McDonald was assessed a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for a hit he delivered to Ben Lovejoy at the 18:54 mark of the second period of Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres