'"Once again, most people think that we're done. After the way that game went, most people probably said, 'Good fight, but they're done.' We have an opportunity, starting with our home game in Game 6 to kind of do what we've done all year, which is sneak up on people and prove them wrong."'
Archives for May 5, 2007
'"It's a tough heartbreaker for New York," said Sabres winger Ales Kotalik. "It's tough for your mind and your head to lose a game like that. Hopefully we can carry that momentum into tomorrow's game, leave everything we have on the ice and try to close it out."'
‘The day after Friday’s 2-1 overtime victory, some of the Sabres were still talking about the way the team rallied. “It’s been happening for us the whole season,” defenseman Teppo Numminen told WGR’s Paul Hamilton. “We’ve been able to come back in the third period many times. I think that helps us mentally, believing that we can do it no matter what the situation is.”‘
‘Fedor Tyutin iced the puck with just 16 seconds remaining when he likely could have taken a few more steps through open ice before firing down the length of the rink. It was just one, however, of a myriad of errors the Rangers made in the game.’
‘In our version of “Miracle on Ice,” Miller allows a freaky goal that looks like it’s going to cost his team its season and its dream, The Sign Lady leads the faithful when all hope seems to be lost, Drury rescues all of Buffalo with a seeing-eye shot for the ages and Afinogenov goes from the press box to the middle of one of the wildest celebrations in franchise history, redeemed. But not until Drury almost goes from superhero to slug, his rescuer — Miller.’
‘Heart Attack Arena. That’s what HSBC Arena should be named after this season. The Sabres are the cardiac kids and are living on the very edge, giving their fans excessive stress with their late game dramatics.’
‘“It’s not easy to overcome this one,” Rangers winger Jaromir Jagr said. “We were so close. We have to somehow forget about it and act like we were down, 3-1, and won the game today.”’
‘“It’s 60 minutes you play, so it doesn’t matter,” Lundqvist said. “They made a good play at the end, and it paid off. We can’t think too much about that, we just have to move on.”’
‘“He’s had a tough few days,” Drury said, “but to his credit, he never snapped. It’s a great story.”’
‘But the real reason Buffalo now has a 3-2 series lead is because Drury’s heart never skips a beat when everybody else is ready to drop dead. Let’s face it, if he didn’t beat Henrik Lundqvist in the final seconds, the Sabres were as good as gone from the playoffs. But now? They could wrap up the series with a victory Sunday afternoon. Amazing.’