‘”That’s something we’ve got to get better at,” said Kapanen, who beat goalie Ryan Miller with a backhander from in close, only to have the shot deflect off the post 13 minutes into the first overtime. “I think I should be one of the guys and I want to be one of those guys providing some offense.”‘
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‘”They weren’t kidding,” Miller said of his first playoff experience. “The highs were high. The lows were low.”‘
‘”It’s a neat feeling, especially when you’re not known as a goal scorer,” McKee said. “Anyway that I can help my team, whether it’s scoring goals, blocking shots or hitting guys, whatever it is I’m happy to be able to contribute. It’s certainly pretty special scoring a goal here at home.”‘
‘This game had everything.’
‘The Flyers didn’t seem resentful about the hit after the loss. Philly coach Ken Hitchcock said Umberger, a rookie, “got welcomed big-time” to his first Stanley Cup playoff game. Umberger found out, the hard way, that it’s a different game in the postseason, a more violent, close-checking proposition.’
‘I also doubt that this team could have arrived at the place it’s at if General Manager Darcy Regier hadn’t constructed its roster as he did. Basically his policy was “who needs superstars?” Buffalo won with four lines that may not have been equal yet they sure bore a strong resemblance one to another.’
‘”He gave us a chance to win,” Hitchcock said. “and that’s what you are looking for when you are playing a good team like that one on the road.”‘
'"We lost, 3-2, so I don't look at it as that good of a game," Esche said not long after Daniel Brière scored at 7 minutes 31 seconds of the second overtime to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. "I don't know how great it was. Obviously, I felt like I was in a zone. But you never feel good when you give up one more goal than the other team."'
'"We're really high right now," Briere said. "But now, we have to get back to an even keel."'