‘”He settles everything down,” Hitchcock said after the Sabres’ 3-0 victory in HSBC Arena. “He’s a tremendous player. He’s settles EVERYTHING down.”‘
Archives for May 1, 2006
‘Playing hockey where you live is commonly referred to as home-ice advantage. In front of 18,690 appreciative fans yesterday, the Sabres showed why.’
‘”The only thing that’s in the back of my mind is when I come to the rink, I have to remember to take the pills,” Numminen said of his heart medicine. “That’s the only thing on my mind.”‘
'The two-goal deficit was huge, given the way Miller was performing in net. "He struggled in Philadelphia. He knows that," Hitchcock said. "But he answered the bell."'
'Buffalo winger Jochen Hecht did not play because of a reported upper-body injury he sustained in Game 4. Left wing Taylor Pyatt made his first career playoff appearance in Hecht's place.'
'Dear Sabres marketers: please bring back the old blue and yellow jersey/logo combination as soon as possible. Fans in attendance wore almost as many of the old style jerseys as the modern, Red and Black ones. For an example of how to do it right, look no further than your first-round opponent. The Flyers have stuck with their original logo throughout the years, and they look much better today for having done so.'
‘”We’re going to play really well in Game 6,” Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock promised. They didn’t play so well on Sunday, rarely posing a threat to goalie Ryan Miller.’
‘”It was a good bounce-back game for Ryan,” said Ruff. “There’s been some maturity in Ryan’s game. We went through a tough period of time after the Olympic break with him, and then the Ottawa game when we went in there and won (on April 8) I thought he started to turn his game around.”‘
‘By ignoring the couch critics and sticking with his big gun, Ruff was rewarded with a 24-save performance from Miller that left Hitchcock’s Flyers needing to reel off two victories in a row or be booted out of the post-season.’
‘Meanwhile, the Flyers were bitter at a pair of officiating decisions. A goalie interference penalty to Brian Savage resulted in Buffalo’s second goal by J.P. Dumont. Replays clearly showed Savage was pushed into Ryan Miller by a Sabres defenceman. Late in the third period, Gaustad appeared to attempt a knee-on-knee hit on the Flyers’ Petr Nedved, who immediately dropped to the ice. No call was made. “You’ve got to call that,” said Nedved, who escaped with just a sore muscle.’