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New Sabres Formula

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Needing to win four straight games against the red-hot Ottawa Senators with only one in the bag so far remains an enormous task any which way you spin in it.
So let’s ignore the bigger picture for the moment, shall we?
What about today?
The Sabres, it would seem, have managed to re-invent themselves, or at least they did to win Game 4 on Wednesday night in the nation’s capital.

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Can The Sabres Win It

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“Buffalo is going to have to show me they can play a lot better,” said (Denis) Potvin. “Even in Game 4, I didn’t think Buffalo played that well. They weren’t skating very good, they were showing signs of what they showed in the first three games and they were still hesitant.
“I think they’re intimidated and I still think that Chris Neil’s hit on Chris Drury early in the season is still having an effect on Buffalo. I absolutely do.
“It appears to me that this series has been determined around the boards and Buffalo can’t come out with the puck.”
That’s why Potvin isn’t convinced the Senators will give up this lead.

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Lindy Talks and Talks and…

Lindy Ruff on an off-day Q & A…

Q. Lindy, the message today, you got the chance to play another home game and stay alive in this series. What’s the message to your players today?
COACH LINDY RUFF: Well, along the lines that we talked about before Game 4, again, that got to take care of all the little areas and make sure that we’re good with the puck and in a lot of situations just try to make sure we outwork them.

Q. They had a few more turnovers last game than the previous ones. Was that forecheck, guys clogging the middle better, pressure on them more?
COACH LINDY RUFF: I think it was a little bit of everything. I think that, you know, we were better with it. I think when you get the lead, a team has a tendency to try more things, you know, try to get back in the game. I think obviously when you get down by a couple, you’re going to err on the side of being more aggressive and trying to make more plays.

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One Win At A Time

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

“Only two NHL teams have ever done it,” I said. “But look at it this way. There have been 20 teams that came back to win after falling behind, 3-1, in a series. That means they’re 10 times more likely to pull it off after Game Four.”
“You know, I hadn’t thought about it that way,” Rex said, closing his notebook and shifting on his bar stool. “This team does have a way of making it hard on itself. They don’t seem to play their best until their backs are against the wall. Maybe they’re creating the ultimate crisis, to see how much we really believe.”
“Just think how tight the Senators will be if they lose Saturday,” I said. “Every media person in Canada will be talking about their history as choking dogs.”

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Factor In Luck

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Luck, though, can cause huge swings in confidence and momentum in the course of a game, ultimately deciding the outcome.
“A lot of it’s luck, but a lot of the luck you cause for yourself,” Senators centre Spezza said.
“If you’re working hard and doing things right, usually you get those breaks. We probably weren’t our sharpest the other night, and that’s probably why they got the breaks and we didn’t.”
Head coach Bryan Murray was asked what percentage of a game would typically be accounted for by lucky breaks.
“Sometimes it’s a post,” Murray said. “Sometimes it’s a rebound you don’t get to. You get a bounce like Joe Corvo ... the puck bounces on Ryan Miller.

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Don’t Let Them Back In The Arena

from The CBC,

Sean Luck said his wife, Renee Luck, who was wearing Buffalo Sabres colours and logos, was walking in front of him through the corridors of Scotiabank Place as they tried to leave the stadium with about six other Sabres fans.
“Two guys that were clearing the section to our right, as they were walking out, punched my wife four times — in the head,” Luck said. “They just seemed like they were pissed off because the Senators lost.”

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Not Dead

from TBM at NBC Sports,

Before you go shoveling more dirt on them, there’s something important to remember about the Buffalo Sabres: they’re not dead yet. Far from it.
This includes your antlered correspondent, who all but wrote them off after game three, using the Sabres troubles as an excuse to dredge up Buffalo’s tortured sports history
What can I say? It was too good to pass up.

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Sabres Respond

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.”

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If The Sabres Can Win Again

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.

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Delay The Party

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.”

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