'Buffalo has met both Washington and Pittsburgh only one time each in the playoffs, losing both series. Washington eliminated the Sabres in six games in the 1998 Eastern Conference finals. Pittsburgh knocked out Buffalo in a best-of-three first-round series in 1979.'
Archives for April 22, 2001
There was blood in Vaclav Varada's eyes as he stared down Chris Therien and muttered under his breath, his teeth clenched. There was a smile on Therien's face. Sabres-Flyers Game 6 "Clearing the Crease"…
Who would have thunk it? No one in their right mind would ever dream of the scenario that transpired at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo on a warm April Saturday afternoon. EIGHT TO NOTHING! "What are you on drugs," would have been the question shot back at anyone predicting such an outlandish score. But 8-0 was the final score of the finale in the opening round between the Buffalo Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers. No, this is not a joke!
Erik Rasmussen, separated right shoulder and all, bangs Eric Desjardins helmet-first into the ledge of the boards behind the Flyer net. Half-submarines Keith Primeau along the right-wing wall to buy some time for James Patrick to scream a shot just wide from the point. Collides with Chris Therien in the corner to set the pylons on edge. The game is 49 seconds old.
'Only two questions remained after the sixth goal: Would the Sabres kick the extra point or go for two? Would goalie Dominik Hasek complete his sixth playoff shutout? They went for two, and Hasek stopped 24 shots.'
'"I think that this game, it was a bad dream," Cechmanek said, in even tones, from his stall in the visitors dressing room at HSBC Arena. "We don't play good. That's it. The series is done."'
'Led by a couple of 37-year-old youngsters, Gilmour and Dave Andreychuk, the Sabres had dominated from the opening faceoff and were well on their way to a series-clinching, 8-0 victory.'
'"I thought he was awesome. I thought he was flying," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said of the heavy-footed Andreychuk before pausing for comedic effect. "I mean, I thought he was going pretty good in the first."'
'Donner has not been satisfied with the working agreement with the Sabres, mainly because he believes the Sabres should absorb more of the developmental costs.'
'"It's inconceivable, but it became possible," Keith Primeau said. "They had a game plan to come out and thoroughly beat us, and that is just what they did."'