BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 17: Maxim Afinogenov #61 of the Atlanta Thrashers captures the attention of Buffalo fans in warmups as he returns to play his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, on October 17, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
He's a strong kid. He's a competitive kid, and certainly not afraid to go into the corners. He's got the skating ability to escape and help us execute in certain situations, but he's got that competitive nature that's a huge part of it too, especially against a team like this.
— Wild coach Mike Yeo on defenseman Matt Dumba, who used a hard slap shot to score his first career playoff goal in Game 1 win vs. Blues