‘The difference in the Sabres recent success in comparison to other organizations is that the Sabres management always errs on the side of caution when it comes to young players.’
Archives for October 5, 2006
Buffalo Sabres’ fans across Western New York and beyond had to brave witnessing the Carolina Hurricanes lift their 2006 Stanley Cup championship banner during their Opening Night pre-game ceremonies. Amongst the varying emotions of anger and frustration, one finally came into focus — a giant sense of relief.
Ryan Miller said this week that the Sabres put themselves in the situation of having to play up to lofty expectations. His advice? "Deal with it." In their 3-2 shootout win over the Hurricanes on Wednesday night, the Sabres need some fluky goals — and one shootout beauty — to overcome a slow start, a jacked-up opponent and too many mindless penalties.
'Yes, there is much to look forward to–the core of the team is intact, Ryan Miller will be that much better, new defenseman Jaroslav Spacek will add an offensive threat on the blue line and the team is still well suited for the new NHL. For now, hold off on those parade plans and let’s just enjoy the ride.'
'"We were lucky to escape that first 10 or 11 minutes the way we did," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "Ryan made some good saves. We did a good job of being in shot lanes and blocking shots and not giving up any real good opportunities. But they were a step ahead of us and had us on the run."'
'Buffalo and Carolina look like a grudge matchup in the making. "This is a rivalry now," said Carolina center Kevyn Adams of Clarence. "Playoffs build rivalries, and there's clearly a rivalry, especially between the fans. I'm sure the Sabres weren't overly excited to come down here and be a part of this fun."'
'"Hey, it's well-deserved," Drury said. "If you win the Cup, take all the time you want."'
'"We discussed it within our organization and our PR department contacted theirs, and they would rather not have us out there," Ruff said. "They want us to come out when we're given the cue, and that's fine with us. It's their ceremony and their way of capping off a tremendous year."'
Canes rise, then fall (Raleigh News and Observer)
Sabres not claiming revenge after win (Raleigh News and Observer)
Absence wasn’t a snub (Raleigh News and Observer)
Canes’ energy drains (Raleigh News and Observer)
Banner’s up, and a new quest begins (Raleigh News and Observer)
Hurricanes raise banner (Raleigh News and Observer)
Photo Gallery (Raleigh News and Observer)
Canes hang banner then lose in shootout (Durham Herald Sun)
Repeating will be no easy task (Durham Herald Sun)
Curtain call (Burlington Times News)
Sabres slip past Hurricanes on Briere’s goal in shootout (Burlington Times News)
Hurricanes’ defense makes its mark in shootout loss to Buffalo (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Banner raising is a surreal feeling for Canes fans and players alike (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Hurricanes pick up a point in season opener (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
Photo Gallery 1 (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
Photo Gallery 2 (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
'Carolina rode the emotion of their Stanley Cup banner ceremony in the first period out-shooting Buffalo to start by 11-1. It was Jason Pominville, however, who scored first on a deflection from a shot by Dmitri Kalinin at 9:09 in the first period.'