Buffalo Sabres Insider App Twitter Facebook

Lexus

NOTEBOOK: Tim Connolly is Regaining His Form

Wednesday, 05.09.2007 / 12:00 PM / News
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
X
Share with your Friends


NOTEBOOK: Tim Connolly is Regaining His Form
Tim Connolly streaked down the left boards into the neutral zone. He faked left and cut right toward center ice while dangling the puck like it was attached to a string.

Everyone knows what happened next.

Ottawa's Peter Schaefer leveled the talented center with a bone-crunching, open ice check. Connolly was assisted to the locker room by trainings and never returned to the lineup until two games prior to the 2007 playoffs.

It's been a year and a day since that collision, and Connolly, who missed 80 games during the regular season with post-concussion related symptoms, is regaining his prior form.

His recovery has been termed by head coach Lindy Ruff as being "incredible."

"You'd like to have a breakout time when you've trained for a heck of a season," said Ruff. "He's doing it on training after being out for nine months, basically doing it on four months of training.

"It was getting depressing for him for a good period of time and now he's just having fun playing."

In 11 post-season games, Connolly has been credited with seven assists and is a plus-five. His ice time has been increasing as his stamina improves, topping off at 19:34 TOI in Game Five of the Sabres second round match-up against the New York Rangers.

Mindful of his conditioning, Ruff has kept a close eye on Connolly's performance shift in and shift out throughout each contest.

"From when he first got back to now, he's maintaining a pretty high level and is able to sustain that for the 35, 45 seconds," said Ruff. "His shifts early on were pretty short."

For Connolly, there's no vengeance to be had in the series, other than winning. Plain and simple.

"There are four teams left, and you just want to take it one game at a time," said Connolly. "No matter what team it is, we're in the Eastern Conference Finals and a step closer to the ultimate goal. It just happens to be Ottawa.

********************

Ray Emery doesn't like the night life in Buffalo. Several Ottawa players have stated their distaste for the Sabres. Dainius Zubrus says, "So what?" It's another series but the same old song and dance to Zubrus.

"Let them say whatever they want," said Zubrus. "Honestly, there's a game to be played tomorrow and that's my worry.

"It was the same thing the series before. [Sean] Avery or somebody else said something. I don't care what was said in the papers. Never read it. Never paid attention."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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