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Sabres Were Not Good Enough

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

You could sense all season that the Sabres weren’t going deep into the postseason and that alone is hardly a crime. They were a playoff team but little more, certainly not one that could match up with the powerhouses you see playing for the Stanley Cup every season. Simply, they weren’t ready to contend this season.

For evidence, see the Bruins. They missed the playoffs two straight years after the lockout. Two years ago, they lost in seven games to Montreal. Last season, they beat the Canadiens but lost in seven games to Carolina. That team is essentially intact, and it knew what needed to be done against the Sabres this time around.

David Krejci had been mostly quiet through the first five games before scoring two goals in Game Six. Mark Recchi and Miroslav Satan also scored for the Bruins, who were carried by their veterans throughout the series.

Who scored for Buffalo? Patrick Kaleta, rookie Nathan Gerbe and gimpy Thomas Vanek. The Sabres’ younger players showed up for the playoffs and most of their veterans did not.

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Vanek Will Play Tonight

via John Vogl of Sabres Edge,

Thomas Vanek will be in the lineup for the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

“All indications point to him playing,” coach Lindy Ruff said before the Sabres took the ice for the 11:30 morning skate.

“The only decision I can make is whether I think his conditioning will be enough to get him through a game,” Ruff said. “I think it will be. He indicated yesterday that he felt he was ready to play.”

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Numbers Say Buffalo Should Be Leading

from CBC,

In every game of the series the Bruins have gone down by a goal within the first nine minutes of the game. The trend is actually getting worse for Boston, as Buffalo has been on the scoreboard within the first 2½ minutes of the last two games.

Boston has held a lead for just under 20 minutes total in the entire series, while Buffalo has played with a lead for a cumulative total that nearly the equals three entire games — 178 minutes.

The Bruins hold an incongruous advantage in the series because they prevailed in a double overtime thriller in Game 4, a contest in which they never led.

more on the Bruins/Sabres series…

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Afternoon Line

“I’ve heard and read Lindy’s comments. Hopefully, it’s his way of taking pressure off his team.  If not, it’s a lot of whining. Simple as that. Every coach has his tactics. You just worry about yourself. As I said last night, we seem to be the team that’s doing bad things. They seem to be the team that’s on the nice side of all that stuff and they do nothing wrong. It’s tactics. Those are things in the playoffs that coaches use, hopefully to their advantage. I don’t pay much attention to it.”

-Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien on Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.  More on the series from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge.

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Sabres Stay Alive

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

This first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs has shown that there are plenty of ways to respond to possible elimination. The Ottawa Senators scratched and clawed their way to a triple-overtime victory over the Penguins Penguins when backed against the wall. The New Jersey Devils got down a couple of goals to the Philadelphia Flyers and rolled over.

The Sabres? Their response was complete domination. If all you watched was Buffalo’s 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday, it would be hard to believe the Bruins left Buffalo with a 3-2 series lead.

Is it possible that the team with a series lead has its back against the wall? Because that’s what it feels like with the Bruins.

“Tonight was obviously our best game,” said Miller, who made 34 saves. “Now that they’ve seen our best game, they have to react to our best game.”

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NHL Will Be Reviewing This

Zdeno Chara with an instigator penalty along with additional minutes.

This all took place with less than a second to go in the game tonight.

Rule states an automatic suspension for instigator within the last five minutes of the 3rd period, but NHL can review and make the final decision.

added 11:59pm, via Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,

“I think if you do something like that you risk, and it’s a serious risk, of an instigator,” said Ruff. “You come in and start throwing punches, I think [the league] needs to take a hard look. Anything in the last five minutes is stupid to do. I like the fact that we had one guy grabbing [Chara] by the knees, one guy grabbing him around the waist and another guy grabbing him around the neck and the big man went down.”

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Sudden Death Hockey- Nothing Like It

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

There might be better things in sports than Stanley Cup playoff overtime hockey, but I can’t think of any right now. Overtime playoff hockey isn’t a fabricated duel of penalty shots. It’s not football, where you usually win if you correctly call the coin toss. It’s not baseball, where you know you have one last shot if you are the home team. No. Hockey’s playoff overtime is two teams skating up and down the ice until one drops to sudden death.

First goal wins.

Sudden life for the Boston Bruins.

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Ruff Night

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff’s wallet could be a few bucks lighter after he’s finished paying a fine for criticizing the officials, but you could understand his frustration after the game Wednesday. A terrible call in the third period shifted momentum to the Bruins and enabled them to crawl back from another two-goal deficit.

Cody McCormick was summoned by Buffalo from Portland to add some much-needed muscle and tenacity, and that’s exactly what he provided. He made a great play to set up Tim Kennedy for the first goal. And he was going hard to the net when he was taken off of his feet before slamming into Tuukka Rask, leading to goaltender interference.

Terrible call? Definitely.

Tough break? Yes.

Ruff had a legitimate beef and allowed his emotions to get the better of him, plain and simple.

continued and watch a portion of Ruff’s post game conference below…

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Mark Recchi Wins The Battle

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

No league for old men, huh? No one is telling that to the 42-year-old Recchi, whose spirited play and boundless guile have helped the Bruins to a 2-1 series lead. Three games into the postseason, the sure-shot Hall of Famer has a pair of goals and last night’s winning assist, the latter a textbook example in sheer hockey know-how and chutzpah. Kennedy looked like a freshman spending his first day at Recchi University and Lesson 1 was a tough one.

“It’s just my fault there,’’ said Kennedy, who has a family name that rarely gets so leveled in this part of the country. “I’ve just got to win that battle. You can’t let that play happen.’’

more and watch the video of Recchi winning the battle for the puck…

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Matt Ellis - Keep Your Head Up

Jonny Boychuk with the big time hit tonight.

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