'"We got some player that are five, six pounds underweight and haven't practiced that are just trying to get through games. I think the important part is we got to manage that," Ruff said, "it hurts not being able to practice but I think the smart thing to do with the number of games we have to play is try to get everybody as healthy as we can."'
Archives for February 18, 2008
'“We wanted to rebound and play a good first period,” forward Derek Roy said after the Sabres fell to the Pens 4-1 before another capacity crowd of 18,690 at HSBC Arena. “The only thing we could’ve done better was to score a goal in the first. We missed some huge chances and it came back to haunt us.”'
'“Same story, a different game,” said Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek. “They played a smart game and kind of waited for our mistakes."'
'“He’s a big part of why we’ve had success,” said Pittsburgh head coach Michel Therrien. “His goaltending is a big part and he’s making the most of the opportunity he’s been given here in Pittsburgh.”'
'Ray remembers a similar occurrence during his playing days, when he and his teammates came to the aide of former captain Pat LaFontaine, much like Buffalo came to the aid of Chris Drury against Ottawa. "Years ago when Patty LaFontaine got his jaw broken against Calgary, that next game back here in Buffalo…there was a lot of attention to it. That night we had a frickin' all-out line brawl. We ended up being in their bench. I was right in by the trainers in the Calgary bench. That was probably the one that was an emotional fight. For a team, that was it."'
'“Obviously, we went from a spot where we could be right in the middle of the pack to scratching and clawing again,” Mair said. “But if everything came easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing.”'
'“You have to feel confident in the strength [of the ankle],” Crosby, the NHL’s reigning scoring champion and Most Valuable Player, told The Buffalo News following the workout. “It’s responded pretty well but once you get in a game I don’t want it to be one of those things where I play one and sit out a few more.”'
'“I think some people mis-assessed the character of this team,” goaltender Ty Conklin said of those who wrote off the Pens when Crosby went down. “Not everybody. We certainly didn’t in this room.”'
'“It went a lot better than I thought as opposed to [Saturday],” Connolly said after Buffalo’s 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in HSBC Arena. “The extra day of rest helped out quite a bit. I was able to play a regular shift and help out where I could on special teams."'
‘The Penguins won again, this time by a comfortable margin of 4-1, primarily because Ty Conklin — who was Buffalo’s backup goaltender at the end of the 2006-07 season — looked like the second coming of Dominik Hasek in his Sabres’ prime for the third straight game against his ex-teammates.’