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BTB BLOG: MacARTHUR RECALL MAGIC

Monday, 01.07.2008 / 11:10 AM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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BTB BLOG: MacARTHUR RECALL MAGIC
Beyond the Boards is written by the Buffalo Sabres Website Manager, Brian Wheeler. Joining the Sabres prior to the 2003-04 season, Wheeler is the main contact and content editor for Sabres.com. He has worked in the NHL, NFL, AHL and NLL over the past 11 years.  Click here to send him an email.

 
Clarke MacArthur (photo: Getty Images)
Jan 7, 2008, 11:10 AM EST

Clarke MacArthur continued to be an effective recall on Sunday afternoon.

The rookie from Lloydminster, Alb. one-timed a wide rebound past a sprawling Johan Hedberg to record Buffalo's second goal of the game and his fourth of the season at 9:34 of the third period.

The kid they call Grizz - nicknamed by Norm Milley after Clark W. Griswold - ended up seeing more than 15 minutes of ice time, including 1:22 on the PP.  

Like most rookies, MacArthur will just need to find the consistency needed to be an every day player at the NHL level.  Because he certainly has the skills. 

In his previous long-term recall this season (10 games from Nov. 7 to Nov. 28), MacArthur scored three goals in his first five games before going without a point in his next four.  

Look back to the 2006-07 season and you'll note five points (3+2) in as many games before a 10-game drought.  That came during a 17-game recall.

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What's the most telling sign that the Sabres are sick and tired of not being able to score goals?

"I think the frustration is starting to show," said head coach Lindy Ruff.  "Even with Pommer when he had his great opportunity and didn't get [the shot] up, it almost got to the point where it looked like he was going to break his stick."

Jason Pominville may be the most laid back player on the Sabres roster.  He smiled his way through a 13-game goal drought earlier in the season by pointing out that he was still getting chances.  

But even he's getting annoyed at not converting on great opportunities.

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Derek Roy suffered a shoulder injury Sunday in Buffalo's 5-2 loss to the Thrashers and was designated as day-to-day following the game by Ruff.

The Sabres most offensive center joins Maxim Afinogenov (groin, day-to-day) and Daniel Paille (upper body) on the team's injured list.

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I wouldn't expect to see anyone but Martin Brodeur in net for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.  Kevin Weekes replaced the two time Vezina Trophy winner against the Boston Bruins on Saturday and didn't exactly dominate.  The former Ranger allowed four goals off 25 shots in the Devils 4-3 loss.

According to the Nework Star-Ledger's Rich Chere, "it's not easy to shake off the rust playing once every month."

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Speaking of New Jersey, how many people saw Derian Hatcher's Mike Tyson impression on Travis Zajac last week?

The league decided against disciplinary action in this incident, and I can understand why.  There really wasn't a good angle to tell exactly what happened.  

Zajac said there was blood.  Hatcher said he wasn't hungry.  What to do?

Of course, it really looks like Hatcher tried to take a bite out of crime, or the second-year pro for that matter, but there wasn't the definitive evidence the league would probably need to solidify any disciplinary action.

Bite or not a bite, you make the call... here's the YouTube link...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=hcz8JS727Xs

(Note: Embedding was turned off on that video.)
 
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