CALGARY - When Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Brian Gionta took the ice as linemates for the first time this season in the third period against Montreal last Thursday, even Buffalo's new additions to the coaching staff could see that they had a knack for playing with each other. Naturally, Dan Bylsma kept the checking trio together for the team's game in Edmonton on Sunday.
The move paid off.
Foligno, Larsson and Gionta were instrumental in keeping one of the League's hottest players off the score sheet in Connor McDavid, and even kept him without a shot until late in the third period. Meanwhile, the trio was able to produce a couple of goals themselves, both off the stick of Brian Gionta.