'“We know that we can be better, but we’ve been saying that before,” Tallinder said. "It’s a different thing to say than do it. We have to do it. It's tough.”'
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'"It's a great thing," said Daigle. "It's really exciting for anybody who has been involved with that organization. They went through some tough times at the beginning. There's a lot of good people in that organization, it's well run."'
'"It's just the will to win and the understanding that sometimes you have to do a little more than usual, whether you're an offensive guy or whatever," added Phillips. "It's doing things that may be uncharacteristic for you to do; to try to help the team win."'
'"We're not going to quit," said Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere, whose expression belied the brave face he and everyone else on the team tried to put on the situation. "We're down to one game and I'm hoping everyone is going to lay it on the line. We're going to keep looking, keep searching until somebody tells us it's completely over and we have to go home." Given the way Ottawa has so completely dominated this series and shut down Buffalo's top players like Briere, Chris Drury and Thomas Vanek, it's hard to imagine that won't be happening tonight.'
'"Brian Campbell trying a spin-o-rama on the first shift in Game 3 – do we need that?" Ruff said. "I like the way Brian played this year and in the playoffs, but is your mind in the right place when you're doing that?"'
'If you don’t like the word quit, try whiney, or demoralized, spiritless or even intimidated (see Chris Neil’s cruise along the red line in the pre-game warmup). Any word you can think of would tell the same story. The Senators showed up and brought their A game. The Sabres brought Miller and nothing else unless you count self pity.'
'But the Sabres should realize that, even if they could return to their past form, it would be like trying to use an expired credit card. They need more than that which worked for them in the regular season.'
'“The first five, 10 minutes is going to be really crucial for us, to show what the team’s made of and what kind of character we have in the locker room,” Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell said.'
'This is likely the final season in Buffalo for one or both of the co-captains, something that’s been acknowledged since last summer. Since Ottawa holds a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, the next loss is likely the final game for one or both. They become unrestricted free agents in 6 1/2 weeks.'
'The Senators had been kicked down, smacked around, left for dead so many times that they finally grew accustomed to handling every situation. Sometimes, a team needs to lose a few different ways before understanding how to win. The Sabres thought they had it figured out, but along came a Senators team that looks unbeatable and refuses to take the postseason for granted.'