Always quick with a quip former Buffalo broadcaster Harry Neale had some kind words for his old friend Rick Wamsley in the elevator during the second intermission at First Niagara Center Friday night.
"Obviously" Neale said with a smile "you've coached both those goalies."
Wamsley of course is just the mentor of Senators puck stoppers not those in Buffalo colours. But while he had a chuckle at Neale's remark smiling somewhere else had to be Dan Bylsma.
The coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins will also be the bench boss of the U.S. team at the Olympics in Sochi. And he had to be more than happy with the performances put on by Americans Craig Anderson of the Senators and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.
The two candidates for the national squad engaged in a brilliant dual before Erik Karlsson one-timed a pass from Clarke MacArthur through Miller's legs with 95 seconds left in the game to give the Senators a 1-0 victory in their season opener.