'matches, agreed the Sabres have no stars. (Chris Drury, who led them with 30 goals, is their highest-paid player at $2.9 million, half of what is earned by Hossa, the Thrashers' second-highest paid player; Carolina's highest paid is Brind'Amour at $3.8 million.) "We have a group of guys where everyone realizes their role on the team," Grier said.'
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'There was some question about Numminen's exact injury, with coach Lindy Ruff first calling it a "lower-body" ailment before adding "mid to lower." Either way, his status for Game 2 on Monday night was questionable. Doug Janik, who didn't play at all this season for Buffalo, would be the replacement. He had five goals and 19 assists in 71 games with Rochester in the AHL.'
‘”In warm-up when they started chanting, ‘Let’s Go Buffalo,’ right away we knew the atmosphere was kind of special,” Sabres center Daniel Briere said after Buffalo’s 3-2 victory. “Carolina fans kind of came over the top, but it’s fun to see so many fans driving (down) here to support us.”‘
'The first link takes you to the actual wedding planning site of Brett Hull…Even the guestbook was open to be read and contributed to. And while there were plenty of legitimate entries, including a few from Brett's former teammates, it became obvious that the word was spreading on Monday. That's when the Sabres fans started hitting it.'
'Buffalo executed a perfect road win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Sabres scored first to neutralize the crowd, they stayed out of penalty trouble and they built a wall around Miller, their rookie goalie, to protect a third-period lead. And keying that effort was Buffalo's ability to disrupt shooting and passing lanes all afternoon.'
‘Ryan Miller closed out a sensational performance by denying three shots in the final 70 seconds against six buzzing Carolina forwards. Miller made 16 saves in the third period alone, 29 for the game. Ward stopped 24 shots. “That’s the right way to start,” Miller said. “We got out and did a lot of things well. And we know we’ve got to be better as the series goes on because they are going to adjust. They are going to be better.”‘
‘But for the third time in 12 playoff games, Buffalo’s unheralded, underappreciated defense found a way to weather the workload while playing a man short. And, as if that wasn’t enough, backliners Henrik Tallinder and Jay McKee accounted for two of the goals in a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes that has the Sabres three wins away from a shot at the Stanley Cup.’
‘In between stuffing pizza into his mouth and swigging from a Pepsi bottle, he was upbeat in discussing a reported leg injury that forced him out of the game after one period. His status is uncertain, although Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said the steady veteran would be evaluated on a “day-to-day” basis.’
‘Sure, there have been missed calls. It’s the norm in this league. Fraser had a rough Game Four with the Sabres trying to sweep the Senators, but his hair spray performed better than the Sabres did. Buffalo lost that game because it didn’t show up for the first period, not because Fraser was pulling for Ottawa.’