'The Sabres were mindful to pay full respect to the Islanders, even though Buffalo finished with 13 more wins, scored 60 more goals and won three of four meetings against New York this season. "By no means do we think it's going to be an easy series," Briere said. "This time of year, you can't take anything for granted."'
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'"This is the real season now. The excitement level is a lot higher," Connolly said. "Everybody just seems to elevate their game. The rush you get out there is pretty unbelievable."'
'"Our team bent a little bit but we didn't break," said Nolan, in his first NHL job since being fired by the Sabres in 1997 after winning coach of the year honors. "We sat there and decided. We've got to either move on or stop feeling sorry for ourselves and start working."'
'"I still spend a lot of time at HSBC Arena, warming up and cooling down before and after practice. I'm still going to have to take a day off to recover here and there, so that I can work harder the next day. But overall, for only being on the ice for a couple of weeks, I felt pretty good out there for those two games."'
‘Connolly is healthy to play after missing most of the season with post-concussion symptoms and a knee injury. But Stafford was eligible to rejoin the Sabres because the salary cap doesn’t count during the playoffs, which top-seeded Buffalo opens hosting the New York Islanders on Thursday.’
‘Hasek will be in the building when the Stanley Cup is awarded in June. But he’s going to have to watch members of his old team carry it around.’
‘Nationally, games 2 through 6 will be shown on the Versus network. TSN in Canada will show all the Sabres’ first round games.’
'“I wanted to win it because I wanted to end the season on a good note,” Biron said. “A lot of times in the last six weeks we were right there. We were in a lot of games right to the end against good teams, but we could never get that goal to push us over.”'
'“I worry about any opponent,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We’ve been in their position before and surprised teams. They controlled their own destiny and got the job done. The way I look at it, they have a good number of worldclass players on that team. And they added another one at the deadline in Ryan Smyth. They have a strong team.”'
'“It was unbelievable,” Miller said of Michigan State’s dramatic 3-1 victory over Boston College in Saturday night’s national championship game. “I’m just really happy for them, really proud of them.”'