'Viewed from Buffalo's perspective, the gutsy Rangers team that became one of the NHL's hottest after the trade deadline represents nothing more than an obstacle on the way to expected June glory. Although the Rangers have been playing their best hockey of the season and are coming off a four-game sweep of Atlanta in the playoffs' first round, they enter this series as a marked underdog.'
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'"They should feel good about themselves. They had a tremendous record, swept Atlanta and have a lot of aspects of their game that are going well. We know this is going to be a tremendous challenge."'
'"I think the worst of the pressure was in the first round because you're 1 against 8 and everyone just expects you to walk through them and basically destroy the other team," offered Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere, who is tied for the team lead with five points. "Now, as you move on, it's the best teams that are left standing and it just gets tougher and tougher. The difference is not as big as you move on and I think the pressure goes away a little bit with each and every round."'
'Sabres in 6.'
'"I don't know what it was with the Islanders but there just wasn't a lot of hatred," Sabres star Daniel Briere said Tuesday, the eve of a second-round series with the New York Rangers. "You look at some of the other series and some of them they were destroying each other left and right. With our series, everybody was nice to each other … But I'm expecting that to change pretty quickly."'
‘”They look ordinary,” Eric goes on. “The number one pair of (Toni) Lydman and (Henrik) Tallinder are both in the minus after combining for a plus-29 in the regular season and Jaro Spacek hasn’t shown the form that made him so valuable to Edmonton last Spring.”‘
'Coach Lindy Ruff said Connolly was allowed to rest Tuesday a day after he left practice early with a sore hamstring.'
'Perry’s is far from the only business taking a chance, and making more sales, on the buzz and good feelings generated by another Sabres run at the Stanley Cup. From big-screen television dealers to ice cream makers to grocery stores, it seems like every business in Western New York with something to sell is selling better with the Sabres on it, or at least in the minds of customers.'
'Buffalo doesn't have the best record in the league by some sort of fluke. They are more than legit. But the Rangers are playing very well themselves. They've been playing an up-tempo, smart game for quite some time, so I don't know that either has an advantage that you can point to.'
'I'm still looking for it to go at least six games, if not seven.'