'"I think we backed off a little bit every time we've had the lead,'' he said. "So far in the playoffs, we tend to think that's going to be enough for us to win the game. Whereas before, we always tried to get that second or third goal to put the game away early."'
Archives for May 8, 2001
The media and fans in Pittsburgh have started to doubt their Penguins. They have begun throwing away their moose antlers, and they have started thinking more about baseball and the opening of NFL training camp. However, as a team the Penguins have a lot more pride and heart to start doubting themselves.
The proverbial wall has two teams pressing their backs against it, albeit with different degrees of pressure.
Arriving late that night back in Buffalo, the Sabres were welcomed home with cheers and congratulations by close to 5,000 adoring fans. The excitement and anticipation of the team's first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, after just five years in existence, would grow to a fever pitch in the days to follow.
'The Sabres can eliminate the Pens with a win tonight in Game Six in Mellon Arena (7, Empire, Ch. 5, 107.7 FM, 1330 AM). Game Seven is certainly there if necessary, but they want nothing to do with Pittsburgh coming back to Buffalo Thursday. So tonight is the night.'
'Peca, the Sabres' unsigned restricted free agent, is back in Western New York with a broken face. He sustained three fractures in his left cheek while playing for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship in Germany.'
'After 18 years in the NHL, after 1,100 regular-season and 176 playoff games, Patrick is enjoying the game more than ever. The Sabres' defenseman appreciates every moment, every practice, every little nuance of being a pro athlete.'
'"I don't have an answer for it. For sure it was a mistake, especially if you are up, 2-1, and you think you can do something more, and then they score the second one. It was a mistake, for sure," first-year Penguins coach Ivan Hlinka said of putting out a power-play unit comprised of five forwards – and therefore no defensemen – midway through Saturday's third period.'
'The Buffalo Sabres coach said even though forward Erik Rasmussen has been cleared to play, there likely won't be any changes made to the Sabres' lineup tonight for Game Six of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.'
'These veterans of playoff wars gone by hold the key for the Penguins tonight. For several important role players, like Ference, Aleksey Morozov and Milan Kraft, this is their first trip into the lion's den. They may think it's routine, but they won't once it's over. Win or lose.'