‘Numminen replaced Jeff Jillson, who was on the ice for four even-strength goals in the previous three games of the series.’
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'"He feels better today, I'm encouraged again, I'm past the doubtful stage," said Ruff. "I'm optimistic that he may be able to play tonight. He'll take the warmup and if he doesn't feel any pain and he's able to perform at a high enough level … we'll talk to him and basically make it his call because he's the only one that really knows."'
'Here’s what I expect from the HSBC Arena tonight…The building will vibrate, the Sabres will explode out of the locker room in the hopes of winning a game they felt they should have won on Sunday. By any measure, the Sabres had the better of the play on Sunday night. I don’t think it was a dramatic difference, but I did feel that in the 3rd period, Buffalo seemed to be the team that was the aggressor.'
‘Scratch those reports about the Teppo Numminen watch being over — he says there is an 80-per-cent chance he will play Tuesday night.’
Carolina at Buffalo (AP)
Hurricanes look to eliminate Sabres in Game Sixous (Sportsticker)
(2) Carolina Hurricanes (3-2) at (4) Buffalo Sabres (2-3) (The Sports Network)
Game notes (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
A whale of a defensive effort is needed (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
‘”We’ve put ourselves in a tough position, but we’re not going to quit till somebody tells us it’s over,” Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere said Monday. “We’ve got that same attitude all year, and we’re not going to change now.”‘
‘All season, skeptics have waited for the Sabres to find their level. Now, once again, they will attempt to show they have been underestimated, and that they possess a rare competitive character that transcends adversity and doubt. They have responded to every challenge. In doing so, they have shattered the fatalistic attitude of Buffalo fans and given them a genuine feeling of belief – not that the Sabres will win the Cup this year, necessarily, but that a young, special team is bound to win it eventually.’
‘”I think we made great strides [Sunday] night,” Sabres center Daniel Briere said. “We realized that we can play. We’re not going to have Henrik [Tallinder] and Dmitri [Kalinin] back. We don’t know about Teppo. But you know what? We thought we were the better team [Sunday] night on the ice, and we didn’t have Teppo.”‘
‘Give fans an early goal, make them believe there’s another game.’
‘”Game 1, Game 7 – it’s the playoffs,” the Buffalo Sabres center said Monday. “You should be playing desperate in any situation.”‘