When defenseman Mike Weber
woke up for practice Monday morning, he assumed it would be with the Portland Pirates.
But after receiving a call from the Buffalo Sabres at 10:15 a.m., the blueliner found his routine would be a bit different than he anticipated.
Weber was needed to replace an injured Henrik Tallinder who suffered a laceration on his lower leg late in the first period of Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche – and quick.
“I was getting dressed, getting ready to head to the rink and they told me I had to be on an 11:30 a.m. flight,” Weber said. “It was kind of a quick turnaround.”
Playing last season with the Sabres’ previous AHL affiliate - the Rochester Americans - the commute from Maine was more complex than the 90-minute drive he was accustomed to.
Weber hopped on a flight from Portland to New York City and from there caught a connecting flight to Buffalo.
“I got in at about 4 p.m.,” Weber said. “I tried to keep what I could [of the game-day routine], find a pasta place in the airport to eat, grab some Gatorade and some water. I felt okay. I got the jet lag out in warm-ups and early in the first… and just tried to get mentally focused and ready to play.”
Weber logged more than 15 minutes of ice time, including time on the penalty kill, and recorded three blocked shots in Buffalo’s 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
“At times yeah [I liked his effort],” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said. “I thought he looked a little nervous too. He wasn’t as smooth as I’ve seen him in the past, but for him it was a long day too.”
In 2007-08, Weber played 16 games for Buffalo adding three assists and earning a plus-12 rating.
“The team was on a good roll and you kind of feel like you’re part of the downside here,” Weber said, as the Sabres suffered their first regulation loss of the season. “But the team is tired, just had a long road trip there so they are just getting back, getting their legs going and tomorrow we have a day here to rest up and get going again.”
After gaining at least one point in each of their first eight games, the Sabres (5-1-2) finally suffered a 5-2 regulation loss Monday night at HSBC Arena, leaving the Minnesota Wild (6-0-1) as the only remaining undefeated team in the League.
“Well I knew we were going to be in pretty tough coming off the road and getting in when we got in [Saturdany night] and deciding to skate [Sunday] and this morning," Ruff said. "We didn’t have a lot of jump, didn’t have a lot of pop. The guys that played the most were probably our worst players tonight.
"We're just going to dump that one in the trash can and move on."
Andrew Peters never thought he would surpass Hall-of-Fame centerman Gilbert Perreault on the Buffalo Sabres all-time stats.
That changed Monday night when the enforcer took on a formidable opponent in Senators’ forward Chris Neil and received a five-minute major for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct.
The infraction gave Peters a total of 509 career penalty minutes with the team to surpass Perreault’s 500 career PIM and rank 12th in franchise history.
Former Sabres’ winger Eric Boulton is 11th in team history with 511 PIM.