It wasn’t a pretty win, and the Buffalo Sabres allowed their opponents, the Montreal Canadiens to get a point out of the game, but all in all – coming back from behind three times to win a game is a lot stronger an effort than this team has put out since the first two games of the season.
Overall, the entire roster played a much better game, and despite some major lapses that caused problems, the team was able to come out on top.
Rich made his vote for the game puck with that theory in mind, and has decided he wants to give the game puck to the entire Buffalo Sabres offense for showing up the way they did. With 50% of the offense still coming from Thomas Vanek – and many offensive players still batting 0 for 12 – I can’t see the offense being given the game puck. If the score was higher, and more people were involved on he plays – maybe, but I didn’t see enough of the collective effort to side with Rich on this one.
AJ wants to give another game puck to Thomas Vanek – not that he doesn’t deserve it, there just comes a point in a guys career where, despite the fact that he has never produced to this level, where you just have to expect him to be there when his team needs him. We treat Ryan Miller that way – I think Thomas Vanek needs to be treated that way as well.
Last nights game puck is going to Tyler Ennis. Normally the staff can convince me otherwise with their pearls of wisdom, but my mind was set on this one, and no evidence was brought about to change my mind. Ennis played with his heart last night. Ennis got second star honors last night, and was hitting guys, going to the net, and he got on the scoresheet. If he can keep that pace up, he might just spark the rest of the team by motivating his linemates. He not only had a goal, but two assists as well, beating out Thomas Vanek for most points in the game. With just over 22 minutes of ice time, he won faceoffs when they were needed, and he caused some solid energy.