'"Obviously it's a tough loss for them, but it doesn't really change anything as far as what we do," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette. "When we're playing our game, we try to take advantage of the other team's defense from the top of the circles down and we'll continue to make that a part of the game plan, but the fact that he's out is an area you try to exploit."'
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'"It seems that the fans here always embrace the guys that come out of nowwhere, the guys that are ready to do anything to win, not necessarily the big superstars but the guys that had to work their way through," said Briere, a castoff from Phoenix who emerged as a dynamic centre in Buffalo. "It's a little bit how this city is and how this team was built as well. I think they can relate to our team."'
'"I think it's the kind of injury where there's no halfway to it," he said. "It's a hip flexor injury. "It's about stops and starts. If you can't stop and start you can't play. You can't work around that. Either you can play or you're not, there's nothing in between."'
'"Bad bounces, bad breaks, it's just something we've got to deal with and keep going," defenseman Brian Campbell said after practice Thursday. "We've got too much courage, too many guys that want to win hockey games, that we're just not going to roll over and quit."'
'“We’ve got a lot of character on our line to know that we didn’t need that meeting,” said Dumont, who bristled when questioned about the meeting. “It just (rang) a bell a little bit. We talked to each other and we knew that’s not how we wanted to play.”'
'Ruff's rise is a significant turnaround after many Sabres fans were calling for the coach to be dismissed three years ago. Quinn didn't budge. "I said, `Some people are mad at you now and would feel good for five minutes, but that's not the way we're going about this,'" he said. "Ultimately, the decision we made was why should we spend five years developing this guy and then give him to somebody else?"'
'Then the Sabres put it all together and played a nearly flawless second period. They outshot Carolina 19-8, finished their checks – and there were lots of them – and scored three times to take a 4-1 lead before a Cory Stillman goal shaved their advantage by one. Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff called it his team's best 20 minutes of hockey of the season and it's hard to argue with him. That period was the Sabres at their best – deep, fast and physical.'
‘”There’s nothing to get down about. I think we’re more than capable of overcoming his loss. We have been able to do it all year.”‘
‘”Just an innocent hit that left him with the injury,” said Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff. “Just one of those freak accidents.”‘
‘”You feel terrible for Henrik. He’s played tremendous but now he won’t be part of the ride,” Ruff said.’