- Registered nine shots on Oct. 4 vs. Ottawa, tying his career high, set four times before
- Scored his 253rd career goal at NYI (10/15) to pass Craig Ramsey for sole possession of fifth-most goals in Sabres history
- Had a four-game point streak (1g/3a) from Oct. 19-26
- Aqcuired by the Islanders on Oct. 27 in exchange for Matt Moulson, a 1st round pick in 2014 and 2nd round pick in 2015.
- Recorded his first point/assist as an Islanders in his 600th career NHL game on Nov. 1 at Ottawa
- Scored his 500th career point and his first goal as an Islander on Nov. 2 vs. Boston
- Suffered an upper-body injury on Nov. 9 at Columbus and missed 5 games
- Scored two goals in his return to the lineup on Nov. 22 at Pittsburgh
2008-09: Games missed due to injury: Nine jaw (2/11-3/4) ... Multi-point games: 17 ... League leader with 20 power play goals ... Scored 200th career point (goal) @ NYR (10/15) ... Recorded 100th career NHL assist @ TOR (1/1) ... Played in 300th career NHL game vs. MTL (3/4) ... Appeared in first NHL All-Star game ... NHL First Star of the Week for the period of 10/13-10/19 ... NHL Third Star of the Week for the period of 12/8-12/14 ... Third-straight 30-goal season ... Sabres leading goal scorer for third-straight season ... Scored the fifth career hat trick vs. TOR (2/4), the hat trick was his fourth-straight natural hat trick, he is the first to reach that milestone since 1924-25.