Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Don’t look now, but the Buffalo Sabres have a two game winning streak over the Ottawa Senators. In fact, not only do they have a two game winning streak, but they have outscored the Senators 7-3 in those two games.
The Sabres may have drew the lucky card tonight when the Senators decided to play Pascal Leclare tonight instead of Elliot, a goaltender who seems to have the Sabres number.
Derek Roy deserved the number one star tonight, not only did he score two nifty goals, he blocked one hell of a shot in the closing minutes – a shot that you knew was gonna smart before you saw him hobble the rest of the play. That is the Derek Roy this team needs to see more often than not for them to be successful. It’s the first game of the season – and Roy’s jumping in front of shots like that – its a good sign. If the lazy Roy doesn’t rear his head in October, the Sabres could be in position for a good month.
Thomas Vanek didn’t hit the score sheet tonight, but boy could he have. I think the Sabres top forward was squeezing the stick a little hard tonight, anxious to overcome the poor performance he had last year, compounded by late season injuries.
Leopold is fitting in right where Lydman and Tallinder left off, his gaffe led to a goal by Ruutu and Neil’s line.
Tim Connolly didn’t show me anything tonight either. Except for a couple of plays, he seemed to be very listless when he was on the ice.
1 down, 81 to go, two points in the bag; tomorrow night we shoot for two more, as we play host to the New York Rangers. Pregame festivities to include the Party in the Plaza before the game – and the raising of the 2010 Northeast Division Championship Banner – and the kickoff of the home portion of the 40th Anniversary Season of Buffalo Sabres Hockey.