December 29, 2010
Sabresí Weber nets first career goal
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
Mike Weberís smile after scoring his first career NHL goal was so bright, it could have lit up an outdoor rink.
The Buffalo Sabres defenceman liked the feeling of it so much, he decided to go out and score a second, leading his team to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
ďItís a bit surreal,Ē Weber said. ďItís a dream come true to get your first NHL goal. I just kind of threw the puck on net. Itís a little thing, but if you throw the puck on net, you never know whatís going to happen. Iím pretty happy.Ē
Weber, 23, scored the Sabresí second goal of the game, floating a point shot through a sea of bodies in front of the Oilers net and past goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.
He then went on to pick up an assist on Jochen Hechtís third period marker and rounded out his memorable, first-star night by lofting the puck out of his end into an empty net with time winding down in the contest.
ďTo tell you the truth, I was just trying to keep it in the neutral zone, but I just had a little too much on it,Ē Weber said. ďI was praying that it wasnít going to go for icing, but it went in. On some nights, you just have the good bounces and tonight was mine.Ē
The Sabres second-round pick ó 57th overall ó in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Weber went into the contest with one assist in 16 games this season.
In three years with the organization, the native of Pittsburgh had four assists in 39 games with the Sabres.
ďIt was a great team effort and a great team win,Ē Weber said. ďI think with losing (Derek) Roy and not having (Tyler) Myers in the lineup the last couple of games, people have to step up. Iím not saying Iím the offensive answer, because Iím not, but itís nice to contribute and itís nice to get a win on the road, because we havenít won on the road in a while.Ē
Weber has been trying to find a regular place in the Sabres lineup all season.
He sat out 20 of the teamís first 22 games of the year.
ďIím happy for him because he works really hard,Ē said Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who earned his 200th career win. ďHe has a great wrist shot and a great slap shot and we were excited he was able to get it off.Ē