UNIONDALE -- Two games down, two wins in the books. Leadership questions already answered by Craig Rivet. Backup goaltending question answered for at least one game, and hopefully a lot longer, by Patrick Lalime. Three goals from the power play. A short-handed tally by Thomas Vanek.
Pretty good afternoon for the Sabres Monday in a 7-1 breeze over the New York Islanders in Nassau Coliseum. I'm loathe to judge anything off two games and if injuries keep piling up (we're in wait-and-see mode on Jochen Hecht), things will get sticky very quickly. And it would be nice if Henrik Tallinder could pick up his game. Couple bad giveaways and he's been a responsible part on both goals the Sabres have given up the first two games.
As good as this team has looked, that 11th-in-the-East prediction from The Hockey News looks silly right now. And I should just revoke my Sports Illustrated subscription. Does this look like the 13th-place team in the East? Didn't think so.
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