'Buffalo defenceman Henrik Tallinder left the game and did not return.'
Archives for May 24, 2006
'Ales Kotalik also scored in the second stanza for the Sabres, who now hold a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series. Chris Drury added a goal in the win while Ryan Miller made 24 saves as all three games in the series have been decided by just one goal.'
'Cory Stillman scored twice for Carolina, which appeared to grab the momentum in the series following a 4-3 win in North Carolina on Monday. The Hurricanes failed to follow through, and things became so bad that rookie Cam Ward was pulled in favor of backup Martin Gerber after giving up four goals on 26 shots.'
‘Zip it, you legion of doubters. Too small? Not enough experience? Baloney. There is no problem the Sabres can’t outskate. They proved it through the first two playoff rounds and again at the start of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hurricanes. Fold after key defenseman Teppo Numminen was sidelined by an injury in the first period? Not a chance.’
'When you look at this year's Buffalo club as compared to the one from 1999 that went to the Cup final, you can understand why Ruff is considered one of the best coaches in the business and why he may come away with the Jack Adams Award at the end of this season. This year's team plays a way different style than the Sabres' team that went to the Cup final against the Stars.'
'"Not only for how he played while he was in net (including a 13-game win streak), but the way he is dealing with the situation he's in . . . His attitude and personality and the way he's been throughout the season has kept this room really tight and together. "I think a good 75 per cent of guys in his shoes would have probably turned into a cancer on the team, and the negativity would have affected the other players. But Marty has been incredible."'
'Defenseman Teppo Numminen, who said he sustained a groin injury in Game 1, will not play in Game 3, while center Jiri Novotny will return to the lineup, replacing rookie Thomas Vanek. Defenseman Jeff Jillson will likely be inserted in favor of rookie Doug Janik, who took over for Numminen in Game 2.'
'The Sabres are planning some other lineup changes. With the line of centre Derek Roy and wingers Maxim Afinogenov and Thomas Vanek ineffective against the Hurricanes, Ruff plans to reunite a line that had success in the first two rounds against the Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators. Roy will go back to the wing and back to centre Chris Drury and right winger Mike Grier. "I'm looking forward to having that line back together," Ruff said.'
'"If somebody said before we'd come back 1-1 I think everyone in this town would be happy," Ruff said after practice Tuesday. "But it's how we ended up at 1-1 after winning the first game and playing the way we did."'
'…Teppo Numminen will not play tonight. It is expected that Jeff Jillson will play in his place tonight. The Sabres hope that Jillson brings a little more experience than Doug Janik.'