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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Drury issued a challenge to his teammates going into Game Four. He said they had two choices: The Buffalo Sabres could curl and cry their way home or they could come back fighting like dogs. He was speaking in his usual hushed tones, but you better believe it came across loud and clear to his teammates.
Stop moaning and quit feeling sorry for yourselves. Show a little resiliency and maybe, just maybe, they could get things turned around before it was too late. Maybe they could strike fear into the Ottawa Senators. Maybe they could do what seemed impossible and win four straight. Maybe there was a little hope after all. “It was the whole locker room, not
just me,” Drury said. “Everybody understood what we were up against. It relaxed us. At some point, I don’t know when it was, but some weight was lifted off our shoulders. It was as loose as we had been in a while.”
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Losing Pronger for a game is one thing. Having everybody else not show up, again, would be something else again.
Yesterday was all about Pronger. But today has to be all about the Ducks who so spectacularly no-showed in losing 5-0 to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3.
Ducks GM Brian Burke was screaming injustice, of course. Burke enjoys nothing more in life than to be outraged. And he talks such a good game, he can almost pull you in with him. But the last thing Carlyle needs here is for the Ducks to go on the ice tonight using not having Pronger as an excuse.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
Suddenly it’s not the playoffs for Teemu Selanne.
Nobody is clipping him in the face. Nobody is nailing him with a puck during warm-ups. Nobody is driving him to the dentist.
Nothing’s going in.
“When I’ve gotten into position, I haven’t gotten the puck onto the net,” Selanne said. “It’s playoff hockey. I’ve been through things like this before. All that needs to happen is for one of those shots to go in.
“I could either be smiling or crying about this. I’d rather be smiling.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
This doesn’t make it a series.
But one more win by the Buffalo Sabres in this Eastern Conference final and, my oh my, the ghosts of blown playoff opportunities past will mischievously start whispering in the ears of the Ottawa Senators.
Suddenly, there will be a Patrick Lalime sighting. Or Jeff Friesen will be seen taking a tour on Parliament Hill.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“We missed out on the party,” said Senators coach Bryan Murray. “It’s disappointing when you lose, especially at home.”...
“We knew there was going to be a bump in the road at some point or another,” said Senators centre Jason Spezza. “We’ve just got to stick with the plan.
“We’ve shown that anytime we play our game and get pucks in deep, we’re the better hockey team. We had a lot of chances late in the second and the third. We just weren’t able to get anything by (Sabres goalie Ryan Miller). That was just a good teaching game to show what we have to do to win.”
from The Maven,
No bragging is permitted at The Maven’s Café Discreet but I must remind you that I did suggest yesterday that the Sabres could win on Wednesday night and, if so, this could turn out to be a better series than the first three games suggested….
Starting today, The Maven will diligently reply to E mails.
Buffalo hangs on for a 3-2 win and head home down 3-1.
Watch the post game presser.
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from Spector at Fox Sports,
Internet speculation suggests New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez might sign with either the Calgary Flames or Ottawa Senators as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
A quick perusal of the payroll of both clubs, however, suggests such a signing is impossible without either club dumping substantial salary to make room for the anticipated $6 million-plus per season Gomez is expected to command this summer.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It’s the kind of decision that could easily cost the Ducks Game 4 on Thursday. And if it costs them Game 4 it will give Detroit a 3-1 series lead and hence almost certainly cost the Ducks the series. And by extension, a loss to Detroit Thursday will likely cost the Ducks a trip to the Stanley Cup and the Cup itself.
If there has been a suspension handed down to a more high profile player than Pronger, a former Hart Trophy winner and nominated once again this year for the Norris Trophy, at a more crucial time of the season in recent memory, we couldn’t recall it.
But that’s the point of the matter, isn’t it?
read on, including Brian Burke comments…
added 8:37pm, more on this from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail…
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