May 24, 2006 -- Sometimes good news comes sprinkled with a dose of bad news.
Such was the case for the Buffalo Sabres on this date. The Sabres defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, in HSBC Arena. It gave the Sabres a two games to one lead in the series. In other words, Buffalo was only two wins from reaching the Stanley Cup finals ... and had two games scheduled at home.
The win was quite a statement after a poor performance in Game Two.
"We're a team with a lot of character, and we showed it tonight," Sabres winger J.P. Dumont said after Game Three. "They made us look really bad the last game in Carolina. We didn't like that. They didn't see the real Sabres yet, and there's still more to come."
Yet Buffalo's win was slightly overshadowed by yet another injury to its defensive unit. Henrik Tallinder suffered a broken left arm. The Sabres were already missing two regular defensemen, so a third loss bordered on the ridiculous.
"We have had some tough breaks," said co-captain Daniel Briere, who scored two second-period goals. "We find ways to keep bouncing back. We just have that confidence that we know we can bounce back from bad outings, from bad games, from tough breaks. It's not something you can teach. It's just in there and we believe in ourselves."
There were more thrills coming for the Sabres in the future that year, but as it turned out there weren't enough of them.
--- Budd Bailey