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KEYS TO GAME 2

Saturday, 04.16.2011 / 12:24 PM
By Rob Crean - Public Relations Director / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
KEYS TO GAME 2

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.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82