|Toni Lydman (photo: Bill Wippert) |
Whenever Toni Lydman scores, the jokes start flying.
Not by his teammates, mind you, but by Lydman himself.
The Sabres self-deprecating defenseman registered his first goal of the season in Buffalo's 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders with a wristshot from the blueline and was ready when reporters came calling.
He may have smiled more trying to get laughs post-game than he did with the red light went on.
"It kept my goal scoring streak alive," said Lydman winding up for the punch line. "I score at least one every season."
And there it was. But Lydman wasn't done quite yet.
"It was typical goal ... just close my eyes and shoot," he said with a wide grin. "It somehow found it's way to the back of the net."
Nolan Pratt could make a similar comment. Pratt netted his first goal of the season after lobbing a shot through traffic midway through the first.
Looking for a coincidence or two?
Lydman and Pratt each scored their last goal on Mar. 3, 2006. Lydman for Buffalo and Pratt as a member of the Lightning. That night - a 3-1 victory at Toronto for Buffalo - also happened to be the last time a pair of Sabres defensemen scored in the same game.
Buffalo would love to see Ales Kotalik score more often as it's meant two points in the standings this season. The Sabres are 8-0-0 when the winger finds the back of the net.
Kotalik scored his ninth of the season from one knee with a quick one-timer off Jason Pominville
's across-ice feed five minutes into the second.
The crowd in HSBC Arena didn't miss the fact that a former Sabres captain was able to light the lamp against his old team.
Miro Satan's one-timer with a two-man Islander advantage at 6:77 of the second was met with a resounding "boo" from the Buffalo faithful. While personal vindication was Satan's on Wednesday night, the Islanders may be wishing that he could return to his Buffalo form.
The power-play goal was Satan's fourth of the season and ninth overall, and while he ranks second on the Islanders with 17 points, No. 81 has seen reduced production the last two seasons. Having been relocated to the third line alongside Josef Vasicek and Sean Bergenheim, Satan is currently on pace to match his worst statistical year since 1997-98 (46 points), his first full season with the Sabres.