'It makes you wonder why the Sabres couldn't find room for a veteran leader and consistent scorer. In 2000, Andreychuk thought he could boost a struggling power play and make a difference on a good team missing a few pieces. Who knows, he thought, maybe they could win it all. Instead, his second stint was basically a disaster.'
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'"Everybody knows it was not a goal," Warrener said. "I don't know if now is the time to get into it. Just be honest. [The league] should admit they made a mistake. As far as I'm concerned, I don't think we lost that game."'
'Quinn added that the team will continue planning as if next season will start on time and has made no plans yet to cut staff. Quinn said the only job losses so far have come through attrition, in which employees left after finding opportunities elsewhere.'
'Even more frustrating is knowing the season could have been so much more fulfilling, if not for the amazing play of a 15th-year goalie and one decision in each of the past three games by the referee.'
'After several distressing seasons down on the farm, the parent Buffalo Sabres made good on their promise to put a winner back on the ice in Rochester. This was a fun team with plenty of talent and character, if not the complete package.'
'Miller was perhaps on the verge of being the backup for Game 5 after he allowed two soft goals in a 3-2 loss in Game 4 on Sunday. But in all likelihood, Cunneyworth was going to stick with Miller. The second-year goalie wasn’t at fault on the goals Wednesday (the last was into an empty net). Still, he thought he should have stopped at least one solo dash that led to goals, by Vernon Fiddler to break a scoreless tie at 14:32 of the first period, or the winning goal by Greg Classen at 19:41 of the first.'
'The series spotlight, however, belonged to Flaherty, who saved 119 of 123 shots in the three games the Admirals won in Buffalo and Rochester during the past week. Flaherty again knocked away or caught everything thrown at him, with the exception of a late first-period goal by Americans center Derek Roy. "I played with him before (with the New York Islanders), and I knew he was a good goaltender," said Admirals veteran center Tony Hrkac.
'Flaherty made the difference in the series. The Americans outshot Milwaukee 123-74 in Games 3, 4 and 5 but were outscored 9-4 and lost each game.'
'Derek Roy scored the lone goal for Rochester, which dropped three straight games after tying the series at one game apiece on Thursday.'
'Wade Flaherty was again the story making 44 saves while Ryan Miller only stopped 18 for Rochester.'