‘”We want to make sure the confidence is there, but we want to make sure it’s not overconfidence,” Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere said. “We worked hard to get the No. 1 seed, and we want to use it to our advantage. We don’t want to blow it in the first game.”‘
Archives for April 11, 2007
‘Islanders coach Ted Nolan said backup Wade Dubielewicz will start Game 1 of the best-of-seven series against top-seeded Buffalo on Thursday. Nolan said DiPietro is listed day to day and continues to be monitored by the team’s medical staff at home after the goalie sustained two concussions 12 days apart last month.’
“Buffalo has the best five-on-five team in the NHL. The Sabres are tremendously deep offensively with seven 20-goal scorers, and unparalleled balance. Opponents don’t know from one game to the next which line will be the Sabres’ top line.”
'“I think it could be a good thing if they (call more), just to make everybody know that they’re going to call it the same way,” Pominville said. “We’ll just have to make sure we’ll keep our sticks off people and play by the rules.”'
'WBZA- The Buzz (98.9) – FM in Rochester will begin airing the team's playoff games, beginning with Thursday night's contest against the New York Islanders. The Buzz replaces its sister station, WROC 950 AM. The switch was made because The Buzz has larger reach in the Rochester market, team officials said.'
'“It doesn’t matter where he’s played before,” Buffalo co-captain Daniel Briere said Monday at the Pepsi Center, where the Sabres held a team meeting and optional skate. “If somebody gets hot in the playoffs sometimes his confidence gets going. We can’t think it’s going to be easy because we have a goalie that’s played most of the year in the AHL.”'
'Certainly, with storied precedents of unknown rookie goalies leading teams to unexpected success in the past, Dubielewicz's chance to establish himself as a full-time NHL backstop would be galvanized with a strong performance versus Buffalo.'
'Daulton feeds more than just fans. He serves breakfast to the Sabres players when they practice at the Arena. On the menu: muffins, bagels, toast, fresh fruit, oatmeal (instant during the regular season, out of a chafing dish, during playoffs.) No coffee is served, by order of strength and conditioning coach Doug McKenney, who says caffeine acts as a diuretic. “We try to get as much fluid as we can and stay rehydrated with juices, water and Gatorade,” says McKenney, who praises Daulton. “The teams love him and he fits food in just the way we want it,” he says.'
'“We’ve got four lines that can play and score goals, even more now than we had in the regular season,” left wing Jochen Hecht said. “It’s pretty exciting.”'
'“I was very lucky, very fortunate to get a start in this league and to get to know the people of Buffalo,” Nolan said. “I’ll never forget the reception, the welcoming. There’s a lot of places you get to go to in life, work for different organizations, but people are something you’ll always remember, the friendships you made. Buffalo is always a special place in my heart, but now I’ve got to try and beat their hockey team.”'