'“It’s probably the most important piece,” Lindy Ruff said of Gaustad's role in the power play's success. “If you look at Thomas [Vanek] on one unit being the guy in front of the net and Paul [Gaustad] in the other unit, you are the guy that has to obstruct the goalie. There are not many goalies in this league that you can with a shot from past the top of the circle unless he has to fight to see it.”'
Archives for October 12, 2007
'Said forward Jason Pominville: "We definitely played better. That's our main concern. Our special teams were terrific. We got three goals early; our penalty kill killed off a five-on-three early (and) didn't even give them a shot on net, which definitely created momentum. It was fun to see our power play rewarded like that."'
'“To be able to score on the power play when you get that many chances is going to win you hockey games,” said Sabres center Tim Connolly, who had a goal and assist.'
'“It was better having gone to see him and be able to talk to him and tell him I love him and send him on his journey with him knowing that he meant a lot to me,” Miller said. “I actually felt good about the situation. We couldn’t save him, there was no chance. So we had to let him go and the best thing we could do was send him off with love and learn from him and be inspired as best we could.”'
'“It’s always nice to score on any shift during the season, but I just wanted to come out strong and play my game,” Kotalik said. “I got a chance on special teams, and it was just a great setup by Tim Connolly. It was an easy shot for me. From my angle I had the empty net. “It feels good.”'
‘Miller wasn’t tested too much by a sputtering Atlanta offense that has generated just four goals in its first four games, all regulation losses. But when he needed to make a key save to help keep Buffalo’s momentum going, Miller was there. “That’s the kind of attitude we need to have,” he said.’
‘”We wanted to go out and put on a good performance and improve on our previous two games,” Connolly said. “We got it going in the right direction, but there’s still room for us to improve.”‘
‘Tim Connolly and Brian Campbell each had a goal and two assists in the win.’
‘“The first one is always the toughest one to get,” Connolly said. “The special teams and the power play was moving the puck around well and working as a five-man unit. When you do that good things are going to happen out there.”‘