Lost among the game recaps yesterday was Jason Blake's boarding of Patrick Kaleta in the first period. Certainly not the most malicious intent displayed, but it may warrant a game or two in suspension time. Kaleta did not return and with his injury history, this could spell trouble. Once again, Mike Milbury's hockey intelligence was proven, as he believed the player hit was Craig Rivet until he was finally corrected. Apparently, the number and name on the jersey didn't help. If he confused Kaleta as Rivet, think about what the Sedin twins could do to him.
Paul Gaustad and Zdeno Chara are not very fond of each other, which is how this scrum escalated. It is an instant reminder of the playoff series between the two clubs last April. Marc Savard should have known better than to pursue Cody McCormick of all players, but it was courageous on his part. This was Buffalo's first win over Boston since Game Five of that first round upset, and it had to have felt terrific.
Luke Adam will cherish his first career NHL marker for the rest of his life. On a shift where the forwards resembled a pack of hungry dogs pursuing pucks and going to the net, Adam was in the right place at the proper time.
Kaleta threw a bunch of lefts and destroyed Dorsett. Sorry the video is a little washed out, it's what I found on YouTube. The sound is a little wierd too.
Lindy Ruff's 1,000th NHL game as a coach was a victory, making it two in a row for the Buffalo Sabres. Their only set of consecutive wins to date this season, Jhonas Enroth has backstopped them in each. The conclusion in New Jersey was memorable, as Ilya Kovalchuk showed what $100 million can buy. Yes Jhonas, it counts and that's your second National Hockey League triumph.
One of the more underrated forwards in the league, Derek Roy flashed his offensive talents again for the Buffalo Sabres. Two goals from the diminutive center sealed a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators in their season opener. The first left a bad taste in the mouths of Chris Phillips and Pascal Leclaire.
In case you haven't seen it yet, here's Ryan Miller's NHL season-opening ad. There's no way you're not ready for hockey after watching this.
Here is the League explaining some of the new enforcment rules for the upcoming season. Not surprisingly, a few Sabres make the video.
Since things are usually a little slow around here on the weekend, take two minutes and get to know our first round draft choice, Mark Pysyk.