'Don't be fooled: The best shot the Sabres have to get the goaltending that will allow the team to do what no other major Buffalo sports team has ever done rests with Miller. He's the thoroughbred; he's the one with the growth curve.'
Archives for January 7, 2007
'"There's a lot of pressure on the goalie," says Drew Miller, Ryan's brother who plays left wing for the Anaheim Ducks' minor league team in Portland, Maine. "And there aren't that many positions for goaltenders. There's only one on the ice at a time. You have to make your time out there count."'
‘”It wasn’t the prettiest game, but in the end all that matters is the win,” said Sabres center Daniel Briere, who had a goal and an assist. Dmitri Kalinin, Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik also scored to make sure Buffalo didn’t lose three in a row for the first time.’
‘”A team like Buffalo that’s got so many small, skilled players, the only way to stop them is to start hitting them,” Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Wade Belak said before Saturday night’s game in the Air Canada Centre. “They have a lot of guys that’s not a part of their game to be bangers. They got more goal scorers and danglers.”‘
‘Leafs fans are, to the consternation of Sabres fans, a zealous, fanatical bunch. They reside in all corners of the country and pledge their unyielding support. A good number will make the trek to Buffalo this Thursday, devouring tickets at inflated prices, because it’s cheaper than dealing with the local scalpers and trying to finagle their way into the Air Canada Centre. Being a Leafs fan means doing whatever you can to see a game, wherever you can see it.’
‘Drury is the lone Sabres player you’ll find on my midseason list. He’s built a reputation for scoring clutch goals, but his defensive play has made a bigger difference this season. It’s why he’s my choice at the halfway point for the Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward.’
‘Beginning Wednesday, Buffalo will play three games in four nights, starting with a road contest against Chicago and followup home dates against Toronto Thursday and Tampa Bay Saturday. Then it’s off to Boston Jan. 15 with a return game against the Bruins Jan. 17. Throw in contests against Vancouver on Jan. 19 and at Montreal on Jan. 20, and the Sabres are looking at seven games in an 11-day span.’
‘”I can’t tell you what I said because you wouldn’t be able to print it. Somewhere along the lines of holy chaos.” — Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff, on a near goal as the game wound down, Toronto’s John Pohl hitting the side of the net despite shooting at a wide-open goal.’
‘The horn to signify a goal went off in the final seconds, but Toronto’s John Pohl hit the side of the net despite shooting at a wide-open goal. “I can’t tell you what I said because you wouldn’t be able to print it,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “Somewhere along the lines of holy chaos.”‘
‘”Give Marty a lot of credit, a lot of credit,” said star centre Daniel Briere, who had a goal and an assist. “It can’t be easy for him. He would be a No. 1 goalie on a lot of teams in this league. He’s got to be one of the best team guys I’ve ever been around in my career. He hasn’t complained and he’s done his job when called upon.”‘