There was still some mystery to the circumstances because Steve Eminger also skated in the New York Rangers’ pregame skate, but it’s official: the Blueshirts will have Brian Boyle back for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals, according to Katie Strang.
That’s a “big” addition both literally and figuratively. Boyle is one of the largest forwards in the Eastern Conference and while he had a disappointing regular season, the former Los Angeles Kings first-round pick was frequently a catalyst for New York in the skin-tight Ottawa Senators series. (Well, he was until he suffered a concussion, that is.)
Boyle will take Eminger’s spot in the lineup while Strang reports that the Capitals will tweak their defense, with Jeff Schultz in and John Erskine out. Chances are that Semin’s temporary slap on the wrist will probably be a bigger deal than that smaller lineup tweak for Washington, though.
Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.
The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.
Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.
Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.
Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.
During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.
It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.
As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.
Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.