'Somewhere commissioner Bettman was smiling as the Senators and Sabres exchanged scoring chances all night long in a fast-pace affair that left fans gasping.'
Archives for May 5, 2006
'In overtime, Buffalo picked up a turnover at the blue line and went in on a 2- on-1 break. Grier found Drury, who one-timed a shot top shelf past Emery's stick side for the game-winning goal.'
‘The teams scored three goals in the final 1:37 of regulation as Buffalo’s Derek Roy tied it at 5 with a short-handed effort for his second of the game at 18:23. But Bryan Smolinski scored his second 24 seconds later during the same power play to give Ottawa its fifth straight lead, 6-5. The Sabres pressed for one more, and Connolly got it as he swept a puck that lay within Ray Emery’s reach up and over the rookie goalie to shock the sellout crowd. The winning goal was even more sudden as Drury beat Emery with a shot from the left circle.’
'McKee grabbed a couple of those sticks and took them to his current stick company's rep and said, hey, build me some of these. "I took a look at them right away and was blown away," McKee said. "Looking at those, it was night and day."'
Buffalo at Ottawa (AP)
High-flying Senators begin conference semifinals vs. Sabres (Sportsticker)
(4) Buffalo Sabres (0-0) at (1) Ottawa Senators (0-0) (The Sports Network)
Quick start crucial for Sabres (CBC Sports)
No underdogs in Senators-Sabres series (CBC Sports)
‘“I’ve been saying since the new year started, people were excited in the city everywhere I went. You sensed the atmosphere. People are excited and they’re pumped about their hockey team,” he said. “The last couple weeks walking around town, going to restaurants, you can tell people are excited. It’s fun to be part of it. I’m not talking about a couple hundred persons. The whole city is behind us.”‘
'Paul Gaustad will always remember his first NHL playoff experience, playing in front of 20,000-some fans. His ears won’t let him forget — they might still be ringing. “It was really loud,” says Gaustad, whose Buffalo Sabres beat Philadelphia 4-2 in the first round and face Ottawa starting tonight. “It was so loud (in Philly and Buffalo) that you couldn’t hear people talking on the bench, or coaches calling out lines. My ears hurt after games."'
‘”We needed one centerman to move over, and we decided that we would do it with Derek,” Ruff said. “Derek had played some wing in Rochester, and I thought maybe his speed and being creative would be an asset on that line. Plus, he’s responsible defensively.”‘
‘In the spring of 2003, the Coyotes dealt him to the Sabres for Chris Gratton, who is the antithesis of Briere, a large man who played smaller. In retrospect, it was a steal, a deal that began to transform the Sabres franchise. Nothing has been quite the same since. Briere justified the trade from the moment he arrived. He became a star in 2003-04, a popular figure on and off the ice, a spokesman, leader and co-captain. “It was a blessing, going to an organization that believes in me and was willing to give me more responsibilities.”‘
‘Ruff thought he was walking to the unemployment line a few years ago. He’d just finished his second consecutive losing season, a new owner was coming in and Ruff was sure the Sabres would be holding a news conference telling fans they were “going in a new direction.” But owner B. Thomas Golisano quickly came to respect Ruff, and calls for the coach’s firing were ignored.’