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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo remains the deeper, faster and more skilled team in this series. The Sabres would have won in the first overtime had Derek Roy’s shot inside the post bounced the right way rather than slither along the goal line. It also could have ended in regulation had off-ice officials given Karel Rachunek credit for a goal that bounced off his skate on a play Jagr started behind the Buffalo net.
We’ll see where it goes from here. The Sabres would be satisfied with a split in New York and a 3-1 lead going back to Buffalo for Game Five. Jagr has a reputation for playing tough at home and soft on the road. And, really, the Sabres actually have done a good job on him. Tallinder and Toni Lydman have been solid.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
Both teams dug in and battled deep into a second overtime. The game featured all the best things about the sport. It had the skill, speed and determination that make hockey, especially playoff hockey, very special.
And, guess what? Nobody hit anybody over the head with a stick. I’m sure that was a big disappointment for the relentless anti-puck crowd. On this day, the league shined. If you were paying attention to the bigger picture, it was a win-win for the league. Of course, not everybody could be expected to see that picture.
“It’s hard for me or the guys in this room to appreciate that right now,” said Sabres co-captain Chris Drury, still soaked in sweat after the bitter loss. “Stepping back, though, I could see where it helps our game.”
from the Rangers Blog at the New York Post,
The tone was set with the kilotons of non-calls by the refs, favoring the Sabres to an absurd degree. The tension built to maddening proportions with each missed scoring opportunity and each bad call against the Rangers.
Buffalo got seven power plays in regulation to the Rangers two. To further tip things in the Sabres’ favor, a goal — just as valid as the Pominville one that counted in game two — was called back. The reason? The most indistinct “distinct kicking motion” I’ve ever seen.
Seriously, if the League and the refs don’t have it out for the Rangers, I can’t explain why so little seems to go their way.
Waiting for the 2nd OT to start in the Rangers/Sabres game, and I think it just may be a fluke goal that ends this game.
The ice conditions are terrible and I would have thought we would have saw more “toss” it at the net shots in the first OT.
One good thing, the NHL has now knocked “Barbaro, A Nation’s Horse” off the air, at least on the east coast.
From Larry Brooks at the NY Post,
If the Rangers sincerely believed what they were telling the press yesterday about not having to dramatically ramp up their game in order to have a chance of advancing, they are not only kidding themselves, but the postseason will become the offseason within a week.
Game 3 at the Garden this afternoon, and however many remain in the series, will be about depth, no question about that. But more so it will be about the Rangers’ best players bringing their collective “A” game to the rink for the first time this series.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
“They probably think it’s over. That’s OK,” said Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, who assisted on a Martin Straka power-play goal 10:08 into the first period that gave the Rangers their first lead of the series at 1-0.
“A series can change with one play, with one period. You never know,” he said.
Jagr might well have been talking about this game as much as his team’s chances of reversing the flow of this suddenly one-sided series.
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.
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
A better Avery
Sean Avery did not play a Sean Avery game.
He looked more like Ryan Hollweg than anything else. He skated hard and was aggressive, while throwing some decent hits, but he didn’t come close to crawling under anyone’s skin, like only he can do.
Although the Rangers had 34 shots on net, a lot of those shots were long shots, or taken from bad angles, with no one crashing the net for rebounds. Traffic in front is a must.
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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