‘“Ryan has been very good his last starts,” said Ruff, who answers every query about Miller by throwing Biron in the mix. “Marty’s game in Carolina was exactly what we wanted to see. Obviously, we don’t have a lot of postseason experience in that sense, but there are a lot of players that don’t. We got here we that experience and I think it’s going to shine through for us.”’
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'"Everybody was thinking we were just a team that, if we were lucky, we were going to be battling for a playoff spot," the Sabres co-captain said. "But we showed that we belonged with the best, and it's the same attitude that we're going to bring to the playoffs."'
'The Buffalo Sabres tell 7 NEWS that Saturday Night's playoff opener at HSBC Arena is a virtual sellout and that only single tickets remain for the game.'
‘This will be Ryan Miller’s first time as a No. 1 goalie in the playoffs, but Buffalo has a solid backup in Martin Biron. Plus, the Sabres have excellent special teams and rank among the league leaders in both power play and penalty kill. All elements that could lead them to the Stanley Cup Finals.’
‘”For the way our young guys performed all year, there’s not one ounce of me that’s worried how they’re going to perform come playoff time,” Drury said. “They’ve all contributed in huge ways. I know they’ll be ready.”‘
‘”To finally get a chance, I’m extremely excited,” Connolly said. “It’s something I’ve been waiting for a long time. To have the chance with the team we have here, we’re all really excited.”‘
‘”You look at the beginning of the year, everybody was thinking that we were a team that, if we were lucky, we would be battling for a playoff spot in the end,” Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere said. “That wasn’t good enough for us. We found a way to clinch early and only finished three points behind Ottawa. We showed we belonged with the best. It’s the same attitude that we’re going to bring to the playoffs.”‘
‘”That’s what makes us a good team,” said Sabres winger J.P. Dumont. “We have the four lines that can go at it and score some big goals. We know that we need all 20 guys, and some nights some guys are going to be hotter than others.”‘
‘The Sabres enter the postseason clicking in virtually every facet on the ice.’
‘But some observers might suggest the Sabres need a few more rugged veterans who’ve been here before. Any shortage in those areas usually gets exposed in the postseason.’