Archives for May 2006

Teppo&#8217s value to Sabres can&#8217t be overlooked

‘The irony, of course, is that the Sabres didn’t need Teppo, they just thought they did. He played just four minutes in the first period, then sat like an assistant coach on the Buffalo bench the rest of the way.’

Not over yet!

‘“I felt like I was going to have a heart attack.”’

Cardiac kids do it again

‘This is not to say that the Sabres are going to go out and put the ‘Canes away in Game 7 on Thursday — that would be the storybook ending, and the reason we call them by that name is because they generally only happen in storybooks. But take pleasure in the fact that Buffalo is still in the race. The Little Engine That Just Might Shock The World is still churning out steam, battling tooth and nail…’.

Sabres, ‘Canes are all even

‘Looking at the the histories of both teams, there have been very few seventh heavens for the Sabres or the ‘Canes. While the Sabres are just 1-4 in Game 7s, the ‘Canes are even worse. The franchise is 0-3 in seventh games, those coming while the team was still known as the Hartford Whalers.’

Miller holds ’em in

‘Miller stopped 25 Hurricanes shots while Ward turned aside 29 from the Sabres. So which rookie goalie will lead his team to a berth in the Stanley Cup final against the Edmonton Oilers? The way this roller-coaster series has played itself out, all bets should definitely off.’

Weight’s back up over call

‘”I take responsibility,” he said, “but it was a bad penalty. It’s crap. He has done it three or four times in the series. It has only been called a couple of times, but I guess he was successful at the right time. And then you see guys on the bench giving him pats on the back for that. I’ll be out to make amends (tomorrow).”‘

Sabres force Game 7

‘On this night, the Sabres got a few lucky breaks.’

Plucky Sabres refuse to lose

‘The Buffalo season has been to a large degree a story of lesser players upgrading their play to fill holes, and in the post-season that has particularly applied to the blueline corps that was healthy all year but is suddenly pockmarked with injuries.’

Canes struggle to get noticed

‘As fans quickly filtered out for the certain traffic jam that awaited them in the parking lot, they were informed that there were still lots of tickets remaining for Game 7 tomorrow night.’

Buffalo sends series to Game 7

‘Both Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette and Weight disagreed with the penalty call that occurred in the corner of Buffalo’s end. “I wholeheartedly disagree with the original call and wholeheartedly disagree with the two missed calls [in overtime],” Laviolette said.’

Fired-up Sabres have become a team of many heroes

‘The difference between last night’s game and the previous one is that the Sabres were much more physical.’

Sabres rely on goaltending while waiting for offence to click

‘Once again, the Buffalo Sabres could not capitalize on most of their scoring opportunities, but they are alive today because their goaltender, Ryan Miller, would not let the Carolina Hurricanes capitalize on theirs.’

Sabres send series back to Carolina

‘So when the puck dropped to last night’s must-win game for the Sabres, the feeling was mutual: This one was Buffalo’s to lose. The Sabres didn’t.’

‘Special bond’ keeps Sabres’ hopes alive

‘”They came at us with their backs against the wall and we didn’t respond,” Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’re going to have to be a lot sharper than that.”‘

Numminen gets broadsided by media frenzy

‘”You can’t fill in his shoes. We’ve got guys who are stepping in and playing great for us — you can’t fault anything they’re doing — but you can’t simply replace a guy with all the experience he has, and the outlet passes he makes, and the offence he brings.”‘