‘But it took three gifts for the Flyers to scrape by the Sabres. And they won’t get those again.’
Archives for April 27, 2006
'"It's true, we like each other," Campbell said. "There's always been dedicated professionals here who taught the younger players. I learned all I could from Alexei Zhitnik, James Patrick and Rhett Warriner, my first roommate."'
'Instead of letting the Sabres skate with the puck at will, the Flyers impeded their path with forceful checks. In many ways, this series is shaping up to be the old NHL vs. the new NHL. "You can say that," Flyers forward Simon Gagne said Thursday. "They're built for the new NHL. They're not big, but they have a lot of speed. We have some speed, but we're more physical. We need to play the same way every game. They can be a physical team, too. The longer the series will go, the better chance we will have."'
'The condition is nothing new for the 37-year-old Numminen. He was diagnosed with a dialated aorta back in 2004. Numminen will practice before Friday's Game 4 before deciding to play.'
'In fact, owners might disagree with fans who want the Sabres to win every game, saying they just want the team to play as many games as possible. Wednesday night's loss is a gain for businesses because it guarantees a fifth game in this series, back here in Buffalo.'
'The Sabres donate hats thrown onto the ice to various charities throughout the year. They are donating the several hundred hats from Monday's momentous game to Goodwill.'
‘”For whatever reason, our team wades into things,” said Hitchcock. “We’re locked in now … hopefully, we can make [the series] interesting.”‘
‘”We definitely weren’t overconfident. Up two [games] is a long ways from winning a series, especially with the talent they have. We definitely weren’t looking past this game, and I don’t think we played like it either.”‘
‘Understand, nobody is hanging this loss on Miller alone. The Sabres scored the critical first goal and still had 53 minutes remaining after Savage tallied. They had two power-play opportunities in the final 11 minutes. The Flyers shut down the middle of the ice after watching the Sabres trample through the first two games. And Forsberg was Forsberg again.’
‘”We don’t know [how long Numminen will be out] yet, but, obviously, missing him for most of the game was a big hurt for us,” was all Ruff would say.’