Archives for April 2007

One team, one goal, no razors

'They’re called playoff beards. Or, around these parts, Sabeards.'

Sabres save best for last

'"Honestly, I don't know if we deserved to be in the situation that we were in after two periods," left wing Dainius Zubrus said. But 24 seconds into the third, they didn't waste their chance.'

Sabres report

'Sabres coach Lindy Ruff again praised Zubrus' physical play and ability to control the puck. Ruff pointed to Zubrus' play with the puck behind the Rangers' net late in the third, when he held off two Rangers to run valuable seconds off the clock. "I can't say enough about Zubrus and what he's doing out there," defenseman Brian Campbell said. "He's a good example for everybody to follow. He's a horse hanging onto the pucks and taking guys out."'

Rally is right on time for Sabres

‘The Buffalo Sabres apparently are so good they only need to play one solid period of hockey to beat the New York Rangers. That was the case on Friday anyway.’

Chalk up another for ol&#8217 man Lindy

‘Not surprising, ol’ man Lindy made changes between the second and third periods, pushing Afinogenov to the fourth line with Tim Connolly and Adam Mair. Hard-working rookie Drew Stafford returned to the spot on Vanek and Roy’s line he occupied while Afinogenov healed his broken wrist. And wouldn’t you know it? Wisdom won again.’

Rozsival returns, and plays big minutes

‘Rozsival finished the game with two seconds shy of 25 minutes on the ice.’

Saturday’s New York Coverage

After 2 Solid Periods, Defense Betrays Rangers (New York Times)

Fewer Penalties for Rangers but Same Result (New York Times)

Rangers give ’em 2 (New York Daily News)

Game 2 slips away (New York Post)

Tough loss, but don’t sing blues just yet (New York Post)

40 minutes isn’t enough for win (New York Newsday)

No. 2 needs to be the one (New York Newsday)

Make no mistake: this victory was squarely in Miller’s glove (New York Newsday)

Injured Rozsival soldiers on (New York Newsday)

Sabres thwart Rangers (White Plains Journal News)

Rozsival returns to the ice for Rangers (White Plains Journal News)

Sabres rally past Rangers (Newark Star Ledger)

Malik mistake proves costly (Newark Star Ledger)

Rangers-Sabres Game 2 recap (Newark Star Ledger)

Fans invited back on the bus to support Rangers (

Rangers daily prospect update (

Third-period surge carries Buffalo to 3-2 win (

No stopping the Sabres

‘”Maybe we thought this was a little too easy,” Drury said. “When you can squeeze out a win playing one good period it’s nice, but it’s also living dangerously.”‘

Rangers fall by the Swords

‘”Maybe (goalie Ryan Miller) will have a bad day,” a hopeful Jagr said prior to Game 2. “Maybe he’ll have some bad dreams.” But it’s the Rangers having nightmares now after they outshot Buffalo 33-18 and still lost 3-2 to fall behind 2-0 in the Eastern Conference semi-final. Jagr, who was foiled by Miller with 1:36 to play, has been held to an assist thus far.’

Boys from Broadway a flop

‘But if you look past the shots-on-goal totals and Jaromir Jagr’s frustrations in trying to solve Miller, when the game was really on the line, it was the Sabres who outplayed the Boys from Broadway.’

Sabres barely pull out victory

‘”We felt that we had to come out in the third period and throw anything at the net,” Drury added. “It was nice [to pull out the win]. You’re not going to play your best game every night.”‘

Buffalo overcomes awful start

‘Buffalo, which should have lost the game, now travels to New York leading this best-ofseven Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-0. “These are the type of games you have to win sometimes,” said Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. “But by no means, is this series over.”‘

Sabres take a 2-0 lead

‘Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller sealed the win with a lunging save on Jaromir Jagr with about two minutes left, and a sprawling stop on Paul Mara with 90 seconds to go and New York on the power play with Daniel Briere off.’

A Sabres win, but just barely

‘This is one trait of Sabre-ism. They love to play with matches, and sometimes they get burned. But usually they only singe their eyebrows, just enough to get their own attention.’

Patrick takin’ low road

‘”It’s like playing in a Canadian city during the playoffs. It’s absolutely crazy — has been all year,” Patrick said prior to Game 2 between his Sabres and the New York Rangers last night. “It’s a takeoff from last year’s playoffs. It has not stopped, and has just gotten crazier and crazier. I mean, it is the No. 1 story every day on the news, in the paper. Every house has a Sabres flag. Every car has a flag or a banner on it. You go to the mall, every store has a Sabres display. People never discussed hockey (before). It’s gone crazy.”‘