‘”No, that’s right,” Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere said Tuesday from Long Island. “I thought we started playing really well in the third period last night (3-2 win). But overall we feel like we have a lot left and that hasn’t shown up yet. And the Islanders are making it really tough on us right now, trying to prevent us from using our speed.”‘
Archives for April 17, 2007
'If Buffalo is the City of Good Neighbors, Long Island seems to be the City of Mr. Wilsons from Dennis the Menace.'
‘”If anyone’s gotten punched in the face, that’s kind of how it feels,” Miller said of his first-period face saves in the Sabres’ 3-2 victory Monday night in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series. “It’s something you shake off. I feel good. I got on the ice today like any other day.”‘
‘“We expect the same thing from them,” Briere said. “I don’t think we’re going to have an easy game in the series. We’re definitely going to have to fight for everything.”’
You can’t rattle this Sabres netminder. Whether it’s reporters trying to get into his head or Islanders trying to shoot at his head, Ryan Miller continues to lead the way for the Sabres.
'The final score read 3-2 Buffalo – but given the dynamics of this series – the strenghts and weaknesses of the teams involved, this seemed far more lopsided than that.'
‘“It felt great,” Mair said. “I never really celebrate when I score but I celebrated after that one. It really did feel like it was a battle for every inch of the ice out there in the first period. They came out hard again on us, but we came out better in the second.”’
‘Ruff’s playing days came to a controversial end in Buffalo shortly after coach Ted Sator made his captain a healthy scratch in February 1989. Ruff resigned his captaincy two days later. Within three weeks he was traded to the New York Rangers for a fifth-round draft pick. “I wish I would have reacted differently. But I didn’t,” Ruff said at Monday morning’s skate prior to Game Three in Nassau Coliseum. “I’ve been kind of an emotional guy, and I reacted harshly to that situation as a player.”’
‘No wonder Ted Nolan parked him on the bench in Game Two and kicked him down to the fourth line in Game Three. Yashin is a gracious enough guy, but to say he’s less passionate than a drone would be insulting the entire bee family.’
‘“Obviously, I think they were shooting at his head,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said with a smile before making a theatrical throat clear. “They hit him twice, so they must be shooting at his head. There are times you shoot at a goaltender’s head, try to rattle him. I thought maybe after two in a row . . . ”’