KEYS TO GAME 2
Saturday, 04.16.2011 / 12:24 PM
The Sabres did not hold a morning skate today due to the early 5 p.m. start time for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Buffalo practiced yesterday in Voorhees, New Jersey after taking a 1-0 series lead with a 1-0 victory in Game 1 on Thursday. After the session, the team talked about what it needs to do to be successful in Game 2.
Lindy Ruff on spending more time in the offensive zone:
“I think we turned over quite a few pucks on entrances and that didn’t allow us enough zone time. We spent a lot of time in the neutral zone and I thought that hurt us… We know we can be better. We played a strong game but I think we can play a better game. Offensively, we didn’t spend the time in the offensive zone that we wanted, and I think we’ve really gotta get after this one.”
Thomas Vanek on creating more scoring chances:
“Both teams took the middle away. Most of their better chances came on the power play. They did a good job but our penalty killing was good. Five-on-five, we’re just going to have to get the puck deep, cycle it a little bit more and try to get some better opportunities.”
Patrick Kaleta on getting off to a quicker start:
“In the beginning part of the game, we were a little bit nervous. We could make better plays than what we did, better O-zone presence, too. We’ve just got to step up our game a little bit.”
Nathan Gerbe on staying out of the penalty box:
“The biggest thing I see is discipline. Obviously they have so many good players that they can be deadly on the power play. We’ve got to stay out of the box; we can’t give them those chances. It all comes together. If you’re disciplined, you play more 5-on-5, and you get more chances. It’s tough to get chances when you’re penalty killing all the time.”
Tyler Myers on generating more offense:
“I think we have more to give offensively. I think we can hold the puck in their end, sustain some pressure for longer periods of time. For Game 1, I thought was a good start. We know they’re going to come out even stronger being down a game now, so we have to be ready to match it.”