‘The irony, of course, is that the Sabres didn’t need Teppo, they just thought they did. He played just four minutes in the first period, then sat like an assistant coach on the Buffalo bench the rest of the way.’
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‘“I felt like I was going to have a heart attack.”’
‘This is not to say that the Sabres are going to go out and put the ‘Canes away in Game 7 on Thursday — that would be the storybook ending, and the reason we call them by that name is because they generally only happen in storybooks. But take pleasure in the fact that Buffalo is still in the race. The Little Engine That Just Might Shock The World is still churning out steam, battling tooth and nail…’.
‘Looking at the the histories of both teams, there have been very few seventh heavens for the Sabres or the ‘Canes. While the Sabres are just 1-4 in Game 7s, the ‘Canes are even worse. The franchise is 0-3 in seventh games, those coming while the team was still known as the Hartford Whalers.’
‘Miller stopped 25 Hurricanes shots while Ward turned aside 29 from the Sabres. So which rookie goalie will lead his team to a berth in the Stanley Cup final against the Edmonton Oilers? The way this roller-coaster series has played itself out, all bets should definitely off.’
‘”I take responsibility,” he said, “but it was a bad penalty. It’s crap. He has done it three or four times in the series. It has only been called a couple of times, but I guess he was successful at the right time. And then you see guys on the bench giving him pats on the back for that. I’ll be out to make amends (tomorrow).”‘
‘On this night, the Sabres got a few lucky breaks.’
‘The Buffalo season has been to a large degree a story of lesser players upgrading their play to fill holes, and in the post-season that has particularly applied to the blueline corps that was healthy all year but is suddenly pockmarked with injuries.’
‘As fans quickly filtered out for the certain traffic jam that awaited them in the parking lot, they were informed that there were still lots of tickets remaining for Game 7 tomorrow night.’
‘Both Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette and Weight disagreed with the penalty call that occurred in the corner of Buffalo’s end. “I wholeheartedly disagree with the original call and wholeheartedly disagree with the two missed calls [in overtime],” Laviolette said.’