by John Wawrow | Associated Press
Now that Buffalo Sabres forward Derek Roy is making a splash in the NHL playoffs, it might be time to clear up one minor detail: How to pronounce his last name.
"Ah, just say ‘
OK, how about, Wow!
The five-point night matched the franchise playoff record and is the most
"It was nice,"
"The win was more important," he added. "If I had five points and we would’ve lost it would’ve been devastating."
Roy, who started the 2005-06 season recording 20 points in just eight games with the AHL’s Rochester Americans (including three five-point nights), made sure it wasn’t in a game the Sabres rallied five times from one-goal deficits, forced overtime on Tim Connolly‘s goal with 11 seconds left in regulation and then won it on Chris Drury‘s goal 18 seconds into overtime.
And he had a hand in Connolly’s goal that forced OT.
That Roy was on the ice at such a crucial time reflects how much confidence the Sabres suddenly have in their young forward, who struggled finding his niche in Buffalo’s first-round series against Philadelphia.
After producing no points in the Sabres first five games against the Flyers,
"I was too worried about them and I wasn’t even playing offense,"
Although relatively undersized at 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds,
He’s now part of a young core of Sabres — the team features four rookies and 10 players making their NHL postseason debuts — showing no signs of wilting in
"We said at the start of the playoffs that we’ve got some young guys that have to get a taste of what the playoffs are all about," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think in Derek’s case, he was in awe for a few games. But I thought his final game versus Philly gave him a lot of confidence. And then the game he put together last night was a fabulous game."
"The announcer asked me, "Do you want to be called "Rwah’ or ‘
In other words, Patrick, the goalie, will always be ‘Rwah.’ Derek Roy is busy making a name for himself.