'One of the areas that they need to improve on is their play in their own zone, and I give the Islanders credit for this. They did a great job on forechecking. They had Buffalo hemmed in their zone for long periods of time. If you go back to certain periods of the games, the Islanders – I hesitate to say "dominated" – but they certainly did at times.'
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‘“I’ve just secretly been making up things in my head about guys on their team that they’ve done to me so I can identify with them when we’re going in a corner,” Avery said Monday in New York. “I’ve already decided I hate all those guys, so we’re not going to have any problem with that.”’
'"It's definitely not getting any easier," he said. "(The Rangers) have a pretty good team. … We're going to have to step it up a notch."'
'“Based on what we see during the regular season, we anticipate more business from Rangers fans than we did from Islanders fans,” said Michael Marsch, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.'
'“No. No,” Ruff said. “We didn’t do any changing on the fly this year. We didn’t pour anybody over the boards. We’ll get matchups that we like.”'
‘“One thing I will say is we are a different team than we were three months ago. Buffalo is what they are. Maybe we’re a little less familiar to them than they are to us. They are a good team. I’m not going to take anything away from them, but I’m not going to pump their tires, either.”’
‘”If you look at records and the way we played the last two months, I don’t think you can call us an underdog by any means,” said winger Sean Avery. “It’s going to be a good series and they’re going to have to bring their hard hats, just like we are.”‘
‘”I’m going to hurt them, I’m going to hit them, I’m going to be in their face as much as I can,” the Rangers’ catalytic converter said after yesterday’s practice, providing a clip that Lindy Ruff will undoubtedly post on his team’s bulletin board prior to tomorrow night’s Game 1 of the Eastern semis in Buffalo. “Each check is going to be a little bit harder. Their speed isn’t an issue to me.”‘
‘”I can see us playing four lines and having an effect on Buffalo because of that,” he said. “I think there’s a way to play Buffalo to have success: Stick with it, be patient.”‘
‘”You have to do it,” Jagr said. “It’s a lot harder and tougher, you have to press from behind. But they’re so fast. You can’t give them much room. … I thought we played a wide-open game earlier in the season, and we can’t play a wide-open game against Buffalo.”‘