'"I won't say the Sabres won't go this far again, but it's kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity for me," Boesenberg said. "Now, I'm studying and I can take off whenever I want." Take off he did.'
Archives for May 28, 2006
'The drawn-out saga of Teppo Numminen and his ailing groin muscle will go on at least until game time on Sunday night.'
Carolina at Buffalo (AP)
Hurricanes host Sabres in critical Game Five (Sportsticker)
(4) Buffalo Sabres (2-2) at (2) Carolina Hurricanes (2-2) (The Sports Network)
Help may come for battered Sabres (CBC Sports)
Game notes (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
‘Briere spoke in HSBC Arena after the Sabres held a team meeting that served as a mini pep rally and an airing of grievances. He claimed the most substantial factor in Friday night’s loss was the Sabres played too timidly because they were worried about protecting their defensemen, particularly Rory Fitzpatrick, Doug Janik and Jeff Jillson.’
‘”You know what?” Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. “He’s a terrific person, liked by everybody on the team. He’s just got a great personality.”‘
‘Score first – The opening goal guarantees nothing, but getting the lead would be an infusion of confidence for a team dealing with extenuating circumstances.’
‘Ruff continued to maintain that unfinished scoring opportunities, not a patchwork defense, were at the root of Friday night’s 4-0 loss that evened the series at two wins apiece. Still, there’s no denying Numminen’s presence would be a boost to a backline that in Game Four employed two players, Jeff Jillson and Doug Janik, with minimal NHL experience.’
‘Maxim Afinogenov: Sabres’ regular-season scoring leader has zero goals and two assists in his last six games.’
‘But Ruff knows he’s in deep here. From a personal point of view, he could use the excuse of the general manager who, in concert with the billionaire owner, decided to follow the cheapest possible path at trading-deadline time and didn’t bother to shore up the defence.’
‘”I have the feeling we sat back because we didn’t want to give them odd-man rushes or any good opportunities,” center Daniel Briere said. Cautious is not how the Sabres can play. They’re an up-tempo, attack-as-five team.’