'Philadelphia has never won a playoff series after trailing 3-1.'
Archives for April 18, 2001
In overtime, showing the patience of Jobe, the virtuous Curtis Brown, to no one's surprise, looks upstairs for salvation. After he finds it, he gallops down the ice with some help from jockey Jay McKee's whip to the backside and photo-finishes past Dominik Hasek, who is spinning on the ice — where else?! — along the Buffalo blue line. Out of nowhere comes one of the most joyful moments — defining or otherwise — in Sabres' history.
'Added Flyers' coach Bill Barber, "One team would turn it on, and five minutes later it's the other way around. I have no idea why it's happening. I don't know what to say."'
'But the reality is, Brown saved Buffalo's bacon. You see, after the Sabres tallied two goals in the initial 2:18 of the game – the second fastest pair of game-opening scores in Buffalo playoff history – coach Lindy Ruff's team began playing as if this one was over.'
'"I know the stats are there," Sabres defenseman Jay McKee said. "Everyone is going to start looking at the odds now of them coming back. But either team could have won all four games that we've played so far. By no means have we walked away with any game. It looks like it's in our favor, but we have to go out and work the way that we are."'
'But after Philadelphia battled back from a 2-0 first-period deficit and a 3-2 third-period deficit only to lose in overtime Tuesday night, the Flyers' luck, if not their pluck, appears to have run out.'
'The most remarkable thing wasn't the way Curtis Brown swept out in front of the net with the puck on his stick, or the wicked wrist shot he fired into the top of the net for the game-winner. The real wonder of it was that Brown even had a stick at all.'
'Ask him about how sweet it must feel to repeatedly stick it to a team he has bad memories of playing for and he will dismiss any such notion.'
There was no doubt that the Sabres' new defensive ace was on a mission last night, not only to contain the Flyers' top guns but to burn them offensively with chances of his own.
'The Sabres took leads, then did everything they could to let the Flyers back into the game. Philadelphia shut down Buffalo's power play and scored a short-handed goal in the third period to force the overtime.'