'"Max is one of them. It seems like every time he touches the puck when he's playing at home he excites the fans. You can tell by the roar of the crowd when Max has got the puck. With his moves and puck handling abilities, he is able to bring the fans to their feet. There are not many players like him who can do that."'
Archives for April 13, 2007
'Not much to complain about in Game 1 — a methodical, almost mechanical performance in which the Sabres clamped down defensively and turned up the juice offensively when they had to.'
'In Game Two we'll see if both teams make some adjustments. I don't think Buffalo will make too many. They'll try to play the same kind of game. But you might see the Islanders be a little more aggressive and press more.'
'“That was a tight game into the third period,” Ruff maintained. “A shot or a bounce could have gone the other way and they could have been right back in the game. If you let a team hang around, they can have those one or two good shifts, or score on special teams and take a game away from you.” He pointed out, “We’ve been in that position before and we’ve won games like that and they’re fully capable of doing it.”'
‘”You can’t sit back and watch the Buffalo Sabres, the best team in the league … skate around with the puck all day. We’ve got to play the way we played when we won hockey games.”‘
‘When I lived in Buffalo I often imagined what the celebration would be like if the Bills won a championship. It’s something every person in the area who cares about sports — which means basically everyone in Buffalo — has thought about. The idea that the Sabres can deliver Buffalo out of sports purgatory seems inconceivable given that four years ago the team filed for bankruptcy after the financial downfall of owner John Rigas and his Adelphia Communications Corporation. But they are now Buffalo’s greatest hope.’
‘Coach Lindy Ruff said Gaustad could start practicing in a week.’
'But June is still a long way away, and the fans inside this arena are a ready for a rumble. As the Stanley Cup is shown on the giant screen above centre ice with the words "One Team, One Goal" in front of it, the crowd goes wild.'
WGR’s Paul Hamilton is reporting that Daniel Briere missed Friday’s practice at the Amherst Pepsi Center. Tim Connolly centered Jason Pominville and Jochen Hecht.
‘“No question, our scouts did a great job in giving us enough information about Buffalo,” Nolan said. “We did as much as humanly possible to prepare our team in the last couple days. They’re a very explosive club. Their first game at home, the crowd was behind them.”’