Game 4 (

Sun Shines After Nightmare (

Flyers to Paint Fans Orange Friday Night (

There&#8217s no need to panic

‘But it took three gifts for the Flyers to scrape by the Sabres. And they won’t get those again.’

Sabres are a close bunch

'"It's true, we like each other," Campbell said. "There's always been dedicated professionals here who taught the younger players. I learned all I could from Alexei Zhitnik, James Patrick and Rhett Warriner, my first roommate."'

Flyers won't change their physical approach

'Instead of letting the Sabres skate with the puck at will, the Flyers impeded their path with forceful checks. In many ways, this series is shaping up to be the old NHL vs. the new NHL. "You can say that," Flyers forward Simon Gagne said Thursday. "They're built for the new NHL. They're not big, but they have a lot of speed. We have some speed, but we're more physical. We need to play the same way every game. They can be a physical team, too. The longer the series will go, the better chance we will have."'

Numminen Has Irregular Heartbeat; Primeau Out

'The condition is nothing new for the 37-year-old Numminen. He was diagnosed with a dialated aorta back in 2004. Numminen will practice before Friday's Game 4 before deciding to play.'

Playoff Hockey Lucrative for Local Businesses

'In fact, owners might disagree with fans who want the Sabres to win every game, saying they just want the team to play as many games as possible. Wednesday night's loss is a gain for businesses because it guarantees a fifth game in this series, back here in Buffalo.'

Where Do 'Hat Trick' Hats Go?

'The Sabres donate hats thrown onto the ice to various charities throughout the year. They are donating the several hundred hats from Monday's momentous game to Goodwill.'

Forsberg and Flyers show their best

‘”For whatever reason, our team wades into things,” said Hitchcock. “We’re locked in now … hopefully, we can make [the series] interesting.”‘

Not in their house

‘”We definitely weren’t overconfident. Up two [games] is a long ways from winning a series, especially with the talent they have. We definitely weren’t looking past this game, and I don’t think we played like it either.”‘

Sabres knew it wouldn’t be easy

‘Understand, nobody is hanging this loss on Miller alone. The Sabres scored the critical first goal and still had 53 minutes remaining after Savage tallied. They had two power-play opportunities in the final 11 minutes. The Flyers shut down the middle of the ice after watching the Sabres trample through the first two games. And Forsberg was Forsberg again.’

Gauthier slices Dumont’s ice time

‘”We don’t know [how long Numminen will be out] yet, but, obviously, missing him for most of the game was a big hurt for us,” was all Ruff would say.’

Fans lose when Sabres not on TV

‘The cable companies are not to blame. Neither is OLN. They know their subscribers pay hard-earned money to watch television, be it hockey or anything else. But the blackout rule is in place. They cannot do anything about it. Fans are even more helpless.’

Back in business

‘”It’s a cliche but sometimes you have to be more lucky than good,” Forsberg said. “We had to play our game and not get into an end-to-end shootout with them.”‘