'Jagr spent about 20 minutes on the ice testing his skating ability during an optional practice Friday. Afterward, he complained of soreness, saying it was especially difficult making tight turns as well as stopping and starting.'
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'Although it might be just another NHL playoff matchup in the United States, Czechs watching their heroes on TV at Jagr's Sports Bar consider the Pittsburgh Penguins' series against the Buffalo Sabres the hockey battle of the year.'
The injury report is in. Jaromir Jagr is day to day with a charley horse. Erik Rasmussen is questionable with a separated shoulder. Richard Smehlik is up in the air with a bad foot. And the pointy-nosed penguin over Johan Hedberg's chest is doubtful for Game 2 with a banged-up beak, a bruised breast and a bloodshot eyeball.
'The real reason the Buffalo Sabres lost 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals was because of poor judgment – especially in the offensive zone.'
‘Forward Stu Barnes added, “The reason we lost was careless errors. We gave up too many odd-man rushes.”‘
‘Saturday’s game will be key. After a 3-0 loss at home, I don’t know what else would have to happen for us to realize we really need to kick it into high gear here. We’re down one game with another game at home.’
‘”It gives us confidence, scoring first,” Lemieux said. “And the way we’ve been playing defense, that’s to our advantage. The way (goalie Johan) Hedberg has been playing, if we get two or three (goals) … that should be enough.”‘
'Guess who scored the only goal required Thursday night in the Pens' 3-0 victory over the Sabres in Game One of the Eastern Conference semifinals? Lemieux. Guess who set him up with a perfect pass? Jagr.'
'"He's been unbelieveable for us," Kasparaitis said. "It has to be 20-guy effort but tonight it was one guy. My hat's off to Yo-Yo because he played great. And hopefully he's going to play like that because we need good goaltending. Yo-Yo, nobody knows him, but he's becoming a good goalie, especially in the playoffs."'
'In fact, it probably was Dominik Hasek's best game of this postseason. Still, it wasn't enough.'