Nikita Zadorov played his first game for the Buffalo Sabres last night since being suspended by the organization, and he found a way to contribute.
Zadorov was suspended by the Sabres for failing to make Monday's practice, as his flight home was over-booked. Zadorov made the trip to the west coast with the Sabres, but sat the first two games out. He got into the game last night against the Vancouver Canucks. and did what he could to make his presence felt.
Zadorov earned an assist, registered a hit and a blocked shot in last night's loss. Ted Nolan didn't seem to have any restrictions on him, as he logged 19:04 in ice time, most of which was played with Rasmus Ristolainen.
Zadorov took responsibility earlier in the week for the mishap that led to his suspension, and he seems to have learned his lesson. Too many times to young players hang their heads after being disciplined, instead of learning from the experience that led to the disciplinary action. Zadorov told the media that he had made a mistake, and that he would make a better effort to ensure it would never happen again. His play last night told fans that he was not shaken by the suspension.Read more... Join the Conversation...