‘The teams have much in common with one glaring exception. The Flyers aren’t nearly as mobile defensively, and the swift skating Sabres should thrive on that.’
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‘”You believe you can make it every year. You don’t think it’s going to end,” Ruff said. “But the reality is that most teams, you end up in, you end up out.”‘
‘”I don’t know as a coach if you can replace that, winning your first playoff series,” Ruff said. “The Cup run was tremendous, but then to finish the way it did, it was tough. I’ll always remember winning in Philly and wrapping it up. That’s something that’s very special when you get to win your first series.”‘
‘Said McKee: “That experience . . . especially with the fans in the city and how everyone just came together, that experience will drive me for the rest of my career to win a Stanley Cup.”‘
‘Another “no goal” helped end the 2000 playoffs after just five games.’
‘The Sabres won Game Six with the biggest rout in team playoff history, an 8-0 thumping that had them thinking the playoff magic was back.’
‘The bigger issue will be what happens if the Sabres get past the Flyers and make it to the second round when OLN could get exclusive rights to two games if the Sabres aren’t playing a Canadian team that will be covered by CBC. If OLN is the only game in town for those two games and the package remains on digital cable, many Sabre fans will be screaming louder than play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret after a goal is scored.’
'Hecht still plans to return from his knee injury for game one against Philadelphia on Saturday in downtown Buffalo.'
'"Because you have to wear a suit behind the bench, how many suits do you think you own and how many do you buy in a year?"
Ruff: "I own about 15 that I need to throw out, so I own about 30 all together. Buy a year… about 7 or 8."'
'"We thought right away that we had a good opportunity this season."'