'If not for the play of Straka, Lang and Kovalev, there would be no Game 7. The trio combined for seven points in a 3-2 win in Game 6 at Mellon Arena, including Straka's game-winner in overtime.'
Archives for May 10, 2001
'For 20 guys on one side, they'll remember it as the game that sent them one step closer to the Stanley Cup. For the other 20, it will be the game that saw a promising playoff run come to an end. It's beautiful, it's cruel, it's game seven. And there's nothing like it.'
All the eyes of the hockey world will be riveted to the drama ready to unfold in Western New York. As the third and final Game 7 of the Conference Semifinals, the deciding game of the Penguins-Sabres series is chock-full of intrigue and anxiety for each squad.
This Sabres team will tell us a lot about itself tonight. Are they a team that will be able to look past this setup with a quiet confidence and come out and win at home? Are they a team that is like that girl or guy who builds you up, makes you feel close to them and then leaves you feeling empty?
'The Sabres will be playing the fifth Game Seven in their history. The previous four have been decided by one goal. Two ended in overtime, as have the last two games in this series.'
'"Deep down inside, it just wouldn't have been right if it went the other way," he said after Wednesday's optional practice at Mellon Arena. "With our team . . . like, we have to win."'
'Forget about Game Six. If the Sabres lose this series, it won't be because a puck took a weird bounce in Game Six. It'll be because they couldn't measure up to the game's ultimate test – a Game Seven. If they're a real Stanley Cup contender, they'll win tonight.'
'April 29, 1997 – Sabres 3, Senators 2 (OT) Derek Plante ties it in regulation and wins it in overtime as the Sabres win a Game Seven for the first time ever.'
'Buffalo doesn't have a forward like Lemieux or Jagr — although Stu Barnes and Donald Audette and Miroslav Satan, among others, are some big-time talents — but does have a goaltender fully capable of winning Game 7 almost single-handedly.'
'Now, each man has a record of 3-3 in the series. Hedberg has allowed 15 goals, Hasek 13. Hedberg has stopped 90.2 percent of the shots he has faced, Hasek 90.9 percent. Each goaltender has held the other team to two goals or less three times and, in doing so, won the game each time.'