‘”I definitely don’t think we’re playing our best hockey. I think everybody will agree on that,” Briere said. “But at the same time, what we’ve done is found ways to win.” Sometimes barely.’
Archives for April 21, 2007
‘In that sense, perhaps the relative ease with which they won the series might lead them into a false sense of security. Even though the Sabres had some good moments, it could not be said that they really dominated the series. But at the same time, many a Stanley Cup winner has looked shaky in the opening round — a lot shakier than the Sabres looked in this one.’
'A franchise that once went 13 years without a seven-game playoff series victory dispatched the Islanders in five games, yet neither its head coach nor its players were altogether pleased. Sabre players raised their sticks to salute the crowd after the handshakes were done, but there's a feeling if Buffalo doesn't play much better in the second round, it will have been the final such celebration of the postseason.'
'During the Sabres’ four games to one playoff victory over the New York Islanders, Lorentz was network quality. He was on top of all the strategic moves being made by coaches Lindy Ruff and Ted Nolan.'
'“I grew up as a Buffalo fan. Buffalo’s a way better town than Toronto. I love it here. Look at the fans here. You don’t see this in Toronto before a playoff game. No, this is a party. Toronto is so business people, and no fun, like this,” Luey said.'
'"Talk about a bizarre series," said Sabres center Jim Lorentz, who is remembered more for one incident that night than any other in his entire 10-year career. "Not only were we besieged with fog throughout the series, but in the one game in Buffalo, a bat started flying around the Aud. Now I don't know how the bat got into the building or whether someone brought it into the building or took up residence there, no one seems to know."'
‘“I’ve never brought my husband to a game,” said Gillian Wellman, 27, of Barker, who this season attended seven games. “Last year, we didn’t have tickets and we went out to watch the games every single night. Nothing will come between me and hockey. I’m here for the Cup.”’
‘“Bottom line is, we’re moving on,” Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen said. “Five games, that’s always nice. But it was a good reminder for everybody and for our team how tough we have to play and how hard we have to work to get a win in the playoffs.”’
‘“I just tried to take it to the net and stick my leg out there to protect the puck a little bit,” he said. “I was able to get enough time there to get a shot off. I threw it to the net and I happened to find a hole. It was good to get the first one over with. I was waiting for it for a few games.”’
‘Satan signed his big contract, a three-year deal worth $12.75 million with the Isles. His departure signaled the moment the Sabres transformed from a group of individuals into a team. Buffalo became a serious threat last season, the NHL’s best team this year. Need more evidence his move to Long Island was addition by subtraction? No.’