'"Well, we finally figured out that we need some desperation," Miller said. "It's like we were scared for once."'
Archives for May 2, 2007
'In addition, Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff said Maxim Afinogenov, who was benched for Game Four, will definitely play in Game Five at the HSBC Arena Friday night.'
'Indeed, the Sabres had another slow, unremarkable start. They didn’t score until Ales Kotalik’s tally 9:04 into the third period, which came less than a minute after Brendan Shanahan gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead. “We lost too many battles,” Kotalik said. “That’s not the way we wanted to play. We picked it up in the third. It was too little, too late. We need to play (like) we played in the third period.”'
'He was nursing a bruised knee.'
'"He'll be seeing the doctor tomorrow and we'll see where he's at and make a decision on it," coach Lindy Ruff said.'
'"If they didn't come in here thinking they could win the series it would be for a lack of experience possibly, or a lack of exposure to Buffalo," Renney said. "(But) I truly believe our guys think they can beat anybody."'
'The bottom line is there should have been another angle or a higher-quality camera to reveal that the puck did indeed cross the line. Instead, we were robbed of an overtime playoff game and that is a cruel twist of fate for a hockey fan.'
‘During their first-round series against Atlanta, the Rangers had 24 power-play opportunities in only four games. Atlanta didn’t play disciplined, and the Rangers made them pay with five power-play goals in the series.’
'The discussion at the Sabres' practice may be animated, too, but to hear the comments from Ruff, Briere and others, you realize that this is a team that won't overreact. The Sabres believe they are the better team. Their plight in this series is similar to what the 1994 Rangers faced when they won the Cup. Facing a Vancouver team that wasn't nearly as deep and talented, New York built a 3-1 series lead only to face a seventh game. The Rangers hadn't won a title in 54 years, which created an extra burden on a franchise that had a number of close calls in the interim. Those Rangers didn't panic. These Sabres, who are carrying the weight of their city's sporting frustrations on their shoulders, likely won't, either.'
'The Sabres lost back-to-back games for the first time in nearly two months. In the regular season they lost only once when the opponent netted two or fewer goals.'