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DEREK ROY'S WILD NIGHT IN TORONTO

Wednesday, 09.26.2007 / 11:35 PM / Features
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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DEREK ROY\'S WILD NIGHT IN TORONTO
Derek Roy (photo: Getty Images)
Waking up from a vivid dream can be a disorienting and disheartening affair.  One minute it's there and the next it's gone.

Sabres center Derek Roy can sympathize. 

Roy had the type of night that most players fantasize about  in Buffalo's 7-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.  It's also the type of performance that Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff wants to see out the emerging young star.

Too bad it just wasn't during the regular season.

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"We're looking for him to play a lot bigger role," said Ruff of Roy's increased responsibility.  "In the absence of Danny [Briere] and Chris [Drury], he'll garner quite a bit of that five-on-three power play time.  And he'll have a larger penalty killing role.

"From that standpoint, we feel that his game will get better."

The five-foot-nine, 186-pound center posted career numbers with a six-point performance in Buffalo's fourth exhibition game.  He picked up the primary assists on each of Buffalo's opening two goals then his third on Thomas Vanek's first tally of the preseason just 1:12 into the second period.

That's when the fun really started.

Twice during Roy's three-year NHL career had he scored three goals.  But never in succession.  That all changed in less than a nine minute span beginning late in the second. 

First, Roy beat Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala with a two-man advantage at 17:08.  Five minutes later, it was his even-strength shot that gave Buffalo a four-goal lead.  Roy capped it all off by converting on a shorthanded, breakaway opportunity less than seven minutes into the final frame.

"I remember once in junior I had a six-point game," said Roy referring to his stint with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, "but it was just six assists.

"It's alright [to get the six-point game], but it's good to get the win.  We struggled scoring goals in the past three games and we wanted to get off to a good start."

Instead of becoming the 19th Buffalo player to record a natural hat trick -  the 24th of its kind in franchise history - and the first in more than 14 years to score half a dozen points in a game, Roy's magical night will be left out of next year's media guide.

Oh, how cruel fate can be.

Preseason statistics are often forgotten and rarely discussed at the water cooler once October rolls around.  But that doesn't mean Roy will ever forget the 26th of September.

"He's one guy that can hang onto the puck and make things happen," said Ruff.  "He's one of those guys that's real shifty and makes something out of nothing."

It may have been the performance of his life.  It's just too bad it couldn't have come two weeks later.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82