'"It was pretty hard fought both ways; we certainly had our chances," said co-captain Chris Drury. "They obviously got one that went in and it's tough to take right now."'
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‘It was a game the Rangers had to win and they got almost none of the calls. The Sabres received seven power-play opportunities in regulation time. The Rangers got two. The Sabres got what seemed like the break of the playoffs when the Rangers had a goal disallowed by the mysterious and unaccountable people behind the video replay curtain in Toronto. A ruling that much of the living, breathing hockey world can’t begin to explain via the video replays made available to the viewing public. A near complete reversal of a play that produced a goal for the Sabres two nights earlier in Buffalo.’
'“You have to expect that in their building, back up against the wall, a must-win for them,” Miller said. “They ended up getting the right side of the post. Both teams hit some posts in overtime."'
'People were kidding themselves if they thought Jagr would become the second coming of chronic underachiever Alexei Yashin, one of the alltime no-shows in NHL history. Jagr is the most dominant player in the league when inspired, and he hasn’t looked this motivated in years.'
'This was a game the Sabres could have put away early. At the least, it was a game they could have seized control of in the second period. Their inability to cash on the power play allowed the Rangers to continue feeding off the raucous Madison Square Garden crowd and ultimately restored their hopes of getting back to even when the series resumes here Tuesday.'
'Talk about a workhorse. Rozsival, a native of the Czech Republic, played 38:16 in New York’s double-overtime win, four minutes more than any skater on either team. He logged more than 10 minutes of ice time while the Rangers were short-handed. He recorded a game-high eight of New York’s 34 blocks. He administered three hits. And he produced three shots of his own, including the one that resulted in the winning goal.'
'"I never felt like that before when we were down 2-0. I had good feelings about this game. The way we played in Buffalo, we just had a little bad luck."'
'The Milwaukee-born Stafford loves it so much he formed a band, Invisible Children, with AHL goaltender Jordan Parise (brother of New Jersey Devils forward Zach) when both attended Shattuck St. Mary's prep school in Minnesota.'
'Rozsival ended the marathon after 96 minutes 43 seconds on a shot that fooled Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller because it breezed by Rangers star Jaromir Jagr and Sabres defenceman Toni Lydman, who were only 15 feet in front of Miller.'
'Still, showing what Renney called "incredible resolve," they pulled out the win with a goal from Rozsival, a defenceman who wasn't able to practise Saturday because of a lingering knee injury. "That's what champions look like," Renney said of the hobbled defender.'