‘Grumpy’ Wesley sheds his seasoned-veteran veneer and gets into a youthful moment

‘But for Wesley, who has failed to win a Stanley Cup in 17 years, it is all about enjoying what could be his final season. “The biggest thing we’ve talked about it is to enjoy this,” he said. “Enjoy the experience.”‘

Briere gives Sabres a life

‘And while they talk about desperation hockey, the Sabres play with the composure of brain surgeons. “We were calm and we just knew the way we were playing we would get a bounce,” said Briere. “I wasn’t even nervous in the last few minutes when they scored.”‘

Sabres push it the distance

‘But the Sabres seem to play their best when everyone else has abandoned them.’

Buffalo gets bounces, breaks

‘Credit to them. The Sabres — a team could have quit after a crushing overtime loss in Game 5 on Sunday — came out so pumped they could have skated on sand.’

Sabres simply refuse to fold

‘”We threw everything we had at [Ward],” McKee said. “But he played strong. Both goaltenders had great games.”‘

Canes rail on refs

‘”To have that called against you in overtime is disappointing,” Hedican said. “And then Williams has the puck at the blue line and gets hauled down with no call. It’s obviously a disappointing way to lose.” Said Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward of the officials: “I’d be running for the Zamboni doors too. It’s unbelievable.”‘

Wednesday’s Carolina Coverage

Canes facing last shot (Raleigh News and Observer)

Buffalo gets bounces, breaks (Raleigh News and Observer)

Sabres simply refuse to fold (Raleigh News and Observer)

Canes rail on refs (Raleigh News and Observer)

Elmo elbows Canes aside at RBC Center (Raleigh News and Observer)

Canes vs. Sabres Game 6 – Stuff The Buff (WRBZ-AM)

Hockey a leap of faith for Wesley, Ward (NHL.com)

Sabres Let Carolina Back in, but Only for a Few Minutes

‘But as their other co-captain, Chris Drury, said, “We always just seem to find a way.”‘

Sabres stay alive with 2-1 overtime win over Hurricanes

‘Ruff confirmed that Numminen has a hip flexor injury. “It’s been feeling better,” Ruff said. “I spent a few minutes talking to him after the warm-up. I guess it was risky (to use him), but he felt he could play. And if a veteran like that feels he can play, you play him.”‘

Carolina’s defeat falls on Weight after penalty

‘The ‘Canes were made more upset by the fact that Briere seemed to trip Carolina forward Justin Williams right before he scored. “If you are going to call the first one, then call the next one,” Weight said. “It seemed like an easy call to make.”‘

Hurricanes foiled in OT

‘”I don’t know what you’d call it. I just thought it was a gutsy performance with the five ‘D’ and guys blocking shots and … Ten of our last 11 have been one goal games. These guys just keep pushing through.”’

Sabres force showdown

‘Game 6 came down to a bounce or two, a penalty call and a non-call or two.’

Sabres thwart history, force Game 7 with home victory

‘All it took was a lot of desperation, a refusal to look back and most important, a little bit of luck.’

Sabres speak no evil on verge of elimination

‘”You always want to finish it up as soon as you can because nobody wants to get pushed to a Game 7,” Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. “Their backs are against the wall and we have to have that same mentality.”‘

Sabres keep hope alive

‘Overcoming hardship is part of the lore of being a Buffalo Sabre. If a Sabre can survive Brett Hull’s controversial winning goal, bankruptcy and the dreariness of downtown Buffalo, losing half your defensemen to injuries deep in the playoffs is just a minor blip in Sabres history.’