OK, I know we could do this almost every night during the NHL playoffs and pull our hair out in the process, but I’ll try to keep it to a minimum. Here’s what former Sabres did on Friday night:
• Keith Carney scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Minnesota evened its series against Colorado. Carney finished a plus-2.
• Daniel Briere had two goals, three points and four shots as Philly lost a heartbreaker to Washington. Briere also had three of his team’s eight takeaways, again proving my point that although he’s little, there are few guys I’d rather have fighting for a loose puck in the corner.
• The Rangers won, but it wasn’t Chris Drury’s best night. Drew finished a minus-one (although that’s a stat he’s never excelled at) and lost 19 of the 27 faceoffs he took. Ouch.
• Dainius Zubrus didn’t do much — except take four penalties.
• Marty Biron had a typical Marty Biron game — he played well in facing 28 shots, then gave up the game-winner in the waning moments. We’ve seen that before.
As for the Anchorman challenge between myself and Channel 2’s Matt Pearl, I was feeling great when Ottawa came from three goals down to tie the Pens. Note to self: Don’t text trash talk to Pearl in the future until your team has won. When Ryan Malone scored the winner with just over a minute left, I got a very subtle “what was that score again?” So close. But Carney’s game-winner kept me alive. I need the Wild to roll through Colorado and hopefully the Stars can go up 2-0.