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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
We’ll find out plenty about the Sabres in Ottawa. The Sabres’ recent history reveals a team that comes back strong once it gets smacked around. They had three other winning streaks of four games or more. Of course, they weren’t playing the Senators, either. It has been, what, March since they strung together three strong periods? They might want to show up for 120 minutes in Ottawa.
Either that or prepare the golf clubs.
from the Hockey News,
Five minutes into double-OT, Joe Corvo breaks the hearts of all of Buffalo. A small cadre of Ottawa fans celebrate as a fusillade of empty cups hurtle towards them. The arena is near-empty by the time the third star of the game is announced. The mountain for the Sabres, heading to Ottawa for Game 3, is mighty high.
more on the game…
An interesting note from the HNIC folks last night.
If the year ends in ‘7’, only a Canadian team or the Wings have won the Cup.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
As if the 4-3 double overtime decision in Game 2 last night wasn’t a crushing enough blow in itself, the Sens did it by erasing an early two-goal lead by the Sabres and then surviving a game-tying, OT-creating goal by Daniel Briere with only 5.8 seconds left in the third.
That’s one heck of a double whammy.
While it’s probably a little premature to totally write off the NHL’s best team during the regular season just yet, there’s little evidence at hand to suggest the Sabres are capable of taking either four straight or four out of the next five from the surging Senators.
from Roy MacGregor at the Globe and Mail,
It was a game dramatically sent into overtime by the local heroes with six seconds left in regulation. It was decided, in favour of the Ottawa Senators, on a rifle-like shot from the point that would not have been stopped by a Zamboni.
It featured two of the most talented teams in the league and undoubtedly the two quickest in a sport that finally woke up to the fact that it was putting its fans to sleep.
In rewarding speed over impediment and skill over obstruction, this National Hockey League playoff game produced a work of sports art that offered the shock and soaring hope of lightning quick transition, the breathtaking beauty of puck control and, from time to time, the utter chaos and randomness that separates the Canadian game from those far more familiar to American sports fans.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So Phoenix also is talking to dismissed Columbus GM Doug MacLean about taking over the operation. Let’s see. Hmmm. In his six seasons, MacLean’s Blue Jackets never came closer than 19 points to a playoff spot (that in their first year), finishing an average of 26 points out of eighth place under his direction. Plus, let’s not forget the trade for Sergei Fedorov.
By all means, why wouldn’t the Coyotes be interested?
more from Larry on the Sharks, Don Maloney and the NHLPA…
To all the mothers out in the hockey world- Today is your day, make sure you enjoy it to the fullest.
To all the other people- Make sure to treat mom to something special today.
The Ducks know they can’t spend time with their mom’s today, so they did a little posing yesterday.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The polar opposite workspace of Dominik Hasek and Tomas Holmstrom barely take up 2% of a National Hockey League rink.
But Hasek’s blue-hued plot and Holmstrom’s squat just outside the other crease is the most hotly disputed territory in this series, through which the Red Wings’ improbable Stanley Cup march must flow.
During my conversations with Bob McKenzie and Kelly Hrudey in the last few days, both mentioned Buffalo had not yet played the way they were capable of playing. Kelly also mentioned he wasn’t so sure if we would ever see the Sabres reach their peak during the playoffs and so far he is right.
Buffalo now faces a must win Monday in Ottawa. The Sens have looked impressive and deserve the 2-0 lead.
Don’t forget to watch the post game interviews.
from the CP via TSN,
Hasek would have liked to have had somebody in a crossing guard’s outfit in front of his crease on Friday night.
“There was lots of traffic, probably the most I’ve seen this year,” he said. “Once in a while they even bumped into me and once I got an elbow coming down on me.
“The next game I expect very similar things from them. I expect them to talk to me, make lots of traffic, once in a while bump into me, fall on me. This is part of the game. I think it’s more the job of my defencemen to take care of this business.”
Doesn’t the crease-crashing bother him?
“Not if we’re winning,” he replied with a chuckle.
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