'Often considered one of the world's premier hockey players, Forsberg is among the best playoff performers in NHL history, averaging 1.2 points a game in the postseason. Once again, he elevated his game when it mattered most. After an embarrassing 8-2 loss Monday put the Flyers in a 0-2 hole, Forsberg turned the series around with an All-Star effort in consecutive games.'
Archives for April 29, 2006
‘”I feel good and normal” he said after participating in the team’s practice Saturday. “The doctors said everything looks normal and like it should. So I feel good about it and will be playing tomorrow. I’m not worried about it. I know the situation and feel comfortable with the doctors. So I have no concern.”‘
'Ruff knows better than anyone else that by referring to the Flyers as idiots, what he was really doing was lumping Hitchcock with his players, who are an extension of any coach. Coaches owe other coaches a measure of respect.'
'It's hard to believe he had to give himself such a pep talk, given the state of this series after the first two games in Buffalo, after the Flyers' draining overtime loss and their embarrassing 8-2 defeat. Yet … one shot from the right player in the right spot, and lo, Lazarus has pushed aside the stone. He said he wouldn't let one goal define this series, yet Ryan Miller couldn't get around one simple fact: He had left that little opening for R.J. Umberger, left a larger one for the Flyers, and look where we are now.'
‘”The way it ended wasn’t real pretty,” Miller said, stewing in his locker stall. “I screwed up pretty good there. I’ll just shake it off, forgive myself and then we got Sunday afternoon. One goal is not going to define the series. It might’ve made a difference tonight, but I’m not going to let it define the series. I don’t want that to be the way the series is remembered. It’s more than that. It’s bigger than I thought. I thought up until that point I was playing good hockey. We’ll just move on.”‘
‘Folks, it’s time to start sweating.’
‘Also in question is the status of winger Jochen Hecht, who played only 8:59 Friday before leaving the game for unspecified reasons midway through the second period, shortly after he and Peter Forsberg traded hits. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Hecht had an “upper-body injury” and claimed he didn’t know how long the versatile forward will be out.’
‘Mike Emrick, ex-Sabre Peter McNab and Cammi Granato will work NBC’s coverage of the Sabres-Flyers on Sunday.’
Flyer answers the bell (Toronto Sun)
Tireless Forsberg, Esche lead Flyers’ rally (Toronto Globe and Mail)
This Peter proves too great for Sabres (National Post)
Can anyone stop Peter Forsberg? (National Post)
‘Peter the Great’ loves the playoff pressure (National Post)
Esche makes some big stops in second period (National Post)
Filling a familiar role (SLAM! Sports)
‘”I just tried to trap it instead of save it, and it squirted through,” Miller said. “I thought I was playing solid all night… . Now we have Sunday afternoon [for Game 5].”‘