'"What's good about this is the other times we've played here we've been intimidated and let them dictate play," said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who finished with 32 saves in earning his first road win since March 14. "We did a good job tonight of sticking to the system."'
Archives for April 9, 2006
'"We don't know for sure," coach Lindy Ruff said. "It could be part of the concussion, and as a precaution we wanted to keep him out. He said he didn't feel right, so we didn't want to take any chances. Let's have the doctors consult over it and find out exactly what it is."'
'Overall, however, the Sabres played a strong game and beat a team they should have beat. I say this not because Ottawa is a bad team, they are far from that. However, the Sens are depleted with injuries: Redden, Chara, Havlat, Hasek and Phillips were all out of the lineup and goalie Ray Emery just looked worn out.'
'Sabres' coach Lindy Ruff understandably went ballistic after the game, calling for Tucker's suspension. Incredibly, the NHL's Lord of Discipline, Colin Campbell, found nothing wrong with Tucker's head-hunting. Truth is, the knee-on-knee seemed the unintentional result of the blow to the head. The intended target was Hecht's head. And that's our rant. When is the NHL going to protect its players from reckless, intentional, head shots?'
‘“It can be used strategically. I know some teams complain that we’ve got some forwards that dive. But if a guy is leaning on you enough that he’s slowing down your stride, I don’t have a problem with a guy going down on a knee,” he said. “There are some calls that go missed. If a guy gets a hook in one of our forwards and the refs don’t see it and they go down to a knee, he might see that there’s a hook there.”’
Sloppy against Sabres (Ottawa Citizen)
Hasek happy to be back in line of fire (Ottawa Citizen)
Senators ignore signs (Ottawa Citizen)
New surroundings bring out old Heatley (Ottawa Citizen)
Sens hit the skids (Ottawa Sun)
Giant step for Dom (Ottawa Sun)
Sens need to tidy house (Ottawa Sun)
Game Story (Ottawa Sun)
‘Ryan Miller was solid in net for the Sabres, making 30 saves. Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff was pleased with the way Miller rebounded from Friday’s loss with a strong effort. “I liked the way he played the game,” said Ruff. “He really had a sound game. I’m getting happy with where the team’s at right now.”‘
‘The Sabres looked like the more rested of the two teams despite coming off a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Friday night. The Senators made a number of mistakes and the Sabres capitalized.’
‘Chris Drury, Taylor Pyatt, Jay McKee and Dmitri Kalinin all lit the lamp for the Sabres, who are now five points behind Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead. Ryan Miller conceded just two goals on 34 shots in the win.’
‘The Sabres are now 48-24-6 and have 102 points. They only to pick up three more points, or have Philadelphia lose three points to clinch fourth place in the confrence and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Buffalo’s 48 wins this season ties the 1983-84 team for second most wins in franchise history. The record is held by the 74-75 squad with 49.’