'Paille had three goals and 11 points in 29 games. But Mair's a better option. That's not a knock on Paille, who would be in the lineup of the other 15 playoff teams.'
Archives for April 18, 2007
'"I hope he can play, but we won't know for sure until later," Ruff said after Wednesday's game-day skate. However, this came as news to Connolly, who said he felt "fresh."'
‘The fans are crying about a goal they feel shouldn’t have counted. The coach is whining about one team being helped by the refs. Chants of No Goal, charges of favoritism! So this is what it’s like to be on the other side? I like it. I think I’ll just wiggle my toes in the warm sand and ask for another shot of Tequila.’
'“Playoff time you have to step up that extra step,” Tallinder said after Tuesday’s practice. “You have to block that shot. You have to do that out-of-character stuff because right now it’s win or die on every shot.”'
'“That’s the value and why you have him in there,” Ruff said. “It’s hitting. He’s a really good skater. He had a timely goal for us [Monday] night. He made a great play on the goal in the first game. You’re looking at two goals in the series that he was a big part of. That’s tough to replace. He’s being himself.”'
'“Certain teams get certain breaks, and that’s life,” Nolan said. “Certain people get breaks in life, and certain people don’t. We’re that group right now. We’re not going to get any breaks.”'
'The special Sabres Bud Light, bottled at the company’s Baldwinsville plant, comes in limited-edition bottles that bear the team’s blue and gold logo with a streaking hockey puck.'
Isles won’t trash calls (New York Daily News)
Nolan: Isles Won’t ‘Get Any Breaks’ (New York Post)
Nolan: Isles give what they’ve got (New York Newsday)
Bury Yashin with fake praise (New York Newsday)
Replay is viewed both ways (New York Newsday)
(1) Buffalo Sabres (2-1) at (8) New York Islanders (1-2) (The Sports Network)
No. 8 Islanders vs. No. 1 Buffalo (NewYorkIslanders.com)
50 words or less: The Easter Epic II (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Getting to know Wad Dubielewicz (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Brendan named “Toughest Player” in the NHL (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Sabres not expecting Islanders to roll over (LetsGoSabres.com)
‘What Nolan and the Islanders really need to do is figure out how to light a fire under some of their best players. Only the line of centre Mike Sillinger and wingers Ryan Smyth and Trent Hunter is pulling its share of the load.’
‘Team captain Yashin, who had 18 goals and 50 points in 58 regular season games, was benched for the second-half of Game 2 and demoted to the fourth-line for Game 3. He has no points and only three shots in the series. “Sometimes you point fingers at certain individuals and say, ‘Hey, they’ve got to perform well,’ ” head coach Ted Nolan said. “Everybody has to perform well and those guys ? can do what they do better.”‘