‘One after another, they have taken turns in Buffalo’s second-round NHL playoff series against the Ottawa Senators showing why the Sabres are so difficult to beat. Glory is a shared perk on coach Lindy Ruff’s club. “The team is bigger than the individual,” Ruff said earlier in the day.’
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‘Buffalo has scored the first goal in all nine playoff games it has played.’
‘Taylor Pyatt set up the decisive goal by carrying the puck up the left wing and feeding a pass across the middle. The puck bounced high off the stick of Ottawa’s Mike Fisher, but Dumont had time to leap and bring it down. Dumont then swiped at a bouncing puck, his shot floating in over goaltender Ray Emery’s right shoulder.’
‘Since 1996, Kaufman has been the house organist at Sabres home games, pumping up the crowd with music that suits the mood of the play. “The whole thing is tempo,” Kaufman tells WBEN’s Dave Debo. ” Tempo is a very important thing. You can help the crowd handle their anxiety.”‘
‘Coach Lindy Ruff said following Wednesday’s morning skate that Connolly is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Kalinin’s lower body injury, however, could be more serious. Ruff said that Kalinin’s status will be week-to-week, which means the defenseman probably wouldn’t be able to return until Game 6, if necessary, on Monday at the earliest.’
Ottawa at Buffalo (AP)
Senators searching for answers against Miller, Sabres (Sportsticker)
(1) Ottawa Senators (0-2) at (4) Buffalo Sabres (2-0) (The Sports Network)
Stunned Senators hit the road (CBC Sports)
'"The lines have been jumbled and shuffled enough all year," Drury said. "I don't think it's going to be a huge issue as far as chemistry goes. Basically, everyone's played with everyone at some point. I don't think it should affect things too much."'
'"I didn't believe. I wrote off most of these players. I figured Drury's legend would fizzle here, like Scotty Bowman's did. When they picked up Lydman and Numminen, I said, "Just what we need, two soft defensemen who never won anything.' I thought Connolly was a bust."'
'"They came into our rink and won two. There's no reason we can't come in here and win two," Senators center Jason Spezza said. "They got a good hockey club, and they're playing real well right now. But we can still win these games."'
‘”She eats, sleeps and lives Sabres hockey,” said Brittney’s mother, Charlene Roberts. “It’s all she talks about. She’s a big hockey freak. We all have to know about it, because she knows everything about it.”‘