'"Last night was one of those games where I barely touched the puck, where usually I'm in control of the puck and can make things happen" said Briere. "Last night, the puck just wasn't coming around and except for maybe two, three shifts, I just wasn't there. I couldn't find the puck, and part of the problem is that I've got to get open. I've got to find ways and lanes to find that puck."'
Archives for May 12, 2007
‘Lindy Ruff thinks the Sabres’ youth explains their maddening lapses. Thomas Vanek thinks it means those wild parties in the plaza will be happening every spring for the foreseeable future.’
‘”Look at a guy like Teppo Numminen, someone that I admire so much. It felt a bit strange, at first, going up to him and saying ‘Tepp, I think you should play it this way . . . ‘ Dmitri Kalinin was my defence partner here in Buffalo for three seasons. Now, I’m his coach. It’s an adjustment, both ways. “Just like Lindy. I know it kills him inside sometimes not to be able to make a joke or pull a gag on someone. Because that’s a part of him, too. But he’s the boss now. The dynamics change.”‘
‘It was an abomination on the ice. The Buffalo Sabres looked like a deer in the headlights Thursday night. The final score was 5-2, but it could have been 9-2 had Ryan Miller not played spectacular.’
'“It’s one game. I know it’s tough,” said coach Lindy Ruff. “It doesn’t sit well with anybody.”'
'Something’s amiss between the Sabres’ coach and their co-captain, their leading regular-season scorer, their leading playoff scorer. What else is there to conclude after Briere bolted HSBC Arena postgame Thursday night and spent Friday deferring all clock questions to Ruff, who tried to defuse (or maybe confuse) the matter by firing scattershot.'
'Too often, the Sabres play as if they want it to be easy, and wind up making it too hard. They talk about desperation and needing to win little battles. They act as if desire is something that can be manufactured on a whim, when circumstances require it.'
'And it was big retribution for Ottawa’s fourth line, which was on the ice when Maxim Afinogenov scored for the Sabres in the first period.'
'“I can’t expect a Sabre fan of the last 30 years to want to not listen to Rick,” Beninati said.'
'He added that he expects MSG’s owners, Cablevision, will correct it by June, which is more than a month too late for the Sabres since MSG doesn’t have the rights to any more playoff games.'