'The Sabres solved the lock at Pittsburgh simply by avoiding it, flipping or banking the puck over the Penguins defensemen and into the offensive zone. They also changed their shooting angles on goalie Johan Hedberg, forcing him to move from side to side rather than allowing him to square-up to play straight-on shots.'
Archives for May 3, 2001
What a turnaround! The Buffalo Sabres blasted the Pittsburgh Penguins out of their own rink Wednesday night by embarrassing the Pens 5-2 before 17,148 shocked fans in the Mellon Arena. After losing their first two games at home, the Sabres came back and stuck it to the Pens to tie the series at 2-2. And who says having home ice advantage is really an advantage? In this series, it has been the road team with the definite edge.
Dominik Hasek would be 4-4 if not for Mats Sundin's goal in Game 4 of the 1999 Eastern Conference finals at the Marena. With the Sabres up 5-0 with 13 minutes left in the third period, Hasek chose not to aggressively challenge Sundin.
‘Just three days ago, it looked like the Sabres were done. They had dropped the first two games at home and looked bad doing so. It seemed like it was a matter of when, not if, the Penguins would end Buffalo’s season. But in the past three nights, the Sabres have played a pair of stellar hockey games to claw their way back into the series. And they’ve done so with their offense.’
'As was the case in Game 3, a 4-1 loss that saw the Pens outscored 3-0 in the final 20 minutes, the Sabres dominated the final period last night to win their second straight after dropping Games 1 and 2 at home. The Pens were outshot 11-3 and thoroughly outplayed in the third period.'
'If the Sabres go on to win this series and advance to the conference final, they may have Hasek to thank. "The Dominator" stacked his pads and stuffed Straka's low backhander with 11:53 to play.'
Dominik Hasek stacks his pads in the third period and maybe saves the Sabres' season. But which save was it?
'The series is now even at two games apiece, but the momentum belongs to Buffalo.'
'But Pittsburgh's collective memory went blank Wednesday night after the Buffalo Sabres earned a 5-2 victory to even the second-round series at 2-2. Last year's disappointment, so vivid and significant four days ago, now means nothing, according to Mario Lemieux and crew.'
'"I'm thinking to myself, "I'm glad Dominik Hasek is my goalie' " Warrener said. "I really was. He's got to be one of the best ever, one on one. We had a lot of confidence in him, and he showed us why."'