By Mike Harrington
Quite a Friday night at First Niagara Center as the Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, in a smashing debut of the Pat LaFontaine-Ted Nolan era. The teams will go at it again tonight at 7 in Air Canada Centre, with only a couple of Sabres expected to skate this morning. Nolan and players will be available in the 5 p.m. hour and we'll have updates then.
As for last night's game, I actually forgot this point: The Sabres are on their first two-game winning streak of the season! The purge of Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston, remember, came after a win, Tuesday's shootout escape over the Los Angeles Kings.
That was an ugly-ugly-ugly affair. Last night's game was not. As John Vogl reports in our main story for today's editions, "Hope, fun and noise filled the Sabres’ arena, a hat trick that was desperately needed in Buffalo." Sure was.
In my column today, No. 16 decided to give his old coach a chance to right a wrong and it was a brilliant move.
In our Sabres notebook, Amy Moritz talks about how the game quickly became fun again for Steve Ott and the results showed on the scoresheet with the captain's first multi-point game of the season.
Photographer James P. McCoy has a gallery of pictures spanning the big night.
For your video viewing pleasure, click here to see Nolan's postgame news conference.
Click the files below to see the welcome video to Nolan and LaFontaine that fans watched in First Niagara Center, and the highlights from the game.
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