'"I don't think it's happened too much in my career before," said Campbell, who played his junior hockey for Ottawa of the OHL. "But I go back to the main point and that is that there are good, clean hits delivered in hockey and the fans love it. And if somebody has to hit me, as long as it's a good clean hit, that's all that matters. It's a part of hockey that will always be there."'
Archives for April 28, 2006
'The Sabres are 23-12 all-time in Game 4's, including 7-0 in the past seven.'
‘Look for the Sabres to improve on the power play tonight, it was an area of focus for Ruff. As for the rest of the game plan, look for more of the same. Buffalo will try to open the game up and skate Philly into the ground. The Flyers will look to trap, clutch and lay out cheap shots to slow Buffalo down.’
'Sabres officials have not ruled out a return in tonight's Game 4 for Numminen, who has suffered from an irregular heartbeat in the past. Having said that, the Sabres will err on the side of caution in this case.'
‘Instead it’s some of McKee’s friends and family who are attempting to recruit the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent to the Leafs when he hits the open market this summer.’
‘Gauthier claims it was incidental contact. According to the replays, he wasn’t even looking at Dumont when his stick nestled into the gut of the Sabres player, he argued. And to those that doubt him, Gauthier insists this was not Brain Fart No. 3. “He’s a friend,” said Gauthier, who has played golf with Dumont in Quebec during the off-season. “If I’m going to do that, I’m going to do that to someone I hate, not my friend.’
‘”They’re a pretty intense crowd,” said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. “J.P.’s laying on the ice, visibly in pain and they’re giving it to him. That’s just the nature of the city. They’re not going to take any prisoners.”‘
‘”Everybody needs somebody to hate in a series,” he said. “I guess I’m the guy. I guess it’s deserved.”‘
‘Numminen was diagnosed with a dilated aorta in 2003-04, missing five games with the Dallas Stars, but returning for the postseason. He also underwent a procedure – unrelated to the dilated aorta – to cauterize a stimulator in his heart and eliminate the need to take medication for an irregular heartbeat. He was cleared that summer to play in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.’
‘”We need to do a better job on our special teams,” Ruff said. “We only had four good opportunities on seven power plays. We need to get one good opportunity every power play and take advantage of that. They won the special-teams battle. That’s how I look at it.”‘