Tim Kennedy's first NHL experience was an unforgettable one, but it was also short. The South Buffalo native was sent back to Portland today. He was called up for Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the Islanders in case Thomas Vanek couldn't play, but the left winger got through the game.
Kennedy showed promise in his debut.
"He did some good things in the game," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "He drew a penalty and went hard to the net a couple of times. First games are always tough to evaluate. You're nervous, and I know exactly how he feels. You try to put him in a pretty good situation. He had to be pretty excited -- hometown boy getting to play.
"What a thrill for his family and friends. You can chalk that up as a good game and a win. Your first game, being part of a win is a great thing."