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Sabres Need To Show Up

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.

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Observations From Last Night

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.

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Big Advantage- Sens

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.

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Entertainment- NHL Style

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.

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Buffalo In A Hole

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.

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The Sens Talk Today

Bryan Murray, Daniel Alfredsson and Ray Emery…

Q. Coach, any thoughts, Lindy has already said he’s going to shuffle his lines up a bit. Is that a concern of yours or just do what you do?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: That’s a concern of him and his team to make, you know, the moves. What I suspect is he’s going back to original lines, and we kind of thought coming into the series that we would end up playing that type of combination anyway. But our lines are what they are right now, and we’ll leave them alone.

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Comrie Enjoying The Ride

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

They say the best revenge is living well, and, while Comrie certainly isn’t looking for any revenge, he is living well these days - contributing to a Stanley Cup contender in the last Canadian city still alive in the tournament. It’s a chance to change the way people in and out of hockey view him as a player and a person.
“I don’t think I’ve changed the way I played, or what I’m like as a person, but once you go through something like that people kind of look at you differently.
“My whole career has had some ups and downs. Right now I’m just enjoying being here at this moment with a great group of guys. You realize as a player that you don’t get that many chances.”

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Bad Ice

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The poor conditions Thursday night prompted Spezza to change into a new pair of skates before scoring two points in the Senators’ 5-2 victory over the Sabres.
“The rink is warm, the skates break down,” said Spezza. “(The ice) was terrible. It was slow in the Jersey series, but here it was like the puck didn’t even slide.
“You have to chip the puck in, which means there is less nice plays and more ugly ones.”
Not what the NHL would want for the Showcase Season, to be sure.

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KK Interview with CBC’s Kelly Hrudey

Paul Kukla and I had a chance to speak briefly with Kelly Hrudey of Hockey Night in Canada. From his CBC television bio:

Hrudey became a full-time hockey analyst during the 1998/99 NHL season, after providing stellar commentary during the previous four playoff seasons alongside Ron MacLean. And during the 1999 NHL playoffs, Hrudey’s segment Behind the Mask became a regular feature on Hockey Night in Canada.
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During his 15-year NHL career with the Islanders (six years), Kings (seven years) and Sharks (two years), the former Medicine Hat Tiger compiled a record of 271-265-88, with a goals against average of 3.43, with 16 shutouts.

The conversation can be downloaded here, or listened to on the player below.  Our sincere appreciation to Mr. Hrudey for taking the time to chat with us about the Conference Finals now underway.

 

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Out On A Limb

from Espo on the Playoffs at the National Post,

To tell you the truth, the way they played on Thursday night, it looks like this could be one of the shortest series of the season. Looks can be deceiving and I’m not predicting that kind of outcome. But you tell me, where do the Ottawa Senators look vulnerable? When you find something, you let me know.

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