'Ottawa now have an almost insurmountable task because the current Senators franchise has never come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series. The Sabres are 11-1 when taking the first two games.'
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‘Connolly and Schaefer both fell to the ice, but Connolly had smacked his head on the ice and remained there for several minutes before being helped into the locker room. He is listed as having an upper body injury, with a possible concussion.’
' The Ottawa Senators have dug themselves a deep, deep hole.'
'Schaefer drove into Connolly, who had his head down, leading with his left shoulder as the Sabres center was turning right while carrying the puck through the neutral zone toward Ottawa's blue-line. The hit knocked Connolly flat to the ice.'
'Ryan Miller stopped 43 shots to help the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Scotiabank Place. J.P. Dumont and Jochen Hecht scored 2:27 apart in the second period for the Sabres, who now have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series heading back to Buffalo.'
'The Senators scored an NHL-high 314 goals this season but it isn't helping so far against Buffalo, which has won three straight road postseason games after losing two in Philadelphia during the first round.'
'Schaefer remained in the game but Connolly was helped off the ice. The Sabres said he had an upper body injury and wouldn't return.'
‘”They have a team policy not to negotiate with players during the season. They didn’t want to mess with any chemistry. We have four guys that will be unrestricted free agents (also Mike Grier, Teppo Numminen and Rory Fitzpatrick). I don’t disagree with their decision because if they were working on one guy’s deal and not someone else’s, it could break the chemistry that we have. Things are going so well, so I don’t fault them for doing that.”‘
'Briere and linemates Maxim Afinogenov and Jean-Pierre Dumont had to face Chara and his defence partner Chris Phillips every time they were on the ice. That was one part of the game that worked well for the Senators, as the line was held to a couple of assists. The problem for Ottawa in the 7-6 overtime loss, though, was that other Sabres like Tim Connolly, Derek Roy and Chris Drury took over the scoring.'
'Sabres' head coach Lindy Ruff has commented that he might play Martin Biron in one of the next three games to give Ryan Miller a breather.'