'"Obviously the shot blocking of the entire team is great tonight and we did a really good job of just moving our feet, especially in the D zone," said Miller. "It's exciting that we can play this well when we have to."'
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'Every time I watch this team that I covered off and on for a few years while working in Buffalo radio back in the mid to late '90s, it brings me back to the Ted Nolan days, when just watching them play and compete was a blast. The only difference between that crew and this Sabres outfit is that they actually have real talent.'
'"This is a great effort tonight," goalie Ryan Miller said. "I think everybody had the right attitude tonight. They were all going to go out and try their hardest, and I think we're capable of great things when we're moving our feet. We started right from the drop of the faceoff. I could feel it sitting back there watching the guys in the first period, watching them go, and I thought tonight could turn out to even more of a spread, you know, we had great chances."'
'"We were not very good," Laviolette said. "They came out with their back against the wall, they played a real sharp first period, we didn't respond and that was disappointing because we have a lot of veteran players in there. Everybody tried to take it to the next step, we did not respond well in the first period at all."'
‘”I had about four heart attacks.”‘
‘”There’s no secret, you are going to need good goaltending,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We needed [Miller] to play a strong game. He did.”‘
‘With the questions turning from what was wrong to how he did things right, Dumont decided to pass along the praise. “Everyone deserves the attention for a win like that,” Dumont said.’
‘”We’re a wounded animal right now, that’s for sure, with the guys that are out,” defenseman Jay McKee said. “When an animal is wounded, that’s when they give everything they have and fight back. That’s all we’re asking for from every guy in this room. Leave everything on the ice. We’re getting that. Everybody’s efforts are rubbing off on each other.”‘
‘”There’s a special bond right now in our dressing room,” said Briere, who also assisted on J.P. Dumont’s first-period tally. “We’ve gone through a lot this year and we’ve gone through a lot in the playoffs. We like doing it for each other. We have the same guys in this dressing room who were here in training camp. Nobody from the outside came in.”‘
‘The Sabres couldn’t have put more heat on the kid if they had pulled out a blowtorch. They had 14 shots in the period. The pressure was relentless. And yet Ward was unflappable, standing firm before and after J.P. Dumont converted from atop the crease at 4:56. “They had most of the play in the first period and it could have been way worse than 1-0,” said ‘Canes captain Rod Brind’Amour.’