Nothing's what it seems in East finals


'Numminen has been suffering from a hip pointer and played just 4:13 on Tuesday, but remained on the bench in full gear for the duration of the game. With the shaky performances of Jeff Jillson and Doug Janik earlier in the series, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff has had to rely heavily on Jay McKee, Brian Campbell, Toni Lydman and, in Game 6, Rory Fitzpatrick, who played a startling 25:17 and was minus-1. One has to imagine that at some point, and let's say for argument sake it's Game 7, that has to catch up with the Sabres.'