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PENGUINS NOTEBOOK From Mellon Arena



Published: Thu, May 3, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Turnaround: The Sabres took the first six shots in the first 10 minutes of the game; the Penguins took eight in the next 120 seconds. They were limited to just nine more over the final 48 minutes of the game. Early goals: Jean-Pierre Dumont put the Sabres ahead just 88 seconds into the game with a wraparound goal. "It was a bad goal, but I couldn't stand around and think about it," Penguins goalie Johan Hedberg said. Martin Straka's power-play goal from the point tied the score. Alexei Kovalev's giveaway in the final minute led to the Sabres' second goal, a short-handed effort. Miroslav Satan stole Kovalev's pass, then broke down ice, feeding a wide-open Curtis Brown for the easy goal. Penguins defender Janne Laukkanen tied the score in the second period with a blast from the point. Different Jagr: Buffalo goalie Dominik Hasek said whatever injury Jagr has is affecting his ability to shoot. "I could see his wrist shot was not as hard as he can shoot when he was healthy," Hasek said.Defensive flaws: Penguins defenseman Andrew Ference said the Penguins' "mistakes were very glaring and we didn't get away with anything. It's a tough series. We're a good hockey team, but we're playing a good hockey team."Coaches: Penguins coach Ivan Hlinka said Hedberg "was playing like our team was playing -- he did not have a good game. They were simply the better team tonight." Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said, "Our speed in the third period created some breaks for us and we took advantage of them." Ruff said the penalty shot Hasek stopped was the key. "If they score, you probably see a sag [in the Sabres]. If he makes the save, it just lifted the whole bench. It really changed the direction of the game."

-- Tom Williams




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