Kellan Lain, Vancouver
The Canucks’ rookie shot up the sympathy chart when his NHL debut lasted two seconds because of a puck-drop brawl. The second game went better. He scored his first goal.
B.J. Crombeen, Tampa Bay
The forward raised $70,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through an event co-hosted by Sam Fuld (Tampa Bay Rays) and Tom Crabtree (Buccaneers).
Jarome Iginla and Reilly Smith, Boston
The Bruins’ duo visited 180-year-old Perkins School, the nation’s first school for the blind, and played a form of hockey with the students while blindfolded.
The Sabres’ Week Ahead
Monday – At Pittsburgh: There’s no word on whether John Scott is an entrant in the WWE’s Royal Rumble, the big 30-man battle being held in the Penguins’ arena tonight.
Tuesday – Washington Capitals: Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The Capitals’ biggest immediate need is goaltending. The Sabres have a goalie on the trade market.
Thursday – At Phoenix: I love Buffalo. I grew up here. But I’ve been counting the seconds to this trip on my pale, frozen fingers for weeks. No flight delay, please!
Saturday – At Colorado: My guess is the Broncos will be the talk of the town since the Super Bowl is the following day. The Sabres-Avs are destined for Page S42.