CAREER: 2005-06: Played in 63 games, with career highs in goals (16), assists (39) and points (55)… Scored two goals and added an assist @ Ottawa (4/8)... Scored goal and added two assists @ Montreal (12/1)... Scored power-play goal and had one assist vs. Montreal (11/25)... Had one goal and two assists vs. Washington (11/17)... Scored two goals including GWG, and added one assist vs. Toronto (11/11)... Scored GWG and had one assist @ NY Islanders (10/29)... Scored first goal of the season and added one assist @ Boston (10/20)... This was Connolly's first regular season game since 4/2/03 vs. Atlanta after serving a two-game suspension for high-sticking, and missing the entire 2003-04 season due to post-concussion syndrome. … 2006 PLAYOFFS: 11 points (4+7) in eight games... Suffered concussion in Game 2 @ Ottawa (5/8)... Scored three points (2+1) including tying goal with 10.7 left in the game @ Ottawa (5/5)... Had two points (1+1) including GWG vs. Philadelphia (4/30)... One goal and one assist @ Philadelphia (4/26)... Had two assists vs. Philadelphia (4/24)... Scored one goal vs. Philadelphia (4/22).
2004-05: Played 16 games for Langnau SC in the Swiss league, recording 11 points (8+3) in 16 games.
2003-04: Missed entire regular season due to post-concussion syndrome, following concussion sustained in preseason game against Chicago (10/02) in Rochester.
2002-03: Suspended (four games) by the NHL for a high-sticking incident vs. Atlanta (4/02), served two games (Boston, 4/05 and New Jersey, 4/06)…Had played in 286 consecutive games before suspension… Recorded six multi-point games, including in season’s first two contests…Scored the game-winning goal vs. Atlanta (4/02) and also added assist… Scored PPG and had assist @ Atlanta (3/15)…Scored goal vs. Carolina (3/12)…Scored PPG @ Atlanta (2/17)…Had four-game point streak (3+2) from vs. Vancouver (2/07) to @ Detroit (2/13)…Scored goal @ Detroit (2/13)…Scored goal vs. St. Louis (2/11)…Scored PPG @ N.Y. Islanders (2/08)… Scored goal in 4-2 win vs. Boston (1/10)… Had three-game point streak (1+2) from vs. Atlanta (11/09) to vs. Toronto (11/15)…Scored PPG in 4-4 tie with N.Y. Rangers (10/17)….Scored GWG and had PPA in 6-1 win @ Montreal (10/12)…Scored PPG and added assist in 5-1 win vs. N.Y. Islanders (10/10).
2001-02: Ranked third on team with 45 points (10+35) and second with 35 assists…One of five Sabres to play all 82 games… Scored GWG in 3-2 win vs. Vancouver (1/8)…Recorded season-high three assists (one on PP) vs. Chicago (12/19)…Had two PP points (1+1) in 5-2 win vs. Calgary (11/23)…Scored on penalty shot @ Atlanta (11/19)...Was second career goal on second career penalty shot; first came in 1999-2000 with the N.Y. Islanders…Recorded two PPAs in 5-3 win @ Florida (11/12)…Recorded two assists @ Detroit (10/12) for first multi-point game as Sabre…Scored first goal as Sabre in 3-2 win vs. Ottawa (10/26)…Played first game as Sabre vs. Atlanta (10/04).
2000-01: Appeared in all 82 games with the Islanders, scoring 10 goals and 31 assists for 41 points… Had four-game point streak (1+5) end @ Pittsburgh (2/25)… Scored goal and had assist (both on PP) @ Vancouver (2/18)…Scored goal in 3-2 win vs. New Jersey (1/31)…Extended team-high point streak to seven games (4+6) with a PPG @ Minnesota (1/19)…Notched a career-high four assists (three on PP) in 6-5 win vs. Pittsburgh (1/13)…Scored goal (on PP) for third-straight game at Pittsburgh (1/12)…Scored on PP @ Carolina (1/07) to end 30-game goal-less-streak…Notched three assists in 7-4 win vs. Tampa Bay (11/27)…Played in 100th NHL game vs. N.Y. Rangers (11/22).
1999-00: Led Islander rookies and finished second on team in games played, tied for third in assists and PPGs, was third in points, was fourth in goals and was fifth in shots…Finished tied for eighth in league among rookies in scoring, tied for ninth in assists and tied for 11th in goals…Made NHL debut @ Tampa Bay (10/2)…Scored first NHL goal and recorded first NHL assist vs. Colorado (10/10)…Became only the fifth 18-year-old player to score an OT goal in the NHL (since the 5:00 OT rule was instituted in 1983-84) when he tallied the game-winner 3:49 into the extra session vs. Tampa Bay (2/10)…Became the fourth-youngest player ever to take a penalty shot and became the third-youngest ever to score when he beat Jean-Sebastien Aubin vs. Pittsburgh (3/21)… Tied for second on team with nine multiple-point games and tied for second with four multi-assist games…Was healthy scratch vs. Phoenix (1/10) for the only game missed all season.
1998-99: Member of Team USA at 1999 World Junior Championships in Winnipeg…Led Erie in scoring with 34 goals and 34 assists for 68 points… Named Erie’s Most Outstanding Player.
1997-98: Set Erie Otters (OHL) record for longest point streak by recording 26 points (12+14) in 18 games…Named the Otters’ Rookie of the Year.