'"You try to battle and give yourselves a chance to come back," Essensa said, "and we were able to do that (by scoring at the start of the third). We just fell one opportunity and one goal short of making it a pretty good ballgame."'
Archives for November 14, 2001
'If that's supposed to mean the NHL is watching Varada more closely, well then good for the league. And if that's supposed to mean opponents are going to take aim at Varada, well that's to be expected. Either players accept the concept of mutual respect or it's time to scrap the instigator penalty and return to Frontier justice. There's a fine line between playing the game hard and playing it dirty, but nonetheless there's a line.'
'"Those types of things build character, team character. You care for each other or you don't care for each other."'
'The biggest happening in the Predators' 4-1 win over Buffalo might have come just three minutes into the contest, and it had nothing to do with a Nashville goal. Instead, it was Predators goalie Mike Dunham who came up large, as he stopped Buffalo's Chris Gratton on a breakaway, blocking Gratton's initial shot with his hip and sprawling in the crease to cover the rebound. The save not only kept the Sabres from grabbing an early lead, but boosted the confidence of Dunham, who has been looking to find the consistently high level of play he displayed last season.'
'They limited Buffalo to just 20 shots and successfully defended all seven short-handed situations they faced – their second-best penalty killing performance of the season.'
'"You demand that every player has to be on every shift," Ruff said. "You can't take one point for granted. I didn't like the goal they scored, so I pulled Biron."'
'"Some guys just didn't have it tonight, and I think we had a few guys who were passengers," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "I thought Dunham made five or six great saves. It was a very low-chance game. He had big saves and he outdueled our guy."'