Pascal Leclaire nearly stole the show on opening night at Scotiabank Place.
But thanks to a happy homecoming for Derek Roy, Leclaire couldn’t steal two points.
The Senators goaltender promised he’d step up when the lights were turned on for real and he delivered with a 34-stop performance, but it wasn’t enough in a 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in front of 19,350 fans.
Only centre Chris Kelly was able to beat Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller on the 26 shots he faced. Ottawa went 0-for-6 on a power play that featured defenceman Sergei Gonchar — including two opportunities in the dying minutes.
Leclaire was a human highlight reel.