What better way to show your respects to your former team than to score an overtime goal against them in the Stanley Cup playoffs? That is exactly what Stu Barnes did Saturday afternoon in Buffalo. Stu Barnes ripped a shot off the cross bar that got behind Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie Johan Hedberg 8:34 into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 sudden death victory over the Penguins. With the exciting victory, the Sabres take a 3-2 lead in games heading back to Pittsburgh for Game 6 on Tuesday.
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The Sabres will make franchise history in the next four days, one way or the other. If the Sabres win the series, they will be the first team in their history to come back from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series. If they drop the last two games, they'll be the first to lose a 3-2 series lead.
Again, Lindy is the better coach in this series. He is proving the point over and over again that the team that has depth is the team that you have to watch out for. He is constantly rolling his four lines, and you don't know where the goals are going to come from.
'Heinze is always quick to smile and offer some self-deprecating humor. But here he offers a trace of melancholy. He's fighting right along with the rest of the Sabres and enjoying a gratifying playoff run, but there's a touch of regret for what has passed in Columbus and a bit of apprehension about what lies ahead in free agency. He is in one of the most unsettling stages of an NHL career.'
'For a team that keeps repeating history, the Pittsburgh Penguins don't seem to learn from it.'
The Sabres were down 2-0. Their power play was 0-4. They had exactly one goal in over seven periods at home against Johan Hedberg and the Penguins, who both suddenly looked unbeatable again. And there was Super Mario playing like someone deserving of a Selke, not a Hart, Trophy. It got eerily quiet in HSBC Arena.
It was a given that the Penguins would go to their superstars, Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, in the pivotal swing game of the series. Lindy Ruff had to thus rely on his defensive ace to match up and contain the two — and Curtis Brown excelled in perhaps his best outing of the playoffs.
'"We didn't play the first the way we wanted to," Barnes said. "We got away from what made us successful. We turned a lot of pucks over and against that team you just can't do that. They're going to score goals."'
'Though Jagr had the game's first goal, off a pinpoint pass from Mario Lemieux, he seemed frustrated by the attention Brown paid him.'
'"I thought we had the game in our hands – I thought we were going to win the game," Jagr said. Darius Kasparitis concurred: "We were up, 2-0, and I thought, "We've got the game.'"'