‘”I was walking out of the game and I asked them who was there and somebody said ‘Dora,'” Sabres center Tim Connolly said. “I didn’t know who that was, but Teppo Numminen did. He filled me in on it.”‘
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'The Sabres may have Jochen Hecht back in the lineup. Lindy Ruff noted that Hecht is a "possibility" to suit up. Daniel Briere did not skate over the weekend with what Ruff called "an upper-body ailment". The Sabres head coach also said however that Briere should be able to play on Monday.'
'Ruff said Briere should be able to play in Game 2 Monday night in Ottawa.'
‘In truth, Buffalo knew it was outplayed for most of Game One. It was outshot in each of the three regulation periods before Drury won it with the only shot in OT. It was outmanned in many ways, too. But the Sabres weren’t outscored, and for that they made no apologies Saturday. “At this time of the year, the only thing that matters is to win,” defenseman Toni Lydman said. “We were happy to get that first one. Now, we got a chance to try to take the second one.”‘
‘”Unfortunately, you go through things and it tests you, and you’ve got to be able to bounce back,” said Redden, who was minus-4 despite having three assists. “I think guys have been in a position and know what we’ve got to do to be successful. We’ve just got to make sure we’re sharp out there.”‘
‘”We really bottomed out in helping Ray get the game going last night,” Murray said. “Things that we did early in the game, I mean, 35 seconds in you give up the goal we gave up, it’s pretty difficult for a goaltender, whether he’s young or old, to say he’s going to have a fantastic game from that point on.”‘
‘The so-called NHL experts are caught in a time warp. As far as I know Barry Melrose of ESPN hasn’t mentioned Buffalo yet. He’s still talking about Peter Forsberg of the Flyers without a mention of Ryan Miller stoning Forsberg in the last two games. The same for John Davidson of the MSG network, for whom the Sabres will forever stay anonymous. Melrose, Davidson and a lot like them are dinosaurs, hung up on the “if-we-can’t-beat-them-on-the-ice, we’ll-beat-them-in-the-alley” philosophy of Maple Leafs founder Conn Smythe nine decades ago.’
‘Game One of their Eastern Conference semifinal featured 13 goals, and breakdowns were part of nearly all of them. “We’ve gone through the game and I’ve got 41 clips to show,” Ruff said after practice in HSBC Arena. Imagine how many there would have been if his team hadn’t won, 7-6.’
‘It is customary for hockey coaches to prepare a string of video clips after each game in order to show their players the mistakes they would like corrected for the next one. But it’s not often that the victorious coach has 41 of them to run through.’
‘I think myself, my partner Jim Lorentz, and a lot of the Buffalo fans thought the Sabres would at least be in the playoff mix at the start of the season. We never expected in our wildest dreams that they’d end up where they did, challenging for the overall lead in the conference, which they fell just short of. That’s ignited the hockey community in Western New York and Southern Ontario to get behind the Sabres.’