'"The players that have stepped in are good players," Ruff says. "That just bodes well for the depth of the organization. They have been able to step in and I think we have tried to mirror the system in Rochester to our system and that has been advantageous.'
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‘It’s the Sabres that pose the biggest threat to the Canes’ chances. Not only because guys like Daniel Briere, J.P. Dumont, and Ales Kotalik are incredibly talented, and Chris Drury exemplifies hard work and leadership, but because the Sabres epitomize everything that is great about the National Hockey League. They work hard, don’t quit, and battle you until the horn sounds.’
'"I got a penalty the other night and a fan was yelling at me that he was embarrassed to be from the same town as me."'
'"I'm a castaway from Phoenix who got a second chance when I was traded here," Briere said. "They believed in me, gave me the responsibility on and off the ice. As players, that's all you dream of, to have more responsibility. When they told me I would share the captaincy with Chris, after everything he's done in his career, not just in the NHL, but all over, to me that said they had a lot of belief in me. … For me, it's an honor to be mentioned with him, to be a leader of this team."'
'“This was one of the best crowds I’ve ever had the privilege to play in front of,” Bar King Spiders bassist Jeff Becker said. “It’s better than the local bar scene,” said lead singer and guitarist Gary DellaNeve.'
'"You won't believe how strong the guys in that room believe they can win," Ruff said. "I think that belief comes from all the adversity we've dealt with througout the year. We know we're losing a very good player but we also know our forwards can step it up. Maybe we can score a few more. Maybe four won't be good enough. Maybe our forwards have to play stronger defensively and four will be good enough. But the belief in that room is another guy going down isn't going to stop us."'
'Last week tickets for the series sold out in 12 minutes in Buffalo, but it turns out the tickets for game three were not as valuable as some thought. "Right now, we can't even get fifty dollars for a ticket," scalper Al Smith said.'
'Numminen skated at the morning practice Friday, but will miss his third consecutive playoff game because of the injury sustained in Game 1.'
'Ruff spoke with the media following the morning skate and said Doug Janik will play in place of Numminen and will be paired with Jeff Jillson. Janik played sparingly in Game 2, and was replaced by Jillson in Game 3.'
Carolina at Buffalo (AP)
Hurricanes face virtual must-win in Game Four vs. Sabres (Sportsticker)
(2) Carolina Hurricanes (1-2) at (4) Buffalo Sabres (2-1) (The Sports Network)
Forget trying to weather the storm (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
Game notes (CarolinaHurricanes.com)