The fortunes of forward Peter Ambroziak have gone from the worst to the best the Buffalo Sabres have to offer.
Ambroziak was scratched from the Sabres' lineup in Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh and watched from the press box. Three days later against Florida, the winger was on a line with Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny.
"It's something you dream about all your life, playing with two of the best players in the NHL," Ambroziak said. "You have to go hard to the net and keep your stick on the ice, because more often than not they are going to get you the puck."
Ambroziak was playing in Rochester in the American Hockey League less than a month ago. It's quite a jump from the minor leagues to teaming with Buffalo's two top offensive threats.
"You have to have enough confidence that you're able to play at the same level they are, or you wouldn't be here," he said. "When I first was told I was going to play with them, I was a little bit nervous because I wanted to play well and help them out. I didn't want to look like I was out of place out there, but you have to put that out of your mind."
Ambroziak earned his first NHL point, an assist, Friday night. He was back on a line with LaFontaine and Mogilny on Sunday.
At the time of his recall, the winger thought he would be up a few days. After experiencing life in the big leagues, Ambroziak has no desire to go back to Rochester.
"You're really treated like royalty compared to the American League," he said. "I'd be happy to (stay with the Sabres and) live in a hotel for the next couple of months."
The Sabres have confirmed that coach John Muckler, assistant coach John Tortorella and club president Doug Moss will be meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman today. The subject will be the brief physical encounter between the two coaches and a fan that took place after the March 19 game against Tampa Bay in Memorial Auditorium.
With his one assist, Lindros's 49 points is three ahead of Jaromir Jagr of Pittsburgh in the NHL scoring race. . . . The three stars were Kevin Dineen, Rob DiMaio and Dominic Roussel, all of the Flyers.