NHL hockey is back, folks. Some former Sabres fared fairly well in the opening weekend. Here is a recap:
Derek Roy – The professional perpetual party-boy got off to a good start in his new Dallas digs. Skating on a line with the legendary Jaromir Jagr and the truly talented Loui Eriksson, Roy notched 2 assists, while winning 16 of 21 faceoffs. He even registered a hit and
drank blocked a shot as Dallas won their opener against Phoenix. The following night, the Stars were shut out by Minnesota, with Roy being largely invisible, recording no shots on goal.
Daniel Paille – The sparkplug that is Paille scored the game winning goal in the Bruins home opening win over the New York Rangers. He is now on pace for a 48 goal season!
Tim Connolly – In case you missed it, Connolly is now in the minors with the Toronto Marlies. He potted a goal in his first game as the Marlies downed the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Zack Kassian – Kassian was largely invisible in the Canucks first game, as they got drubbed by Anaheim, 7-3. He played a larger role in last nights contest, as he spent some time on a line with the Sedin twins. Kassian recorded a goal, registered 4 hits, and instigated a fight with Ben Eager immediately after the Oilers tied the game in the closing minutes, in hopes of pumping up a silenced Vancouver crowd. Kassian was rewarded with an election to go in the shootout, but did not get a chance, as the Oilers put away the ‘Nucks in the first 2 rounds. With lingering injuries in their lineup, Kassian has a great chance to prove himself in Vancouver.
Brian Campbell – “Soupy” played a strong hand in the Florida Panthers 5-1 victory over Carolina, as he scored 2 goals, including the game-winner. The well-rounded defensemen also added a couple hits and a couple blocked shots.
Paul Gaustad – “Goose” was a non-factor in the Predators loss to the Blue Jackets, aside from the 3 hits he registered.
Clarke MacArthur – Other than being announced as an Alternate Captain for the Maple Leafs, MacArthur was quiet in the Leafs 2-1 snorefest of a win against Montreal. He had 4 shots on goal, with no points.
Danny Briere – Briere is out with a wrist injury, and got to witness the Flyers two losses from a more comfortable seat than those on the bench.
Brad Boyes – Boyes made numerous appearances for the names of multiple fantasy hockey team names, but did nothing noteworthy in the Islanders 2-1 loss to the Devils.
Steve Montador - The Blackhawks blueliner is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Toni Lydman – The reliable and steady Lydman chipped in one assist, 3 shot blocks, and was +2 in the Ducks blowout of the Canucks.