Last night was not an easy night for Buffalo Sabres fans to watch their team get pretty picked apart by the Carolina Hurricanes. Despite that fact – we still have a game puck to hand out to one member of the Blue and Gold.
You could almost cut the sarcasm with a knife when the emails started circulating amongst the writers here at Sabrenoise.com – the question was even asked, “is it strictly for Sabres players?”
I had to think about that one, and yes, we are going to go strictly with Buffalo Sabres players for the Game Puck.
The first vote came in for the captain Jason Pominville, and there was little more in the email than his last name, so you can tell it was one writer who was just tired, wanted to go to bed and put the miserable game behind them, can’t really blame them, can you? With two goals on the evening, Pominville seems to be the natural choice, he was however, a -2.
Now you might think that the enire Buffalo Sabres squad was a minus last night, Alexander Sulzer was the only Buffalo Sabres to walk away with a plus rating – and four guys were even.
Vote number two came in after some thought – and the vote was cast for Thomas Vanek. AJ Haller thinks that Vanek was the best Buffalo Sabres player on the ice, because he is unselfishly doing what he can to benefit the team, and truly showed that tonight. The behind the back pass to Pominville was a thing of beauty. Vanek seemed to be the only player passing the puck well last night.
Rich Spaulding didn’t want to leave it at just one vote, so he cast his vote for the line of Pominville, Vanek, and Cody Hodgson. Accounting for all three Buffalo Sabres goals, what is going to happen when that line hits a slump and falls silent? This is the only truly offensive line that the Sabres have right now. It would be easy to single out one guy for the puck, but without Vanek’s pass, Pominville doesn’t get that second goal.
Individual highlights are tough to pick out in the midst of 60 minutes of the worst hockey we have seen so far this year; so tonights puck goes to the combined line of Vanek – Hodgson – Pominville, because without them, more of that game would have been unbearable than it already was.