Andrew Peters saluted the crowd following a melee in the first period of Buffalo's 4-1 preseason loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The wave, however, was also his goodbye as the Sabres enforcer received a game misconduct for his actions.
"It didn't take much time. I didn't really know [what happened]," Peters said. "I was just trying to police the whole thing... I looked over and I saw [Andrej] Sekera getting hit and I saw Toni [Lydman] getting hit. I thought that's enough. A guy is not going to do that to my teammates and get away with it un-scarred."
Until then Peters had not been into a fight throughout the entire duration of training camp. A first in his three-year tenure with the team.
With his former sparing partner, Sean McMorrow, no longer in Buffalo's system, Peters has few to no challengers for his crown in camp, but plenty during exhibition play.
"I think I did what I had to do," Peters said. "I guess I will suffer the consequences down the road if there are any but I don't think there will be."
In addition to Peters' ejection from the game, Patrick Kaleta
received a two-minute charging penalty and Sekera was issued five minutes for fighting.
Jason Boll of the Blue Jackets received a minor penalty for instigating, a five-minute major for fighting, and a 10-minute misconduct. Columbus' Tom Sestito was also issued a five-minute major for the brawl.
left the third period with an upper-body injury. Head coach Lindy Ruff said the team would address his status tomorrow. No specific time line for his return was given.
Dylan Hunter played in his first game for the Buffalo Sabres and finished the game with a plus-one rating and picked up his first point with an assist on Clarke MacArthur's lone goal in the third. The son of former NHL agitator Dale Hunter played his junior career in the OHL for the London Knights where he was coached by his father. Dylan was drafted in 2004 by the Sabres 273rd overall.
Jocelyn Thibault played his first game for the Buffalo Sabres as well, after signing as a free-agent this summer. He allowed four goals on 22 shots and was not happy with his overall performance.
"Obviously you look at the goals again and you don't want to give up four goals," Thibault said. "You want to make a difference and keep the game at 2-0 when it was 2-0...so there are things I have to improve. But it's a game you can start building on."