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Friday Recap

from the Hockey News,

Seconds after the Sabres secured a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 Friday, Ruff blew a gasket as he flew off the Sabres bench to complain to game officials about a blown offside call in the final six seconds—which led to a Rangers desperation shot on goal—and about a Rangers too-many-men-on-the-ice infraction that was botched by the referees in the dying minutes.
Ruff was waving his arms and screaming at anything dressed in black and white stripes….
God bless you for scoring, Jeff Cowan. And god bless you, too, J-S Giguere, for allowing a goal at such a strange angle.

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Sabres Everywhere

fro Buffalo Business First,

A quick Google search found Zakowicz’ unofficial site among more than 600 Sabres-related sites and blogs. Those include the team site, Sabres.com, and unofficial ones such as Sabresreport.com, Sabreslegends.com and NewBlueandGold.com.
All boast Sabres facts and updates. Some go one step further by offering highlight clips of TV broadcasts originating from “Hockey Night in Canada,” the MSG Network or NBC.
In legal terms, blogging or running a Sabres-related site is perfectly legal - a First Amendment right. But when unofficial sites use official logos, game footage and images - as many do, including Zakowicz’ - copyright questions arise.
“It’s difficult to police, but we are doing the best we can,” said Michael Gilbert, Sabres’ director of public relations.

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Renney Backs Off

via the Toronto Sun,

He said he never intended to rile the top-seeded Sabres by questioning their status as a legitimate Cup favourite before the series started. Renney’s line “they’re not the cream of the crop” was gobbled up and spat out by media and players alike in these parts.
“You have to be more calculated in what you offer up,” Renney said. “You’d expect the same from your players.
“I’m most disappointed because those weren’t my words. I was asked the question, ‘Do you think Buffalo is the cream of the crop?’ The answer was misconstrued. But (the fallout) is like sticking a tennis ball up a tail pipe.”

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Bettman in Buffalo

From James Fink at ‘Business First’,

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, in his first visit to Buffalo in more than one year, remains impressed with the Sabres turnaround—both on and off the ice.
Bettman was in town to catch Wednesday’s opening game of the Sabres - New York Rangers playoff series.
As league commissioner, Bettman played a critical role in guiding the Sabres through their bankruptcy period that ran for nearly one year. The Sabres’ financial woes, which emerged in 2002, were the direct result of the accounting scandal that rocked former owner John Rigas, his family and Adelphia Communications Corp., the cable TV company he founded.
At the height of the scandal, the NHL took over ownership of the Sabres and kept the team afloat…

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Buffalo is Feeling the Hate

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

There is nothing like a little hatred to get a team going in the playoffs, according to Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. In other words, if Sean Avery didn’t exist, they would have had to invent him.
You could say that this was a classic case of an agitator agitating in reverse, although no one did say it after the Sabres beat Avery and the Rangers, 5-2, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. Neither side acknowledged that by talking big before the series, Avery might have stirred the Sabres into something bigger.

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Sabres May Meet More “Old Friends”

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres knocked off the Ted Nolan-coached New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. They’re not looking past the Rangers, but it shouldn’t stop anybody else. If Buffalo can dispatch New York and Ottawa beats New Jersey, the Sabres would reacquaint themselves with Senators General Manager John Muckler.
Of course, this journey wouldn’t be complete without Dominik Hasek. The Dominator was back to his old tricks in Detroit. He helped keep the Red Wings’ hopes for another Stanley Cup alive when they beat the Calgary Flames in the first round.
Reminder for first-time riders on the Sabres’ bandwagon and anybody who hasn’t graduated from high school: Nolan, Muckler, Hasek and Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn were embroiled in a power struggle for the ages after Buffalo won the Northeast Division title in 1997.

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Sabres Not Worried

from the New York Times,

Renney expressed doubts that the Sabres, who finished with the league’s best record during the regular season, were the “cream of the crop.” And the voluble Avery said he would be out to “hurt” the Sabres.
“It’s psychological warfare,” Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller said. “I don’t think anybody in here is going to play that game.”
He added: “We’re just going to worry about hockey. We’re not going to worry about the off-ice, in-between-whistles stuff, which is apparently what they’ve already started.”

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Ruff & Briere

Lindy Ruff and Daniel Briere took part in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Both teams had quick series. How was the layoff for the Buffalo Sabres? How did you deal with it?
LINDY RUFF: Well, we took one day off. We took the Saturday, anticipating the series may start as early as Wednesday. We had a light day on Sunday, two good practices leading into Wednesday. It worked out that we anticipated playing Wednesday.

Q. When I looked at the stats, it’s been a while since you met the Rangers. I guess you were all involved in games early on in the year, three of those in overtime, one shutout. We all know that a four-game series can be close. What do you expect from the Rangers?
LINDY RUFF: Well, I expect them, as they played in the playoffs, finished off the regular season, to be a very tough opponent. They’ve proven here in the four games they played Atlanta that they’re a different team than when we played them in December. Even though when we played them previous to that we won in shootouts and I think three of them went to overtime, that right now they’re a different team. They’re deeper. They have offense coming from deeper in their lineup. Their goaltending has been fabulous. It’s going to be a tremendous test.

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A Shocker

from The Maven,

By rights, I should never let emotion get the best of me when it comes to predicting Stanley Cup playoff series.
Granted, I lost it the other night, suggesting that the Rangers will sweep the Sabres.
That’s a stretch; but there’s no doubt in my mind that the Blueshirts will beat Buffalo – and I’ll make it in five games.
The Rangers have better goaltending – Henny Lundqvist over Ryan Miller – and have jelled at the right time.

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Avery Getting Psyched

from the Buffalo News,

The New York Rangers haven’t had a game in six days, so their players have had a lot of downtime to fill. Avery has been using his to visualize his opponents in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“I’ve just secretly been making up things in my head about guys on their team that they’ve done to me so I can identify with them when we’re going in a corner,” Avery said Monday in New York. “I’ve already decided I hate all those guys, so we’re not going to have any problem with that.”
Hate is a common word when discussing Avery. His peers named him the most hated player in the NHL in a poll by the Hockey News, and he won in a landslide. Avery got 66 percent of the vote while Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo placed second with just 6 percent.

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