'Sabres' head coach Lindy Ruff said that he gave the pair the day off to rest and that they will be in the lineup for Game Three tomorrow night on Long Island.'
Archives for April 15, 2007
‘The Isles came to play. Their passing was pinpoint, their passion on display with every blocked shot. DiPietro’s early contributions didn’t come in the form of huge stops — he saved those for later — but in his ability to play a third defense position and swat away every shoot-in with ease.’
'The fans reacted like scalded cats and more than a few were heard howling on the airwaves that the series was lost. These folks need to take a pill.'
'Such a performance is inexcusable in the playoffs — especially against a team as eminently beatable as the Islanders. True, the Isles played with desperation and a stronger game plan (emphasizing the fore-check and defensive aggressiveness), but frankly, that wouldn't have mattered half as much if the Sabres had played the full 60 minutes the way the played the final 45.'
‘Grand predictions of a sweep and a Sabres waltz into the Stanley Cup finals were vaporized Saturday night. The media and fans were proclaiming all week that the Sabres would sweep the Isles and that New York didn’t even merit any concern. Today, those very voices of super optimism wake up with egg all over their faces. It may take them a week to get their feet extracted out their mouths.’
'The scene at Borders, where fans took numbers to line up to meet the guys who call the games, is emblematic of how rampant Sabres fever has become. And it shows why so many local businesses are eager to connect with the team and its players, or even its TV crew.'
'The Sabres sleepwalked through all but the last couple minutes of the first period and spent the rest of the game digging themselves out of a two-goal hole.'
'It’s been said many times before, but it bears repeating. The Sabres are the most dangerous team in the NHL when they’re skating hard and playing together, but they become very average very quickly when they rationalize they can win on talent alone. Effort over skill will determine their fate. There are no free rides.'
'If anyone is desperate now, it might be the heavily favored Sabres, who started the game as if they expected the Isles to roll over. Now they realize the series isn’t going to be the cakewalk most experts expected. And they must contemplate the fact that New York is suddenly winning the allimportant goalie battle.'
'Drew Stafford was promoted to the line featuring center Chris Drury and right wing Dainius Zubrus. Stafford’s arrival bumped Ales Kotalik down to the fourth line with center Tim Connolly and right wing Adam Mair.'