'“I didn’t go to the draft. I was at a skating camp in Penticton, British Columbia. I really didn’t feel I was going to get drafted. I had broken a leg the year before and only played in 24 games (with Lethbridge). I don’t even remember who told me told me, if it was one of my parents or someone from the club, that I was drafted.”'
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'Vanek, 20, conceded the Sabres can change his mind, and he appears to be in a strong negotiating position.'
'Vanek told The Associated Press on Monday that the Sabres have contacted his family advisers, but the team has yet to speak to him and make an offer. “They've been talking a little bit, but I don't think it's anything major,'' said Vanek. “As of right now, I'm pretty set coming back to Minnesota unless the Sabres come to me and give me an offer. But that's not in my hands, and I can't worry about that.'''
'Ever the competitor, Miller predicted the Amerks could bounce back again, and he wants to be the one on the ice while the do it. "It leaves us in another interesting situation, but we have been full of that this year," Miller said. "There's no telling how it can go if we get on a roll."'
'"We're taking a hard look at what we've done in the past," said spokesperson Mike Gilbert, alluding to time spent with focus groups and on-going phone market research.'
'The Amerks certainly have reason to be confident. They have outplayed the Admirals in every game, yet trail 3-1. Rochester outshot Milwaukee 41-29 on Saturday but lost 2-1 in overtime. On Sunday, the Amerks had a 37-24 edge in shots, but lost again. And again because of Flaherty.'
'”The biggest thing in the playoffs is if you don’t bury your chances and you don’t capitalize on the power play, you’re not going to win,” center Chris Taylor said. Said captain Domenic Pittis: “We feel we’ve taken the play to them but it’s a case of obviously not bearing down on our chances.”'
'Rochester, which had to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the opening round of the playoffs to knock off Syracuse, must win three straight games to reach the Calder Cup finals. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday night at the Americans' home rink in Rochester, and Games 6 and 7, if necessary, would be played at the Bradley Center.'
'The Americans sprinted to the 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by David Cullen at 9:49 and Steve Lingren at 13:42.'
'Ryan Miller surrendered all three goals on 24 shots in defeat.'