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ON THE ROAD: GARDEN STATE

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Andrew Peters (Photo: Bill Wippert)
After sitting on the tarmac for over an hour and a half, we finally hit the sky and were on our way to Newark.


The long delay led to some pretty interesting ways to fill in the time. The most notable were the one-on-one Suduku battles - Our Sabres captain put forth many challenges and rang up a pretty long list of victims.

Not sure if he had all the answers right, but he dominated everyone nonetheless.

Once we landed, the weather was cold and rainy in New Jersey which was quite a difference from our last few road games.  Boy, did those games seem very distant in the schedule already.

Some of the boys had a chance to catch up with current Devils enforcer Andrew Peters over dinner at a restaurant not far from our hotel once we got settled. It’s been so odd over the first part of the season to see a former Sabre in almost every city or game. We haven't had much of a roster shakeup the past few seasons, but it seems we lost a lot of people.

It was great to catch up with Petey at the Prudential Center later on Wednesday. We are all pretty happy for him and we know he will have a good time in the Garden State.

I know that he misses Buffalo, but we will see plenty of him when the season is finally over back home. I know that Harry Neale misses his legendary Bob Cole/Hockey Night in Canada impersonation that undoubtedly came on every plane trip and bus ride. Although you would hear it at least 80 times a season, it was pretty funny to me every time.

I also thought it was interesting that his locker stall is next to Martin Brodeur’s. For many years, Andrew’s stall was right next to Ryan Miller's. I guess that Andrew’s destiny is to constantly have reporters crowding around in front of him and hearing his voice in the back of very interview. I hear he is already dominating the room! No surprise there…

The night was going to be a little lighter for me, due to the fact that our MSG broadcast would be sharing the HD road feed with the Devils. However, a quick start and strong game from our goaltender filled my night with post-game and intermission interviews. Definitely not a problem, since they are a lot better to facilitate when you are winning games.

The best part of the game for me was to watch Tim Kennedy finally score his first NHL goal. For him to score against the NHL’s all-time leader in victories made it even better. He told me that he was just happy to finally put one in. 

I bet down the road it will matter when we is looking back at his long NHL career! He had over 28 text messages and a few voicemails.  I can’t imagine how his family felt watching that puck go in. One of the great things about our players is how much they appreciate all those hours that their families put in taking them to every game and morning practice.   

Overall, it was a pretty routine and basic road game. I guess you could say it was just an another successful business trip.
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