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DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Jaroslav Spacek was happy to be back.

Prior to last night, the Buffalo Sabres defenceman had not faced the Edmonton Oilers since helping them get to within a win of the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Two seasons ago Spacek was injured when the Oilers made a trip to Buffalo and the Sabres hadn't been to Edmonton since October 2003.

"There are lot of good memories coming back here," Spacek said. "We had a good run getting close to winning the Cup. But I'm here with Buffalo this year, and this is sort of a comeback year for me, and we're going to try to get the two points."

Spacek, 34, proved to be a key addition to the Oilers on their way to Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final.

Acquired in a mid-season trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, he went on to partner with Chris Pronger on the blue-line, providing valuable offence.

The native of Rokycany, Czech Republic, had 19 points in 31 games with the Oilers during the regular season, then added another 14 in the playoffs.

"We came close, but it wasn't close enough, because we weren't able to win," Spacek said. "But the people here, they were great and that's one of the reasons I'm glad to be back."

Following the playoff run, the Oilers attempted to re-sign Spacek, but instead he accepted an offer from the Buffalo Sabres.

He's in his last year of a three-year deal with the Sabres. He had a goal and 21 assists this season heading into last night's play.

"Things are going good for me this year," Spacek said. "After my first year here when we lost to Ottawa in the playoffs, we went through a re-building year here and lost a couple of good players.

"But we have a good group of young guys that had to go through a learning process and now they are playing much better."


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