'"After the game, I was nervous," Cechmanek said quietly yesterday. "We lost. I wanted to be prepared, and I felt I was not as prepared. I don't know. The whole team must play better than we played. We did not play like this the whole season."'
Archives for April 16, 2001
'Center Curtis Brown is single-handedly killing the Flyers. He has won 60 percent of his face-offs (35 of 58) and is plus-2 in the series with a goal.'
'But the Sabres also have been resilient, and unlike the Flyers, who suffered injuries and sputtered into the postseason, Buffalo came in having won 10 of its last 13 games – including that season-ending loss to the Flyers in which the Sabres built a 37-17 shots edge.'
'The greatest fear about Bill Barber's Flyers is two losses away from becoming an undeniable truth. The fear was that the Flyers would wear themselves out overachieving in the regular season. That they would exhaust themselves extracting every last point they could.'
'Barber is pulling out all the stops – he posted a Fred Shero quote in the visiting locker room yesterday – and he said he certainly would welcome Primeau back to the lineup, as this Flyers team tries to become the third in franchise history to win a series after losing the first two games. But Barber also cautioned that Primeau hardly can be expected to step in cold tonight and turn the series around.'
'Getting Primeau back should help in several areas. One, he's their best clutch faceoff man and the Flyers have been slow off the draw without him. In Game 2, the Sabres won 57 percent of the time.'
'"He's very good on faceoffs and size-wise, down low, he gives you another big body to deal with,'' Ruff said after yesterday's practice. "He may free up those other guys (Mark Recchi, Simon Gagne) and give them a little more time.'''
‘Ask congenial Buffalo forward Vaclav Varada what his favorite pastime is, however, and bothering John LeClair would be right near the top of the list.’
'Though they have accepted multiple changes of players, coaches and media-guide cover figures, these Flyers represent the final stand of a noble project nearing collapse.'
‘Clarke said the difference in his club without its top center has been obvious in the first two losing games of a best-of-seven war with the Sabres. He also thinks the Flyers would have been able to sustain Primeau’s injury much better had unsigned Eric Lindros made himself available this season.’