'"Canadiens fans are the best," Johnson said while standing in a Washington Street parking lot. "They come to town with a lot of money." Instead, the Sabres are playing the New York Islanders – not the same draw as the Leafs or Canadiens. "I almost gagged when I heard it was the Islanders," he said. "Who cares about them?"'
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'Two of the three wholesalers who distributed the 65,000 cases of the specially packaged beer, Try-it Distributing in Lancaster and Lake Beverage in West Henrietta, Thursday said they expect to be out of it today.'
‘Actually, it would be nice to see the Sabres explode in Game 5 and get this thing over with. Every game has been way too close for comfort.’
‘The Sabres have never lost a series after taking a 3-1 lead. They ended four series in Game Five and the other two in Game Six.’
‘”The skill level of this team, going from one line to another, is definitely something that never happens,” Zubrus said. “”Even the good teams I’ve been on, there’s always a first and second line. Then there’s a checking line. But here, any of the four lines can score goals.”‘
‘Teddy, old pal, you’re grousing about a 15-minute oil change taking 16 minutes to a city that’s had its tires slashed. You want to talk controversial goals? Try Game Six of the 1999 Stanley Cup finals. Third overtime. Brett Hull’s skate in the crease when the decider is scored. The Cup being presented to the Stars while replays show the goal was tainted. The NHL citing a memo allegedly released during the season claiming such goals would be construed as legit. Yeah, we’ll get over it … in three generations.’
‘“They’re just trying to cause some controversy to get their guys mad about something, and it’s understandable,” Miller said Thursday. “It was very close, but I feel the play stayed between my legs until I was pushed.”‘
‘Regier believed he got a raw deal in 1995, when Islanders ownership was looking for a general manager and overlooked him. Regier had been a good, hard, productive, respected worker for the organization for the better part of two decades. He was a direct heir of Bill Torrey and Al Arbour and he was working as the GM after Don Maloney was fired. Still, the management group chose coach Mike Milbury over Regier. There is a four-letter word for decisions like that one…’.
Isles Try to Put Close Calls and Noncalls Behind Them (New York Times)
Ted tells Isles to forget refs (New York Daily News)
Isles must fight back (New York Post)
NHL backs calls that doomed Isles (New York Newsday)
Regier got masters degree on LI (New York Newsday)
Pushed to brink again (New York Newsday)
Sabres look to advance to conference semifinals (Sportsticker)
(8) New York Islanders (1-3) at (1) Buffalo Sabres (3-1) (The Sports Network)
Jaffe’s morning skate (NewYorkIslanders.com)
ECQF Game 5 preview (NewYorkIslanders.com)
‘”He could be here taking all the glory,” said Sabres secondyear forward Jason Pominville, “but he’s not like that. For him, it’s all about the team winning. He should know. He’s the only guy on the team who’s ever won before.”‘