Despite losing their fourth game in a row and sinking faster than the Titanic, the Buffalo Sabres do have some positve story lines coming out of last nights loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The biggest story of the night, young Mikhail Grigorenko getting his first professional goal.
His positioning on the play was perfect, and it was the type of goal that we expect the Russian forward to score, hopefully on a nightly basis.
There was no competition last night and this morning as the votes came in for the Sabrenoise game puck, and Mikhail Grigorenko is the awardee. Not that it matters, but here are the comments that came in with the votes.
CC recounts how painful another game was to watch. He continued his strong play, was rewarded with a goal, the goal that got the Buffalo Sabres a point out of the night. Everything we’ve seen from the kid screams that he has a bright future, as long as Lindy Ruff gives him ice time and lets him be, he’ll be one of our best young players for years to come. Can’t wait to see him flourish while staying in Buffalo this season.
Rich knew he wasn’t being original when he sent me his vote before the coffee set in this morning, but he used the one word that has been missing from the Buffalo Sabres for a long time, “clutch”. Is Grigorenko the future Captain Clutch of this team?
AJ Haller had one of the best seats in the house to see Grigorenko’s first goal of his career, and echoed the opinion that he was the player of the game for the Buffalo Sabres. Not his strongest outing, he overcame a lack of ice time and a -3 rating to give his coach the motivation to put him out there with enough time remaining to get his first goal.
Despite it being a loss, Grigs gets the game puck from the team, the game puck from us, and one hell of a bear hug from teammate Marcus Foligno.
Runners up for the sixth game puck of the year had to be Andrej Sekera, who also had his first goal of the year on a nifty play that tied the game early for the Buffalo Sabres.