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Bryan Murray and Daniel Alfredsson from this morning…
Q. Bryan, your goaltender, he’s always the second goaltender in every series. He started out the playoffs as, quote, unquote, the only weak link this team had perhaps. At what point does he finally become the guy they look to and the guy that gets the credit?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: Probably next year. I would think when he comes to camp next year, we’ll he’ll be recognized as the No. 1 goaltender in Ottawa and a guy that is serious. I’m serious when I say that. He’s a young guy. He’s the guy that told me he really gets into, you know, the next stage of his development, I guess. He won’t be given a lot of credit, but I think that’s fine with Ray. Certainly fine with us.
from Don Breenan of the Ottawa Sun,
Alfredsson was booed every time he touched the puck after drilling Henrik Tallinder into the boards midway through the first overtime period. No penalty was called and the hit was decried by the Don and Ron act watching the game from the Party Plaza.
Curiously, the same Coach’s Corner act-alike referred to Brian Campbell charging hard from behind into Chris Kelly about three ticks before Daniel Briere’s tying goal with six seconds left as “the essence of hockey.”
The difference between the Alfredsson and Campbell hits was minimal, as far as we could tell. Alfredsson seemed to come at Tallinder from a little bit more of an angle, but he did knock him into the boards. Campbell hit a guy who didn’t have the puck square in the middle of the back on a play that allowed for a last-second goal. If anyone should have a beef, you’d think it would be the Senators.
from the Buffalo News,
Daniel Alfredsson will line up in his usual spot on the right wing for the opening faceoff tonight. The Buffalo Sabres think he should be lining up for a suspension instead.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
It’s starting to look like higher forces at work now.
Make no mistake.
The Ottawa Senators are working so hard, want it so badly, they deserve every break that is going their way.
They are earning their luck and the hockey gods acknowledge that, rewarding the Senators during a run in which everything seems to be going right for this hockey club.
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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.
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.
more on the game…
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.
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.
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.
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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