INSIDE SCOOP - Martin Biron
Friday, 04.21.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
Buffalo Sabres | Press Release
How much of a confidence builder were the back-to-back shutouts for you and Ryan Miller? Jim Slater from Cheektowaga, NY
Martin Biron: "I think it's more of a team moral booster than it is for the goaltender. As a goalie, we know that we sometimes give up one or two goals but you played pretty well. For a team, when you are able to keep a donut up there, limit chances and play well, that a big boost."
"Having said that and the regular season being all over with, it doesn't matter what we did yesterday and that's what we have to focus on."
You've been around for this franchise's highs with the Stanley Cup Finals and lows with the bankruptcy during your career. Have you ever reflected on all that has happened in the past 10 years?
Martin Biron: "I think you can add about 10 different times in that first statement. I was here with a group that came out of Rochester for the run to the run to the semi-final against Washington. I remember Dominik (Hasek) just unbelievable throughout the playoffs that year. The Cup Final year, we were only here the last three games - Game Four, Five and Six - because we were in the Calder Cup Finals in Rochester."
"Going from that to the last playoffs against Philadelphia where the puck went through the side of the net, to the Pittsburgh series. There have been a lot of things that happened in the past 10 years, unfortunately after Pittsburgh, we had three years of nothing."
"The franchise seems to be coming full circle right now. A lot of things have happened since I was a rookie to now, and hopefully there will be a lot more in the next few weeks."
What do you think now of writers ranking you guys second to last in the Eastern Conference at the start of the season? Larry Davids from Amherst, NY.
Martin Biron: "We never really worried about where we were ranked. I think that was one of our strong suits. We knew what we had in this locker room, the organization knew what we had in this locker room and everybody bought into the fact that if we stuck together we could go a long ways. Other than a few call-ups, the team never changed from November. That's quite an accomplishment to play 82 games with the same group of guys and be successful all season."
"This is the real deal now and it doesn't matter what everybody said at the beginning of the season, we knew the game was played on the ice."
Everyone knows about Peter Forsberg, Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble. Besides stopping those guys, what other challenges will Buffalo face against Philadelphia? Dave Smith from St. Catharines, Ontario
Martin Biron: "They have a very big defense which you have to give a lot of respect to. They have some good speed in Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Sami Kapanen. Both goalies (Robert Esche and rookie Antero Niittymaki) can play extremely well and we've seen them both dominate at times. They are definitely a well-balanced team that we have had some close games against this year. They have a lot of weapons on that team to watch and we're going to have to make sure we play our best."
How has becoming a dad for the second time changed your outlook on life and hockey? Michelle Kretz from Oakland, CA
Martin Biron: "Because of the lockout last year, I got to spend a lot of time at home with my son, who is incredible. Now, getting to experience having a second child - a little girl - in the midst of a playoff run has been unbelievable. There are so many good feelings about the direction the game of hockey is taking and how this team has done, to be able to go home and have that joy and happiness carry on has been great."
"I can just step away from the game for a little while and enjoy my home life 100% while I'm there. When I come back to the rink the next day, I get to enjoy the rink 100% because it has been so pleasant around here. Having children definitely changes your life, but it's a change for the much better."