'If there is one thing that makes Cechmanek even a little uncomfortable, it is the unavoidable comparison with his countryman, Buffalo's Dominik Hasek, whom Cechmanek yesterday noted has been for several years "the best goalie in hockey."'
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'Cechmanek appears to be the only doubt in the Sabres' minds heading into the series. "We know we can skate with them. Special-teams wise, we can definitely play with them," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "The one thing we have to do is get to that goaltender." And if they can solve Cechmanek, watch out.'
'As a franchise that is thoroughly experienced in the business of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers know it's all about the preparation. And so, they made their final lists yesterday as they waited for the arrival of the Buffalo Sabres. Torn nets. . .check. Quick whistles. . .check.'
'Told of rival goalie Dominik Hasek's comments – "I see many places to score (on Cechmanek). . .I don't see any reason why we shouldn't score two, three, maybe four goals a game'' – Cechmanek basically stifled a yawn and responded, "I think it will be an interesting first game.'' Interesting, indeed.'
'Keep in mind, Dominik Hasek may have lost all four games to the Flyers this year, but he has a way of standing on his head in the playoffs.'
'In fact, after getting whacked in the side of the head by a cup full of beer following Game 5 of last year's playoff series at the First Union Center, Ruff isn't about to spend any idle time here at all.'
'Lately, the Flyers' offense has come close to falling off the table. In their past nine games and with top center Keith Primeau sidelined with a knee injury, the Flyers have scored 18 times.'
'Barber replaced Craig Ramsay Dec. 10, with the Flyers 12-12-4 and literally retreating, as per their coach's passive philosophy. Under Barber, they won 31 games and lost 13, finished with 100 points and earned at least one postseason round of home-ice edge. To do that, Barber had to keep his side stable through a trade-deadline circus involving the unsigned Eric Lindros, had to overcome serious injuries to key players and had to have the courage to conclude Brian Boucher's fine 2000 postseason was more a mirage than a miracle.'
'They have it all figured out over in the Czech Republic. "I get e-mails and I read the newspapers on the Internet every day," Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Roman Cechmanek said. "The Czech newspapers write, 'Who is going to be better? Dominik [Hasek] or me?' Same thing you write." Well? "See you in two weeks," Cechmanek said.'
'The first thing to know about the masked men for the Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres is they are great goaltenders. The second thing to know is they aren't from around here. Not geographically. Not stylistically, either.'