'Because hockey players tend to play down off-ice feuds, the networks should not count on any staredowns between Miller and Laviolette. But the way both came back after the Olympic break, charging through the final months of the season and the first two rounds of the playoffs, showed that each had something to prove.'
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‘”I knew they were a tough team the first time we played them,” Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour said. “I remember the first game up in Buffalo, and I thought, ‘Holy cow.’ They really took it to us, even though we ended up winning the game.”‘
'"We're going to have to make sure we have a lot of traffic in front of him and try to go for the ugly goals, the rebounds and deflections," Dumont said.'
'The National Hockey League Buffalo Sabres play the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs starting Saturday, but Chatham doesn't expect anything approaching football fever. "It would be a lot if there are 10 or 20 Sabres fans. There's just not a big following for them around here," she says, adding quickly, "but of course, I'm a Sabres fan."'
‘”It’s a nice thing, obviously, just being back in the lineup,” Vanek said Thursday in HSBC Arena. “I’m trying to work hard every day in practice. I feel like I can do more in the next, hopefully, two rounds. I’m excited, and I’m excited to show what I can do.”‘
‘”You see things in the playoffs that you don’t see game in, game out in an 82-game schedule,” Ruff said. “You get more. You expect more, and if you don’t get it you’re disappointed. [In the regular season] you don’t see things out of a lot of players, and I think in Al’s case we needed him to be a big, physical force, and he’s stepped up that part of his game.”‘
‘”It’s about possession,” Drury said Wednesday. “You don’t want to be chasing all the time. It’s nice to have it on your stick. It’s a big challenge for all of us, and not only the centers. A lot of draws are neutral or in our feet or close by and the “D” and the wing can help you win draws.”‘
‘The Sabres have learned they need to be cautious about putting players with head injuries on an airplane.’
‘Why would two people take a day off from work, drive a total of 22 hours and pay hundreds of dollars to attend the game? “We both believe we’re winning the Cup this year, so you have to go for it,” Lonsbery said.’
‘Haywood wouldn’t say how the negotiations evolved. In fact, he wouldn’t even characterize the decision as negotiations. “I can only tell you we decided to carry the games on Channel 71,” Haywood said. “It is important to our community and important to our subscribers.”‘